Letter to the editor: Schools' equity policy needed

Posted 4/13/21

Schools’ equity policy needed Re equity policy at DCSD — thank you for including the quotes representing opposition. Many of them are verbatim the standard responses from entitled white …

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Letter to the editor: Schools' equity policy needed

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Schools’ equity policy needed

Re equity policy at DCSD — thank you for including the quotes representing opposition. Many of them are verbatim the standard responses from entitled white privileged people when issues of racial equity are discussed.

I’m a white male, and I remember thinking racial discrimination and inequity were at times blown out of proportion or not a problem in my community. Racism in America may not seem like a problem for the privileged but it’s definitely a problem for our country. And it only gets solved when white people let go of their fears.

Equity isn’t a threat to anyone, and it isn’t anti-white, and it isn’t a waste of time, money, or other resources. That’s all part of the same old rally cry that privileged people have used for centuries to try and protect suppressive and oppressive laws and culture in their own self-interest. The pursuit of equity is an opportunity to learn about the other (whatever that other may be) which is what ALL education is about. And through education we grow.

Presenting opportunity equally allows us all to benefit equally. The status quo may be comfortable and less scary for some, but it isn’t working because inequity doesn’t work. Historical problems demand resolution, and this debate didn’t appear because there isn’t a problem — it’s here because there’s a great opportunity. Let’s get a policy in place — it won’t be perfect but don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good. Refine over time, yes, but let’s get started now.

Paul White

Highlands Ranch

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