Northland Country Club. Holiday Inn. Shriners AAD Temple. Cast Iron Bar & Grill. What do these venues have in common? They all refused to host an event this summer being put on by the Center of the American Experiment discussing critical race theory, or CRT. I can’t say I blame them. I can only imagine how they were threatened and bullied into canceling by those who also support Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Police and fire reportedly were alerted. I wonder why, if those opposed only wanted to peacefully protest.

I have been to other gatherings hosted by the Center of the American Experiment, and, remarkably, no police were involved. The staff, presenters, and attenders were all self-controlled, kind, and deferential.

What were opponents so afraid of this time? Do they think theirs are the only voices to be heard? Whatever happened to civil debate without the threat of violence? Whatever happened to mutual respect? Whatever happened to two sides being able to present their cases and let others decide for themselves?

Shame on Duluth public schools Superintendent John Magas for expressing agreement with the pushback against the event. Apparently, public education now has only one voice. I ask: How is that education? It isn’t; it’s indoctrination when only one side is heard and deemed as the only truth.

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Parents, I encourage you to research CRT and decide if it is what you want your children taught. If not, pull them out of public schools. Maybe when schools start losing funding, they’ll change course.

There are many Black Americans who don’t agree with CRT and its ideology, namely Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Voddie Baucham, and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. I encourage everyone to research their insights.

Denise M. O’Hara


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