The socialist advances being forced on our country by the current federal government and the implementation of Marxist derived critical race theory being increasingly implemented in our educational systems should be scary to all Americans regardless of party affiliation.

We read daily about the federal government changes, but there is little to nothing being reported about the implementation of critical race theory. It essentially is a process that supports the division we see today between the races and blames all white people for the problems of Black people. By introducing it into our educational system, the supporters of critical race theory are brainwashing our youth with the false claims inherent in critical race theory. Please read the article “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It” by Christopher F. Rufo, founder and director of “Battlefront.”

I am concerned, yes, even scared that our country is being slowly devoured by people that are not Americans though they may be citizens. Our country grew to the best in all of history through a two-party system that used the contention system to resolve differences. Today that system has become a force-it-down-our-throat system with little to no debate prior to the implementation.

I ask all Americans to please stand up and be heard in our support for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the customs and ideals that made America great. The letter in the FNP on May 19, “Time for Convention of States to fix country” by Robert Fischer is absolutely needed and I ask you to sign up at conventionofstates.com.

(78) comments

bosco

Espousing or teaching that someone has inherent attributes, deficiencies, attitudes, or characteristics, based on the color of their skin is about as racist as one can get - and not really a surprise that it's supported by the Dimocrats, the party of identity politics.

Remember when Hidin' Biden said you ain't Black if you don't vote for me? That assumes that all Blacks are monolithic thinkers and incapable of making their own decisions. We all need to be beholden to Massah Biden down on the Dimocrat plantation.

Awteam2021

“ Massah” is one of the locations which the Torah identifies as having been travelled through by the Israelites, during the Exodus. Biden is Catholic. I think you meant "Massa" another word for saying "master". It was a funny slang that trended on TikTok until non-black persons starting using it.

phydeaux994

“Espousing or teaching that someone has inherent attributes, deficiencies, attitudes, or characteristics, based on the color of their skin is about as racist as one can get”....I guess it is as racist as one can get, it’s the definition of Racism. Are you contending that you don’t do that bosco??

bosco

Why would you say that, Fido? If anything I have advocated judging people by the content of their character - something out of favor with the liberals in the era of identity politics. Judging people by the content of their character gives one license to judge crooks, gang bangers, thugs, and gangstas according. What's so hard about that?

Awteam2021

Sounds like you’re in favor of including the African American experience as part of US history classes? Bosco, I knew you would come around. It’s time to stop the identifying politics (like dims, Marxist, socialist, Nazi, you know the list better then me) just Stop! Show some character by making points, have content and just tell your story, and prepare it to stand up to scrutiny 🧐. What Butt fears is losing his life long privilege position as being better, the special race . That’s not how it works. Like you said it’s content, character, and how you see and treat others, as alike rather than judging through prejudice eyes.

mrnatural1

There was a good article in yesterday's Post:

"What is critical race theory, and why do Republicans want to ban it in schools?"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/29/critical-race-theory-bans-schools/

Quotes:

"Rather than encouraging White people to feel guilty, Thomas said critical race theorists aim to shift focus away from individual people’s bad actions and toward how systems uphold racial disparities."

"“Our country needs to acknowledge its history of systemic racism and reckon with present day impacts of racial discrimination — this includes being able to teach and talk about these concepts in our schools,”

veritas

Infusing critical race theory into the minds of elementary, middle and high schoolers is indoctrination, not education. Critical race theory no more belongs in the public school system than does religious instruction. Impelling young people to use skin color as the essential measure of character, or lack of character, is not just wrong, it's evil. Castigating and denigrating people because of their race does not diminish racism, it exacerbates it. Critical race theory is a toxic potion brewed up by a vocal minority of guilt-ridden, self-loathing, perpetually aggrieved liberals intent on foisting their cynical, dystopian world view on the rest of us. They should be loudly opposed at every opportunity.

Awteam2021

You are totally misinformed Veritas.

Religion is a ‘belief’ not history. Adam didn’t pull a rib out of his chest and create Eve. Nor did Eve say “you ain’t got nothin’ in your refrigerator”, then go out and ate the forbidden fruit. Nor is ‘critical race theory’ a means of measuring ones character, or lack of character by skin color. That’s not true.

