Letter: Putting people into groups of color ‘divisive’

Editor,

In his letter to the editor, Michael King says that a good teacher would point out that, “systemic racism is an obvious fact.”

It’s actually not an obvious fact, and a good teacher would ask their students to question just any “obvious fact.”

What Mr. King is doing is asserting a point and presenting no evidence for his claims. He gives a thought experiment and asks us white people whether we’d rather be black, and then once again, asserts without any evidence, his conclusion that the obvious answer is no.

If we flesh out this thought experiment a bit, the question could be asked whether people would rather be a broke, unhappy white person or a rich, happy Black person?

This goes to the core of the problem with Critical Race Theory; it puts people into groups of color, which is divisive.

Of course, King has another perfect answer to that. His answer is that, again, without supporting evidence, to deny your white privilege makes you a liar. Worse yet, he injects the accusation of racism when he claims that us white people think we are better than everyone else and is waiting for us “white people” to be honest about that.

Mr. King wants you to be afraid to stand up to his labels of racism and white guilt. To question his assertions is to tread on the sacred cow of what white people are ignorant of, and thus proves his assertions of racism. It’s a circular argument, and no one should buy into it.

Jimmy Sloan

Oak Harbor

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