Racial Equity Committee Meeting

Racial Equity Committee co-chair Kisha Coa listens to fellow committee co-chair Elissa Andrade during a meeting of the commitee Wednesday evening. The committee is assisting the Frederick County Board of Education in drafting an anti-racism policy.

Members of the Frederick County Board of Education and volunteers on its Racial Equity Committee are drafting an anti-racism policy for the school system.

During a meeting of the Racial Equity Committee (REC) on Wednesday afternoon, officials and committee members discussed the goals of the policy. They examined a draft policy that community members on the committee had written, which board members are currently revising.

The draft policy opens by stating that “rejecting all acts of racism is a legal and moral imperative, and each person in the school system plays a vital role in reducing racism by creating inclusive learning and working environments.”

It goes on to outline specific data points the school board should track in pursuit of those goals.

Board member David Bass outlined five main priorities he said he wanted the final policy to include — all of which are touched on in the draft.

Bass said the policy should address equity in school discipline, access to honors and Advanced Placement classes, and hiring across the school system. He also said it should lay out an easy system for reporting incidents of racism and bias.

Finally, Bass said, the policy should require annual presentations to the school board, so officials can review relevant data — looking at numbers on everything from suspensions to graduation rates to staff retention.

It’s not common for anyone other than the seven elected members of the school board to help draft a new policy, said Elissa Andrade, one of the chairs of the REC.

“It’s really a privilege for us,” Andrade said.

Still, said Kisha Coa, a co-chair of the group, the school board will have the final say.

“At the end of the day, it’s in their hands,” Coa said.

Tiffany Noble, a parent running for school board, spoke at the beginning of the meeting and took issue with the draft policy’s definition of racism. In the draft, racism is defined as “a complex system of beliefs and behaviors, grounded in a presumed superiority of the white race.”

Coa and Andrade said that definition came from a handbook for the FCPS staff.

The board’s anti-harassment policy, Board Policy 309, defines racism as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group.”

That’s almost exactly what comes up under a Google search of “define racism,” one committee member pointed out — except the Oxford Languages version says racism “typically” affects groups that are a “minority or marginalized.”

Noble argued during a public comment period that the REC’s definition of racism was, in itself, racist.

“Every race has racist people in it,” she said.

Coa and Andrade both said they’d like to see the definition in the anti-racism policy align with what the board previously passed. Bass agreed.

The data tracking requirements would be among the most important pieces of the final policy, Coa said.

“[We wanted to] include a call for real tracking so that we can look at improvement over time and really assess the extent to which we’re meeting our goals,” she said.

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(53) comments

artandarchitecture

Anti-drug public service poster in school--

Black drug dealer, white drug addict: "Why is the black man a dealer?" Racist!

White drug dealer, black drug addict: "Why is the black guy the addict?" Racist!

Black drug dealer, black drug addict: "Why show only black people hurting each other?" Racist!

White drug dealer, white drug addict: "Why aren't any blacks included in the ad?!"

I only wish I had quit playing this silly, rigged game sooner.

jloo

I'm Latino and when I hear people start talking about racism, its gonna really get racist.

threecents

It never fails to amaze me - whenever someone mentions a effort to prevent racism, there is so much backlash, and that backlash comes from people who insist they are not racist and argue about the definition of racism.

wran

I wonder what kind of country the US would be if all the white people got some kind of disease and all died. Would it be better? Would it be worse? What would its position in the world be?

phydeaux994

What would be better would be to have White Supremacist Racist White people accept all people as their peers, to treat people as they would want to be treated by them. Judge every person as an individual, not a a member of a stereotyped group

RobHarbin

"the white race" in the definition should be changed to "a particular race". Racism is a disorder that can be exhibited by any group of humans, unfortunately

Thewheelone

From the preface of the 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, "If we are truly a great nation, the truth cannot destroy us."

Blueline

LOL, that about the only thing in that which is true.

Boomer631B

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Thewheelone

Which parts of it did you find untrue, Blueline?

Blueline

The factual criticisms of 1619 have been documented by noted historians, but here goes: 1) The American Revolution was not fought to preserve slavery. 2) Abraham Lincoln was not a racist. 3) The wealth of the US today was not derived from slavery.

jloo

That helps, quoting from a fictitious account of history, lol.

Thewheelone

Have you read it, jloo? I think not.

shiftless88

Why is it that white people feel so threatened by discussions of racism? We white people, men primarily, are the power structure of this country. As an analogy, pomeranians and pit bulls can both bite but one is still far more dangerous because of their strength. The bite is not equal because of the power of the pit bull. Yes, black people or latinos or asians can hold racist thoughts, but they do not control the levers of power in this country or county. When white people make most of the decisions, their power makes any racism far more harmful.

