By: Diane Benjamin
President Trump banned the teaching of Critical Race Theory in all Federal Departments because it’s Marxist ideology. It is meant to destroy social norms to create an undefined utopia. It rejects the Declaration of Independence, the teachings of Martin Luther King, and of course Christianity. It destroys without ever saying what it is building.
Judging people based on race was wrong in the 1950’s and it is wrong today. It empowers ideology to divide, not bring people together.
Did you hear ISU offensive coordinator, Kurt Beathard was forced out for put a sign saying this on his office door: “All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” Athletic Director, Larry Lyons, was vilified for saying “Redbird Lives Matter”.
The email below was sent by ISU, it pretends black people are routinely murdered by the police for no reason:
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Members,
Our hearts are broken, again.
It pains me to address our campus community in response to the relentless acts of violence against Black women and men with the most recent centering around 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, whose life was cut short with careless disregard and with little or no consequence. Breonna, a young Black woman with her future ahead of her, could have easily been my daughter, my niece, or a student in my classroom. The grand jury decision surrounding her death makes us ask once again, do Black lives really matter?
Our nation is fraught with current and historic examples of Black lives being systemically diminished and undervalued on a daily basis. Yet, some forces in our society prefer that we ignore or dismiss the voices of despair, the cries of pain, and the demands for change. The preference by some that we look away and maintain the status quo can no longer stand.
Our communities are demanding change. Our communities are calling for us to invest in public school systems, so that Black children have an equal chance to reach their full potential as future leaders. Our communities are calling for us to provide equal access to health care for low-wage, front-line workers who don’t have the luxury of working from home during COVID-19. Our communities are calling for us to prevent corporations from placing toxic waste sites in the heart of low-income communities like Flint, Michigan, thus exposing innocent children to a lifetime of sickness and developmental delays. To squander the lives of Black people and other marginalized human beings is to rob the world of endless potential. Our society as a whole will bear more fruit when we embrace the essential core value that Black lives do matter – they always have, and they always will.
As our nation faces the unyielding challenge of a health pandemic compounded by racial division and economic disparities, I call on each member of our ISU community to take a stand for Black lives. Take a stand for justice and equality for those who have been marginalized, ostracized, and systematically sidelined from the American Dream.
It is up to us to honor the memory of Breonna and the many Black women and men whose lives have been cut short by the ugly vestiges of racial injustice. For my part, I hope every person in our campus community will take a moment to reflect upon who we are as a people and who we want to be as a nation. As we honor the memory of Breonna Taylor, I encourage us to SAY HER NAME. Then TAKE A STAND.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by getting involved with student organizations and the Multicultural Center that promote social and racial
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by joining the Multicultural Center’s virtual Justice Circle on October 16, which provides a space for students to use their voices for change. Faculty can learn how to show up for students and provide a safe space during times of crisis from 4-6 p.m. October 23.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by attending the Culturally Responsive Campus Community (CRCC) Conference on October 29-30, which will focus on addressing anti-Blackness. The theme for the 2020 CRCC is Equity with a Mirror.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by becoming engaged in our communities. Look to the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, especially in this time as we prepare to exercise our rights and civic responsibility to vote.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by seeking in-depth knowledge about the historic and contemporary lived experiences of African Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, individuals who identify as LGBTQA+, and international populations by choosing an interdisciplinary minor.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by exercising selfcare and utilizing the wellness resources that our campus offers to support emotional health and a sense of community. Do not talk yourself out of asking for help. Each person is worthy of care. Look to resources on Redbird Life and Student Counseling Services.
- Take a stand for Breonna Taylor by exercising or reconnecting with your faith or spirituality. Students can find faith- and spiritual-based organizations on Redbird Life.
In the depths of our collective grief, we can find the strength to make change, to make our voices heard. Each person has the right to mourn the decision that diminished the life and death of Breonna Taylor. And we have the right to celebrate the lives of Black people. We matter.
Dr. Doris Houston
Interim Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion
That last point is immaterial in light of what happened to Kurt Beathard. Is there an approved brand of spirituality ISU?
A reader sent the email to me. That person wanted to respond but feared for their job at ISU. If they were able to respond, this would be it:
I read your piece lamenting the Kentucky Attorney General’s ruling on the death of Breonna Taylor.
Yes, Breonna’s life was cut short. But you completely fail to ignore the poor choices that led to her death. You willfully ignore a mountain of evidence that shows that she was involved in drug dealing with both the current boyfriend and the one before him. The only careless disregard for her life that night involved the actions of both her and particularly her boyfriend. A prudent person would have answered that door with their empty hands in plain view. Actually, a prudent person wouldn’t have been involved in criminal activity to begin with.
What’s more, it wasn’t a “no knock” warrant and it wasn’t carried out at the wrong address. The warrant had her name and address on it. The evidence shows she and her beau chose not to answer the door. And when the boyfriend fired at cops making entry, they returned fire. Some have said her boyfriend was using her as a shield. I don’t know that for sure. What I do know is that if you shoot at the police, they have every right to return the favor.
You suggest that black (intentionally not capitalized to reflect proper English usage) lives somehow matter more than others. All lives matter, Dr. Houston. Every life is precious.
You complain of racial division and economic disparities. Really? I thought Barack Obama was supposed to solve those problems? Could it be that people like you do more to promote those divisions than to close them?
As for economic disparities, was it President Obama who lowered the black unemployment rate to record lows before the pandemic struck?
No it wasn’t Obama that did that. It was President Trump.
Here’s a suggestion: why don’t you “take a stand” for the rule of law and quit promulgating the fake news narrative that has lionized Breonna Taylor without merit.
That would take courage, unlike your virtually meaningless virtue signaling.
Let’s celebrate the lives of ALL people. Because, no matter your skin color, we all matter.