This week (every week?) has been filled with distractions from the Executive branch. I heard a comedian once liken Donald Trump to a monkey in a theatre flinging feces at the audience so no one would pay attention to the actual play going on.
His divisive remarks about Charlottesville, saying that somehow the “alt-left” was partly to blame for Neo-Nazis and the KKK causing chaos leaving three people dead, is dangerous but unsurprising from him. We all knew what he really thought about diversity.
Once again, we must look to ourselves for leadership. One of the most eye-popping articles I read was about a father repudiating his 30 year-old son in his local newspaper for joining the alt-right/white supremacists rally: He didn’t learn this at home.
Another article that connected with me was an interview with the former high school teacher of James Alex Fields Jr., the man who used his car to strike counter protesters killing one and injuring 19. The teacher said that Fields was bright but misguided and handed in a paper basically glorifying Nazi views. The teacher felt like he failed because he wasn’t able to counter this young man’s skewed views.
These two articles resonated with me because it brings back the importance of making sure our students are educated with facts and not revisionist history distorted from the dark corners of the alt-right internet. The information that young men and women fill their brain with matters.
While no one has control over the world wide web, we do have a say in the text books they read. That’s why there was such an uproar in 2015 when the Texas Board of Education approved textbooks that said Moses was a Founding Father and slaves were “workers” from Africa. Now, more then ever, it is important that we teach tolerance and truth from a very young age.
After this weekend’s events many were left asking, “How can I get involved? What can I do?” Let’s think local.
There are 12 school districts that have seats open on their school boards. These districts include: Houston, Klein, Leander, Los Fresnos, New Caney, Schertz-Cibolo, Spring, College Station, Aldine, Alief, Bryan and Cypress-Fairbanks.
Wouldn’t it be great if these school boards had some progressive candidates elected to them? The deadline to file candidacy is Monday, August 21.
Know someone that lives in a district that would be great candidate? Share this post with them or tag them in it!
We must do what we can at the local level to ensure that tolerance is taught to the greatest assets we have, our children.
March on y’all
P.S. – If you do know a progressive running, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear and help!