As many of the community are aware, the Wilmot Public Library is again hosting a workshop promulgating racist ideology that has, with the passage of House Bill 2 in July, become unlawful to promote in the library’s capacity as a public/quasi-public entity.
(See pages 145 and 146 of the Final Version of the Budget Trailer Bill passed this 2021 Session for more info).
From the Library Newsletter:
“On September 10 at 3 p.m. the library will again collaborate with the First Congregational Church of Wilmot for a workshop based on the book “Let’s Talk Race” by Drs. Fern Johnson and Marlene Fine. The authors, two white women who adopted and raised two Black sons, share their insights and practical advice for white people in a helpful, nonjudgmental way. This workshop, “Debunking Unconscious Bias” will take place on the lawn between the church and the library.”
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From the book’s (“Let’s Talk Race”) website:
“White privilege. White fear. White guilt. Ingrained, systemic racism is being revealed and yet many white people have been unable or unwilling to talk about it. The conversations need to start now.”
From the Final House Bill 2 signed into law (with pertinent parts bolded):
“Public employer” includes the state or any subdivision thereof, including, but not limited to counties, cities, towns, precincts, water districts, school districts, school administrative units, or quasi-public entities.
Prohibition on Public Employers. No public employer, either directly or through the use of an outside contractor, shall teach, advocate, instruct, or train any employee, student, service recipient, contractor, staff member, inmate, or any other individual or group, any one or more of the following:
- That people of one age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin, are inherently superior or inferior to people of another age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin;
- That an individual, by virtue of his or her age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
- That an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin; or
Our 1st Amendment protects the right to have discussions and I don’t have a problem with open discussions about race or anything else for that matter. What I do have a problem with is using tax-payer dollars to advance a racist narrative by hosting a “discussion” based on the premise that white supremacy and systematic racism are endemic to our culture.
Critical Race Theory has many faces and many tenants such as race driving beliefs and behaviors. It doesn’t get much more racist than that.
The laws of the State of New Hampshire (and a huge segment of our nation) agree. I call on the Wilmot Public Library to have the courage to be honest about the narrative they have subscribed to and anyone in doubt, to take a look at Let’s Talk Race.com or browse the book’s chapters on Amazon and judge the truth for yourself.
Let’s stop the division based on color and treat everyone with equality regardless of the color of our skin.