I received a copy of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad as a Christmas present. It is a hell of a read.
Although a work of fiction, the depiction of our nation’s original sin of slavery is brutally on display in telling Cora’s story.
It makes perfect sense that when the organizers of at New Trier High School’s “Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights” they would invite Whitehead and New Trier’s students are lucky to have him.
As currently planned, students at the Winnetka and Northfield campuses will hear from a keynote speaker at the Feb. 28 event on “Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights,” and choose two of more than 100 sessions or workshops to attend, according to Assistant Supt. Tim Hayes. Keynote speakers are National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead, author of “The Underground Railroad,” and Andrew Ayden, co-author with U.S. Rep. John Lewis of “March,” a graphic novel series chronicling Lewis’ civil rights history.
A group of north shore Trumpnuts are not willing to surrender the narrative of slavery or current battles for social justice.
An outfit called the Illinois Family Institute is screaming foul.
From reading the seminar schedule, it seems that Big Brother has finally arrived. Such a patently one-sided indoctrination program is clearly a violation of education principles and parental rights. As for community member Paul Traynor’s comment that opposition to the seminar is small, I would say, that’s what Hillary and the cabal of progressives thought.
I hearken back to William Buckley’s statement that “In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think but is positive he arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. He’s usually outraged by the suggestion he is a flesh and blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinator.” And to think we pay taxes to finance another liberal assault on conservative values.
As of this morning over 5,000 New Trier parents and community members have signed a petition supporting the program as it is currently organized.
Fewer than 400 have signed an on-line petition in opposition.
There is a board meeting tonight where the issue will be discussed. Both sides plan to be present.