Did any of you read the story of the white cops pulling over and searching the Delaware State University Lacross team bus? That is power and racism combined.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Shift4brains, I watched coverage of that bus story on three different networks. The facts appear to be that 95 is a main drug corridor. That was not the only bus that was stopped and searched. The windows on the bus were tinted, so the demographics of the occupants was not a factor in the stop. Once the bus was stopped, law enforcement would be remiss if they did not a thorough search.

So, shift4brains, what's your point?

Hayduke2

WFT - master of spin and diversion...

shiftless88

This was a college Lacrosse team. With coaches and everything. As someone mentioned, if this would have been Coach K and the Duke b-ball team would they have searched it? Nope. This wasn't some random bus. Once they realized that it was a college varsity sports team they should have realized that this is not a candidate for drug smuggling and let them continue.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Shift4brains, so it's not possible for a college sports team to smuggle drugs? That's exactly WHY a search was reasonable.

Boomer631B

How about the Duke Lacrosse team and the BS hoax by the hooker and the racism chaser lawyer???

phydeaux994

Name one College Sports Team that has ever been arrested for smuggling drugs on the team bus. EVER. Do you agree with shifts 3rd sentence above? Don’t be ridiculous. Are you going to respond to my 1:46 p.m. comment Whiskey? Why do you BTT(BullyTagTeam) guys refuse to put your views and reasons for your position in writing? Because you have only one reason and won’t admit it? That’s what I think.

phydeaux994

That was a terrible thing Boomer! It had absolutely nothing to do with the team, they were the victims.

Boomer631B

My point I am sure the team was cleaned and yet the law enforcement had to do their job to ensure they were clean... same holds true with the latest incident regardless of the team etc... racism on any level from any one is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated... and it happens in all facets of life regardless of race...

threecents

WT, Would you please grow up and stop with the nonsense?

Awteam2021

Bosco why you always so Obnoxious? https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2022/05/11/body-camera-footage-contradicts-sheriffs-account-georgia-bus-stop/9729651002/

sevenstones1000

What is the difference between racism and bigotry?

My understanding is that bigotry can apply to any race or group, since it means prejudice or hatred directed at another. I certainly see much pre-judging and hatred directed toward White people.

But racism can only apply to the actions of the group in power. In other words, racism can only flow downward. POC in the US cannot be racist, because they don’t have the institutional power.

I think it is important to address BOTH racism and bigotry. POC should not be allowed to get away with harassing or denigrating White students and vice versa. Polices and procedures should not privilege or burden one race or group of people more than another.

Let’s get our terms straight and then work to end both racism and bigotry.

Aslan19

@seven, your statement "... racism can only apply to the actions of the group in power. In other words, racism can only flow downward. POC in the US cannot be racist, because they don’t have the institutional power" is a complete fallacy. Yes, the group in power can exercise their racism more effectively, but that truth doesn't mean that someone "out of power" is not racist or practicing racism.

phydeaux994

Blacks in America don’t believe they are superior to Whites, they just want to have the same Rights and opportunity as Whites. That’s not Racism. Racism must have the element of superiority over another race. If a person of another race treats you badly and you dislike them for that, THAT IS NOT RACISM. It’s only when you condemn a whole race because you believe they are inherently less intelligent or inherently more violent or inherently lazy that defines Racism. Blacks do not believe they are superior to Whites, hence they are not Racists against Whites. Again, why is that beyond your comprehension?

sevenstones1000

I would ask you again, what is the difference between racism and bigotry? I don’t believe I am superior to any race. And also, I know many Black people who dislike and even hate White people.

Black people, however, have never had the power to, say, sic the police on White people, or designate redlined property that effectively enforces residential segregation and denies mortgages to White people.

