by Guy Page
Video production company Rebirth The Media has filmed and produced a 48-minute video of Friday night’s Town Hall Meeting in Essex on Critical Race Theory. Seen above, it features organizer and moderator Ellie Martin, Essex mom and school board member Liz Cady, Essex high school student Alex Katnelson, and State Sen. Russ Ingalls (R-Essex/Orleans). They and others spoke on the dangers posed, and the alternatives to, a curriculum based on Critical Race Theory (CRT).
Below is an 11-minute excerpt (Facebook video) of Cady’s critique of Critical Race Theory.
Cady noted that the Essex School District officials have confirmed – twice – that the Courageous Conversations curriculum (which begins as young as age 5) is based on Critical Race Theory, which teaches that “the most important thing about you is your race.” For students learning CRT, “there is a feeling of great shame for something they have no control over – shame for the color of their skin, shame for the fact that they are victims and cannot achieve anything unless someone helps them, and shame for their country, because it is systemically racist.”
Excerpts from Cady’s comments:
“How are we to continue and work together and have a country in which we recognize each other’s common humanity, and we try to better it, when we are dividing people by their race and when we are teaching them to not work together?”
“In this country, we have had great successes, and we have had great failures. The only way that we can continue to be better, that we don’t repeat past mistakes, is to look at the places we have failed and the places we have succeeded.”
“Critical race theory teaches racial discrimination in the name of defeating racial discrimination. It is illogical, it is illegal, and it is downright dangerous to our young children.”
“Discrimination is not only not legal, but it will not win in this country.”
Cady also critiqued and questioned sections of the proposed revised school district “Equity Policy” which will be reviewed by the school board tonight, Tuesday, June 1, at a Zoom meeting open to the public, registration necessary;
The public also may express their concerns Tuesday, June 8 at an “Equity Education Session” 6-7:30 pm, offered online by Essex Equity and Inclusion Director Erin Maguire and another ‘equity’ expert. Registration is required.