CRT examines the appearance of race and racism across the dominant cultural perceptions. It traces systemic racism in America through the nation’s legacy of slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and recent events. Inclusion of that history allows us to observe and understand how people and societies behaved. For example, we are able to evaluate war, even when a nation is at peace, by looking back at previous events. History provides us with the data that is used to create laws, or theories about various aspects of society and improve societal intercourse.

Leaving a great portion of the American experience out of history studies only hurts all and leads to future misunderstandings and turmoil.

veritas

Nice try, Aw, but your attempts to mis-misinform me by parroting critical race theory analogies, metaphors and jargon are insufficient. I leave our discussion with a metaphor of my own: CRT is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

sarahemily

Mr. Bugg, I wholeheartedly agree. It may not be obvious from the nasty comments you have received on here, but I am a parent of four FCPS students and I know there are many parents who are also alarmed and don’t agree with the teaching of critical race theory to our children. Schools should stick to the basics and leave politics to be taught in the home. I doubt many of these commenters have taken the time to read the article you referenced, to even consider a different opinion than theirs.

Burgessdr

Open cabinet. Pull colander out. Write LTE.

Burgessdr

Bat crazy

public-redux

I had never heard of critical race theory until sometime last year when it began to show up on some of the conservative sites I regularly read. I could tell from the tone of the articles (Marxism! Leftists! Secularism!) that it was a manufactured scare tactic. A theologically conservative Christian blog that I enjoy reading that likes the idea of government-sanctioned Christian prayer was aghast at the report that children might learn Aztec religious chants. I finally had to go read up on CRT to find out what it actually is. It isn’t what Mr. Bugg thinks.

Piedmontgardener

You read, sift and think. That's not Mr. Bugg. He regurgitates memes fed to him that are perfectly selected for the audience. And delivers them breathlessly with the requisite buzz words.

sarahemily

The co-founder of BLM has called herself a trained Marxist in interviews. Why does it make William Bugg crazy to refer to these people as Marxist when they refer to themselves as such?

Awteam2021

Are you talking about Patrisse Cullors? Wasn’t she talking about studying the writings of Karl Marx’s views about the social and economic inequities in society? Do you consider yourself a ‘white nationalist’? I ask because many Trump’s supporters are but I bet, you don’t think you are. Right? And what does that have to do with critical race theory?

sarahemily

No, I am not a white nationalist and I can’t think of any prominent Trump supporter who has labeled himself or herself a white nationalist. But there are plenty of Democrats, yes including Patrice Cullors, who have stated that they are friendly towards the ideas of socialism or Marxism. So my point was....why are your fellow commenters so afraid of those labels when Mr. Bugg uses them to describe CRT?

Awteam2021

Because Sara, Butt is using Marxism as a racially charged code word. That has nothing to do with including the African American experience and dealing with America’s “tortured racial past. Also, there has been 450 white nationalist that have been charged for the insurrection on democracy, with more to come. I imagine you wouldn’t want your children reading about that in the text boxes.

sarahemily

Awteam, I’m really not clear on what you mean by my children and text boxes....??.....but I think it’s just so rich that you take so much offense to anyone referring to your beliefs as Marxist, yet you feel free to label all republicans as white nationalists.

public-redux

sarahemily, Could you point out where awteam labeled all Republicans as white nationalists? I can’t find it. As a white Republican myself, I’m very interested.

sarahemily

Public_redux: all of these commenters are so offended that words like “Marxist and socialist” are being used to describe leftist ideas like critical race theory. Yet AW has no problem referring to the people arrested for the Capitol protest as “white nationalists” when I’m sure they would not refer to themselves that way. I don’t know, why don’t we ask the average democrat or journalist whether they would label all or most Trump voters as white nationalists. I bet a lot of them would say yes. I have been called racist several times over the past 4 years just for being a mainstream Republican or Trump supporter. If you watch 30 minutes of CNN it’s obvious that this is what they think of conservative Republicans.

Awteam2021

Sorry Sara but FBI Director Wray, appointed by Donald Trump, said under oath to Congress that the insurrection was caused by violent extremists with ties to right-wing militias and white supremacy and are facing federal charges for their roles. That includes members of the proclaimed white nationalist Oath Keepers paramilitary group and the Proud Boys. See for yourself. There a video of his testimony in the article:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/02/972539274/fbi-director-wray-testifies-before-congress-for-1st-time-since-capitol-attack

public-redux

sarahemily, I don’t see in your response where awteam labeled all Republicans as white nationalists. Would you kindly show me where awteam wrote that? Or acknowledge that what you wrote isn’t true. Thank you.

public-redux

sarahemily, Did you mean to respond to a different comment? I did not write or even hint that Mr. Bugg is crazy.

sarahemily

Public-redux, 😩 he grouped all the 450 people who have been arrested for the Capitol “riot” as white nationalists. How does he know they are all part of a white supremacist or white nationalist group, or is he just throwing inflammatory descriptions at them? From what I’ve seen about the Capitol “riot,” there were many ordinary people there and no guns seized.

