By: Diane Benjamin
This story should explain why Tari Renner despises Clarence Thomas. https://blnnews.com/2019/05/25/tari-renner-clarence-thomas-doesnt-act-afro-american/
Thomas is black and successful. Clarence proves being born poor and black in America does not mean you are doomed for life. The same applies to Ben Carson and many other minorities who are living the American Dream because they worked hard and didn’t play the victim card.
The Town of Normal is involved in an event being held October 3rd and 4th at Heartland. Is this event planned to keep minorities from prosperity by reinforcing their “victim-hood”. This is supposedly a diversity event, diversity of thought however is not allowed.
Below are parts of the agenda, note this is on the Town of Normal website:
Session 1: The History
Synopsis: Laws beginning in 1492 to 2018 that have highly impacted people of color in the United States. The idea of assimilating to white American culture to get along beginning with the Native Americans. The definition of who was considered an American according to law. The naturalization process by law was only allowed for whites immigrating to America. Why colorism became the identity of race (white/black), and the definition of black as defined by law (and white being defined using science).
Presenter: Chemberly Cummings
Session 2: What is Racism?
Synopsis: Identify and provide the definition of racism, levels of racism, white supremacy, white privilege, prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. The theory of colorblindness and the reality of it being the highest form of racism. Racism is systematic and has intentional results of inequity. The difference between equity and equality. The difference between racism v. discrimination.
Presenter: Dr. Shamaine Bertrand
Session 2: Micro-Aggressions & Coded Language
Synopsis: What is coded language? What is dog whistle politics and how it has added to the coded language of “state’s rights”, “tough on crime”, “cutting taxes”, “no big government” and “patriotic”. Societal mindsets that are created through imagery and coded language (mugshots v. family photos, thug v. teen, drug problem v. epidemic and medical crisis)
Presenter: Chemberly Cummings
What do these session say about America?
First, keep in mind a college is hosting this and a Town is involved. Dr. Bertrand is employed by ISU.
Second, this isn’t a discussion or debate. This “diversity” program will do exactly what they intend: DIVIDE.
Third: How much are taxpayers being billed for this event? Obviously Town staff was involved.
Fourth: Since the topics presented are Democrat political talking points, why isn’t Chemberly Cummings’ campaign committee footing the bill? She has announced she is running for a State office as a Democrat.
Will the Town of Normal, ISU, and Heartland hold an event promoting opposing points of view? How about a debate between opposing points of view? How about a symposium of the American Dream and how to achieve it?
Don’t hold your breath.
On the agenda:
Greetings – Mayor Chris Koos & Mayor Tari Renner (tentative)