Letter to the editor: Root out supremacism

Posted 10/27/21

As a 70-year-old white, straight male, I understand the views expressed by the letter writer (Oct. 7 “Warning about woke ideology”) who falsely equates what he calls “woke …

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Letter to the editor: Root out supremacism

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As a 70-year-old white, straight male, I understand the views expressed by the letter writer (Oct. 7 “Warning about woke ideology”) who falsely equates what he calls “woke teaching” with an incorrect definition of racism.

I once held similar, uninformed views. This is not surprising. Mainstream education traditionally presents a one-dimensional view of the United States, cherry-picking some facts about our history and culture and ignoring others that don’t “fit” the dominant view which is rooted in an unexamined white supremacist culture (imported from “Christian” Europe) justifying slavery and stealing by force the land from indigenous people.

Today, I see it as a blessing — and a sign of progress for our nation — that many educators are teaching our children a fuller set of facts about how our nation came to be and who we can become, opening up our kids’ thinking to accept and include all people as worthy.

Such education is rooted in a correct understanding of racism as prejudice plus power. While it is true that one pernicious effect of racism is that it “divides people into groups based on skin color,” the cause of racism is not promoting critical thinking among our young people but the conscious and deliberate maintenance of systems to uphold the status quo that privileges those defined as “white.”

We adults need to do the deeper work to root out unexamined white supremacist beliefs and assumptions. Working with a book like Layla Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy” is a good place to start.

John Paul Marosy

Littleton

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