Probably mostly ordinary republicans who were upset that their voices hadn’t been heard. These weren’t crazy right-wing extremist types who were truly trying to overthrow the govt, although that’s how the media wants to portray it. My original point was that all of you leftist commenters (even though you say you are a Republican) are so offended for CRT to be labeled Marxist, when you think it’s okay to label republicans as racist, white supremacist, etc. just because they don’t agree with you.

public-redux

sarahemily, You sure use a lot of words to avoid saying, “I was wrong.” But at least you did implicitly acknowledge your error when you admitted that awteam was talking about only 450 people (some of whom may not even be Republican) rather than “all Republicans.

Nonetheless, your comments here have been an embarrassment for us conservatives. Try to avoid telling such obvious untruths.

sarahemily

AW- never heard of Proud boys until a year or two ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Oath Keepers until you mentioned them just now. Now I know why. Just googled them and found on their Wikipedia pages that Proud boys have approximately “several hundred up to 6,000” members and Oath Keepers likely have “no higher than 5,000.” In the entire United States.

Awteam2021

Never heard of Proud Boys or Oath Keeper. Why am I not shocked 😳? That’s rather obvious. There plenty more groups you probably haven’t heard of. The FBI have though, and they say that domestic white nationalist groups are the number 1 terrorist threat to Americans.🤷‍♂️

https://www.npr.org/sections/insurrection-at-the-capitol/2021/01/19/958240531/members-of-right-wing-militias-extremist-groups-are-latest-charged-in-capitol-si

Awteam2021

Only 5,000? That’s a brigade in the military. Twice the amount of troops in Afghanistan.

sarahemily

Well one more point: if these “right-wing, extremist, paramilitary” groups are such a threat, why was there not one weapon seized at the Capitol building that day? Looks like a pretty lousy paramilitary force.

sarahemily

AW- Oh and I also thought I heard that these terrorist groups were supposed to invade DC and the state capitols again sometime in January.....which never materialized.

Awteam2021

Sara, you may want to inform the courts of that because included in the federal charges against the rioters shows that they did come armed, and with a variety of weapons: stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and flagpoles wielded as clubs. An additional suspect is also wanted for planting pipe bombs by the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties the night before the riot and remains at large.

Awteam2021

Alabama man arrested near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a cache of weapons and homemade Molotov cocktails was previously flagged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 for armed militia activity, according to new court records.

jth7100

Condensed: "our white country is disappearing. "

Piedmontgardener

Look, it's a cut and paste, talking point e-mail offered as a LTE.

Stop printing this stuff, FNP, it's not a conversation, it's designed political content for idiots.

sarahemily

Absolutely not- I have four kids in FCPS ages 8th grade and younger. My 14 year old watched a video in March where a white girl said that she feels guilty for being white. They are being taught that if you’re white, you’re part of the “oppressor” class. This is nonsense and garbage, and people are waking up to it.

mamlukman

The law professors at Harvard, UCLA, etc. who developed critical race theory in the 1970s would be amazed at their transformation into Marxists and Communists!

This is not some "new" fashionable trend. It's 50 years old.

It's not a set of commandments or rules. It's an argument that historically, white people have made and interpreted the laws. (Anyone want to argue that one? Any Black Founding Fathers we have overlooked? Any Black Supreme Court justices before Thurgood Marshall?) Therefore, even if it was unintended, laws and their interpretation have favored white people. (We could go through a long, long list to show that.)

Furthermore, in the workplace, even if hiring and promotion practices seem neutral or even handed, once again, these were almost exclusively designed by white people. So a job requirement for a college degree may seem fair on the surface, but in fact favors those groups (white, Asians) who tend to have, proportionally, more college degrees. Or a requirement that stresses being on time discriminates against those who live furthest away from their work place.