So I see a difference between the two things, and neither should be permitted in our schools.

sevenstones1000

What is the difference between racism and bigotry? Or do you think they are the same thing.

phydeaux994

Racism is hating a whole RACE for perceived inherent differences that make them inferior to your race. “They can never be as qualified as your race to do anything”. Bigotry is hating a whole group for their beliefs or lifestyle or a myriad of other reasons.

phydeaux994

Not true seven, anybody can feel they are superior to another Race whether they are in Power or not. And bigotry doesn’t apply to that belief. Bigotry is when you condemn a whole group for any of hundreds of reasons. “I hate Liberals” is bigotry. “I hate LGBTQ+ people” is bigotry. “I hate Presbyterians” is bigotry. Blacks hating SOME Whites for treating them badly, or vice versa, is neither Racism or bigotry. It’s anger. You have to hate a whole race or group to be a Racist or a bigot.

artandarchitecture

Here's a handy-dandy, "racism" flow chart for the group everybody wishes to demonize:

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/580ff44287705680188318481199b6d7131c006e8cde0399fae176986b505000.png

artandarchitecture

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phydeaux994

Racism is defined as a belief that one’s race is SUPERIOR to another race or other races. The lady is right, Racism can be a person of any race that believes their race is superior to others. There should be no mention of any specific race in the definition. I just don’t understand why people can’t understand such a simple unambiguous definition. Being critical of a person of another race for any reason other than the belief that they are inherently inferior in intelligence or behavior IS NOT RACISM! End of story.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

""phydeaux994 Feb 2, 2021 12:52pm

It’s all about Race nyf, this whole freakin’ mess is about Race, it always has been. Only Racists deny that it is about Race""

phydeaux994

It’s still true Whiskey, the White Power Structure fighting to retain Power, i.e. voter suppression, i.e. job discrimination, i.e. social exclusion, is what is creating the destruction of Democracy in America. Don’t agree? What do you believe is driving the behavior of Donald John Trump and the Republiban Party? I’d love to hear your viewpoint on the subject. Give it a try. Peace.✌️😷 fat chance of that.😂🤣

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

My philosophy in life has always been:

"Judge every person as an individual, not a a member of a stereotyped group" (sound familiar?)

Why use racism as a cudgel against people that you don't even know?

But, don't hesitate to call a thug a thug regardless of what race he/she might be.

Boomer631B

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jsklinelga

phydeaux

Wrong! Your version of a definition. Here is the definition - prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.

Nothing to do with superiority. Curious though who are the ones with the antagonistic perspective.

phydeaux994

Merriam-Webster….

Definition of racism

1 : a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

Granted though jsk, in the last two years there has been pressure by the Right to come up with a definition of Racism that doesn’t have the word SUPERIORITY in it which is the one that is going to be the definition more Politically Correct to the MAGATS.

BTW jsk, I would really like a reasonable challenge to my 1:46 p.m. comment today from one or more of the BTT(BullyTagTeam) members. And especially from you, you’ve been dodging the question for 5 or 6 years now. How about it jsk, you’re the self appointed Scholar on the FNPOF. Are you up to it? Huh?

phydeaux994

Silence from Whiskey/bosco, silence from jsk. All is normal in Republiban Land. They got no cred.

jsklinelga

It is hard to argue that this is not a racist statement: “a complex system of beliefs and behaviors, grounded in a presumed superiority of the white race.”

jsklinelga

As a follow up, this seems to be a very uneducated approach to the problem of inequitable placement. A presumed psychological barrier that is not widespread in our current society instead of focus on the real obstacles and impediments. Overt antagonism is counter productive.

Boomer631B

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phydeaux994

“…..the problem of inequitable placement.” “…psychological barrier”?? that is not widespread in our current society instead of focus on the “….real obstacles and impediments.”

What problem? What barrier? What obstacles and impediments? How do these things cause the mess our Country is in? Indecipherable psychobabble as per usual.

Boomer631B

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Boomer631B

wow... could not get CRT into the curricula thru the back door so let us try with a new policy statement thru the front door under the workmanship of a committee...

Boomer631B

why are we wasting $$$ re-inventing or redefining the policy that has been solid for years or why not use the Federal or State version of the policy definition etc...

Aslan19

@Boomer, because we have been given a bunch of federal funds that were procured from the taxpayers in order to advance a specific viewpoint that is currently in vogue. This is going on so that certain people can expand their levers of control and/or compensate for their lowered views of themselves. Overall, it is rather sad.

Boomer631B

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Sam1934

I often feel the same way. That said, when we moved here in 1985 there were Klansmen in robes in one of the nearby towns. And about 5 years ago my son found Klan literature on his car windshield. So maybe the FCPS sees something that we can't see.

Boomer631B

well if you have that thought process how about ANTIFA BLM Black Panthers etc... it is always in our midst but it has become background not the main noise any longer.

threecents

Boomer, It is because of posts like yours that many qualify the term racism as referring only to the group with the greater power to oppress. I hope you see that the goal of the Klan has always been racism, while the opposite is true of BLM and Antifa.

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