Some of the testimony in support of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action is presented below. I wanted to highlight some of what was said from their perspective:
Genya Coffey, an Ames teacher, said those who oppose this radical indoctrination “show us that bigotry still exists in the Ames community.”
Steph Schares, another Ames educator, celebrated the plan to address “systemic” problems within the district.
Kristin McDonald York, a teacher in Des Moines, said she is thankful the week is a priority for the district and that ending systemic racism in public schools is essential.
Ben said that he fully supports the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. He called it “disingenuous” to suggest someone has a value at home that shouldn’t be taught at school.
Ironically, Ben pointed to a scientific belief at home as being worthy of teaching it at school.
Well, most people would believe science and biology when it comes to determining someone’s gender.
Ben added that the BLM at School Week of Action, which includes teaching preschoolers the definition of “transgender” and “nonbinary” and kindergartners that everyone has a right to choose their own gender, is “ethical, reasonable and sensible.”
Michael Ellis compared teaching these things to children like teaching them about the holocaust.
Honestly, these were some of the tame ideas thrown out there by supporters of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action at school.
I won’t even bring up the folks who talked about white colonialism, white supremacists who tried to interrupt democracy on Jan. 6 at the Capitol or the person who said public schools are a place for facts and reality and not beliefs while rejecting the basic idea of gender being defined by biology.
Of course, there was also a line about being on “the right side of history.”
Maggie Murphy said she is more than happy to provide her support to the BLM Action Week.
“I do not follow Facebook anymore as I found out it has become a cesspool of white supremacy,” she said.
She said after reading some of the comments on Facebook she is disgusted.
“Unfortunately, I feel the shame of white privilege while raising my child here,” she said.
Murphy then said that a “supposed member of the liturgical community” made a thinly veiled reference to All Lives Matter.
“It reminds me that the Bible used to be used as a justification for slavery,” she said. “Perhaps, if religion is used as a justification for your point of view, perhaps it doesn’t belong in public discourse.”