In sum, it's simply an argument that says if rules are to be made, people of all races should be involved in making the rules. It argues that white people with the best intentions cannot fully put themselves in the place of a Black person--only a Black person can fully represent Black people and their point of view. It that unreasonable?

smassaros

So much is just heartbreaking about Mr. Bugg’s letter. It seems to be based on great fear of living in a changing country, for one. He seems just about frantic that all blame for the unequal treatment of Black Americans is being dumped completely on White Americans. Well, politically and cultural power held by whites folks has, to be honest, been at the root of most inequality issues related to Blacks and every other racial or cultural group in our land. We need to change, Mr. Bugg. Also, we will never, as you fear, turn into a Leninist socialist country. We did, however, almost turn into a Putinesque pawn, and ventured terrifyingly close to totalitarianism under the former President. Frankly, we’re not quite out of the woods yet, on that front. Where the heck were your criticisms and fears then?? And further, I’m sorry you find comfort in the particular group you mention. I do agree with their belief of limiting congressional term limits, but boy that is all. Lastly, you folks at FNP—what the heck are you doing, permitting a letter that promotes an organization?? No. That’s bad, FNP.

Dwasserba

“Our country grew to the best in all of history through a two-party system...” we can look back on that fondly. The R party seems broken. Scary.

Boyce Rensberger

Whaddaya mean? We have two parties. One that wants to govern and actually has policies intended to make life better for everyone. And another party that doesn't.

shiftless88

A classic case of Mr. Bugg railing against something he knows almost nothing about (and what he thinks he does know about it is actually wrong). I would bet $10 that he has never read information on this topic from someone like Camara Phyllis Jones, and that he gets all of his information from the white right.

Boyce Rensberger

He is a Bugg, not a feature.

writer

I generally don't get online to read replies to Letters to Editor, but Bugg's letter was so egregious I wanted to see comments made & am pleased to read so many that capture my thoughts about Bugg's racism. Good comments all, and, as usual Boyce, a good play on words to tie a bow around the comments.

gary4books

[beam][beam]

phydeaux994

It continues to amaze me, how much Racists hate to be reminded they are Racists.

bosco

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

Finally, something we can agree on.👍

bosco

Oh, I suspect there's a lot we would agree on over a beer. Law and order, for one.

BTW, Fido, you asked for information about people killed during the BLM riots last year and I posted a link for you.

Enjoy your weekend.

Awteam2021

At least 11 Americans were killed while participating in political demonstrations last year (not all BLM demonstrations) 14 more died in other incidents linked to political unrest, according to new data from a non-profit monitoring political unrest in the United States.

Nine of the people killed during protests were demonstrators taking part in Black Lives Matter protests. Two were conservatives killed after pro-Trump “patriot rallies”. All but one were killed by fellow citizens. There’s was a lot of anger and violence, grievances played out under the Trump administration. That should be noted in the history books.

The new data highlights the danger of the presence of guns during politically charged protest and how it’s most destructive to minorities.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/31/americans-killed-protests-political-unrest-acled

bosco

As much, if not more, as when the left's racist policies are pointed out to them.

DickD

Look at slavery, tenant farmers and hiring practices of large corporations. Look at segregated schools, look at housing. If you believe in fairness, Bill Bugg, tell me how that was fair.

sevenstones1000

When a person starts their letter with hysterical references to socialism and Marxism, there really is no point continuing. Anything that follows is a waste of time. Zzzzzzz.

Jim Hartley

Yes.

sarahemily

Sevenstones: BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a 2015 interview that she and her fellow co-founders are “trained marxists.” If they call themselves that, why is it a scare tactic for William Bugg to point that out? Some of you FNP commenters might still be moderate Democrats but your party is increasingly run by the much more radical left these days.

phydeaux994

The farther Right your Party goes the farther Left the moderate Democratic Party seems to be. The Republican Party has gone beyond Far Right into some sort of Netherworld of the Big Lie.

sarahemily

Phydeaux I disagree. JFK’s “ask not what your country can do for you” is a far cry from today’s Democrat party that promises free college, free preschool, free healthcare, student loan forgiveness, on and on. Everyone is some kind of victim and the government is here to take care of you. I don’t think Democrats have always been in favor of all of those things, but now they are all mainstream Democrat stances.

Greg F

Why does FNP continue to let the radical ignorance of Bugg continue to print his lunacy here? He has not come up with one legitimate argument in ages, resorts to calling anyone he disagrees with for not being a fascist radical right winger type as being socialist, marxist, ignorant or other. Time to pull the plug on the bug.

sevenstones1000

Unfortunately, Mr. Bugg is the real Frederick.

