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Letter to Editor: Public Letter
Re: Response to the Alleged False Allegation Concerning the Youth Commission and Ridgefield Allies
We have seen Mr. Alex Harris write letters like the one dated January 20, 2022 – letters in which he viciously attacks anyone who disagrees with him. This time, he also publicly made a statement, further exposing the agenda Ridgefield Allies is advocating.
Mr. Harris, I find the letter mean-spirited and disrespectful. It demonstrates an utter contempt for citizens' rights to participate in their representative government process. I am very familiar with these types of political hit tactics, when I was growing up in communist Mongolia, and they were used to silence people who expressed different views from the “Communist Party” propaganda.
Fortunately, we live in the United States, where equal rights and opportunities are entrenched in its laws and principles. As Ridgefield residents, my husband and I have every right to participate in our representative government process, exercise our freedom of speech, and express our views. It is not abusive or offensive to do so, and no one misspoke or behaved in a disruptive or disorderly fashion. Your characterization of our participation in the January 19, 2022 Board of Selectmen meeting as 'abusive and offensive' is slanderous and false, and your behavior posting and reposting your letter across multiple sites is, in short, utterly disgraceful. You have bullied us for simply disagreeing with you.
Yes, I ran for BOE, no matter the result (nearly a half of the residents who participated in the 2021 election voted for me). I am proud that I put myself out there as an immigrant from a formerly communist country currently run by corrupt oligarchs - a place where the very concept of participating in government is barely developed and dangerous. Regardless of the election result, you can continue to count me in as someone who will raise her hand and step up to make a contribution to society.
Our public comments about the Ridgefield Youth Commission at the January 19, 2022 Board of Selectmen meeting are true. The Youth Commission website exclusively posts Ridgefield Allies’ activities. These include:
Ridgefield Allies' Children's Book Reading featuring "Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X. Kendi from February 24, 2021;
The formation of Ridgefield Allies on June 24, 2020;
Ridgefield Allies' online rally supporting BLM protests (many of which turned into riots); and
Ridgefield Allies as one of the community resources on its short hand-picked list.
The Youth Commission is a branch of our town government, and its officials are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Quite conveniently, it appears that one of the Youth Commission's long-standing officials is also a co-founder of Ridgefield Allies. I have two law degrees and am a professional in the anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and ethical compliance line of work. There is a standard by which a public official's conduct is judged. In the eyes of the public, the Youth Commission’s activities demonstrate not only the appearance of impropriety; the public would be remiss not to infer some partnership or other inappropriate relationship between the Youth Commission and Ridgefield Allies.
My husband and I are educated and are well informed on critical race theory, critical pedagogy, postmodernism, cultural responsiveness, and other ideologies from the radical left and come to this issue as concerned local parents. We are aware of many other parents who share the same view. I am a woman of a minority race. As a biracial household, my husband and I both support wholeheartedly diversity and inclusion and embrace the teaching of MLK “not judging one another by the color of skin but by the content of character.”
Ibram X. Kendi is not the solution to these complex socio-economic issues by any measure. We learned from his books and articles about him that he is a well-known race hustler and an identity politician practicing under the auspices of postmodernism and neo-Marxism. He makes enormous amounts of money by writing racially divisive books and content that repackaged CRT core tenets (see article: Ibram X. Kendi is the false prophet of a dangerous and lucrative faith).
Kendi might be a popular author, yet he himself is anti-white (this is racism under the law), anti-meritocracy, he removes all mechanisms for discussion and finding common ground and nuance. He calls for "discrimination now to resolve discrimination in the past" and ultimately wants to infuse every aspect of our society with racial division, - see his book How to Be Antiracist: "The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination; "The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination and the only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination." AG of Missouri, Eric S. Schmitt explained in his May 2021 letter to the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona May 2021 letter to the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, how Kendi’s teachings go directly against the “equal protection principle” under the Constitution and other fundamental documents that underpin equality for all.
How is this healthy and productive? And how in God's name is this a person to promote to children? Kendi would claim anyone who disagrees with antiracism is a racist. In his interviews, his ideas are not well thought out, and he lapses into circular logic that explains nothing. It is because his supposition is a sham, and nothing more than identity politics, which in itself is driven by behaviors such as jealousy, resentment, and anger, which will result in societal devolution and tribalism. This anti-racist dogma is morally and ethically bankrupt; it is brutish, intolerant, and coercive. It contributes nothing to healing or unifying, and it shares many of the hallmarks of indoctrination. We maintain that promoting and glorifying an author who so obviously contradicts American values of equality and displays an absolute contempt for the laws of this country and the principles upon which they are founded via our town's Youth Commission is reckless and ill-conceived.
The book "Antiracist Baby" contains divisive stereotypes and promotes blame and shame. The book is actually not for babies at all, would be better titled, “A Guide for Parents Who Want to Further Divide Our Country and Advance Tribalism.” Its emphasis on skin color as the most important factor in an individual’s identity is divisive and destructive. And that is why the book and its author are toxic.
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