Greg F

No...he is just the vocal wingnut crew who thinks the only critical race is white.

Boyce Rensberger

If that's true, "the real Frederick" is a shrinking minority. The education level of the average Frederick resident is rising.

Greg F

That shrinking minority is screaming out all hurt they are going to be marginalized like they've done to others for as long as people have existed. Scared little bullies who have to feign strength to thwart someone popping them in the jaw as they so sorely deserve.

public-redux

Equality feels like oppression when one is accustomed to privilege.

veritas

Indeed. Elitists are the ascendant class in Frederick. In addition to their superior education, they are highly intelligent, courageous, noble and, above all, enlightened, qualities to which they will allude at every opportunity. Oy.

Awteam2021

So, Would that mean the once privileged elite having less education, less intelligent, lacking courage and nobility in Frederick are descending, and the new privilege elite seeking high standards of inclusion are ascending?🤷‍♂️ Hurrah.

sarahemily

So Greg, it’s okay for you to call William Bugg a racist and fascist, but not okay for him to call people like you socialists? Interesting.

Blueline

Recognize it for what it is. Like selling Sham-Wow, people run around yelling, & make a boat-load of money from it via books & the college lecture circuit.

threecents

William Bugg is Archie Bunker on Fox News steroids.

Greg F

Nailed it.

fjulia

It is amazing how delusional some folks can be. It also weakens the point when you use phrases that are emotional rather than factual: socialist advances, Marxist, blames all white people. However my greatest criticism is the phrase: not Americans ...but citizens! Who made Mr. Bugg the arbitrator of who is an American. He claims that having contending parties what made this nation's success, yet he implies that those who do not think as he does are not Americans. To me it is clear who doesn't understand what it means to be an American.

gary4books

Who is an "American?" The straight answer is "anyone from North or South America." But tradition (in the USA)_ means only us from the United States. It ought to be time for us to get over that and recognize Canadians, Mexicans and even Cubans as Americans. Too.

MD1756

Piffle. There is nothing wrong with people in this country using "American" as short hand for "a citizen of the United States of America" including its territories. After all, as far as I know, we are the only country in North America or South America with "America" as part of the country's name. Similarly, someone from the United Arab Emirates is called an Emirian. If not "American," what would you suggest we use as short hand for someone from the United States of America?

gary4books

It is a tradition in the USA. Some Canadians say "I am not American. I am Canadian." Nothing new.

BigAl

Mr Bugg would really have enjoyed Munich in 1933

Was he one of the tourists at the capital on 1/6?

Greg F

Bugg is no less than a fanboy 4th Reicher.

sarahemily

You people are incredible. Again, it’s okay to call William Bugg a Nazi, but he’d better not refer to critical race theory proponents as socialist and Marxist? That is amazing.

The left (is that too scary a word too?) has been slowly creeping its agenda into public schools for a long time. Finally people are waking up to it. I don’t want my kids (I have four young kids in FCPS) learning that they are oppressors for being white. It is unproductive and creates divisions that wouldn’t otherwise exist. Why can’t schools just be great at teaching math and writing and language arts? That is the point of Mr. Bugg and many of us out here.

phydeaux994

Have any of your kids been taught that they are oppressors because they are White? “Critical Race Theory” is just another buzzword to scare the “Base”, like “Socialism” and “Open Borders” and “Full Term Abortions” and “Take your guns away” and “Death Squads” and many others. It’s easy to manipulate scared people.

Awteam2021

Nazi where the ruling party of the 3rd Reich. The 4th Reich is a hypothetical future.🤔

sarahemily

Phydeaux, no, I disagree that critical race theory is simply a buzzword to scare easily manipulated people. Yes, my 6th and 8th graders in FCPS have been talking about racial issues in their advisory time (not sure what the official name of the curriculum is). My 8th grader watched a video called something like “teens talk race” where a white girl says she feels guilty for being white. Other teens in minority groups talk about instances of racism they have experienced. Why? What purpose does this serve?

Why not instead talk about how black and brown people experience more success in America than anywhere else in the world? Or celebrate the fact that America has overcome its past and has twice elected a black president, and that there are important minority business people and politicians all over the country? The idea that America is still systematically racist is wrong and it is so unhelpful to promote that.

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