Updated: Aug 10

In this post I am sharing my letter to the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Board of Education at Howard County Schools. I believe this letter is a powerful testimony that exposes the lack of truth being taught to our children in the schools. I wrote this letter in 2018 when, I found out that the schools were adding the BLM movement into the black history month curriculum.



Dear Kevin and Board of Education members,

I wanted to express my concern regarding the addition of a curriculum during Black history month that is highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement. I was pretty upset about this because I feel like the concerns which started the movement are valid. They are a concern to me and every person I know. However, in many of cases these protests morphed into rioting, destruction of property, violence against police officers and others in the community. It also facilitated a form of discrimination in that it encouraged the belief that all police officers do not care about black lives.

The civil rights movement is an extremely important and valuable movement, we must stand up for unfair treatment of anyone of every race. All life is valuable and should be respected and treated fairly. I think Black history month is a wonderful way to celebrate all the contributions of African Americans to the history of America.

It is my feeling that if the school is going to talk about this movement it must be willing to reveal and talk about all the consequences of the movement. The things that were right about the movement and the things that were wrong. In the resources that you sent me, which contained recommendations for the teachers to use, I saw no materials referencing the violence that occurred or the way police officers were portrayed. There was no condemnation of the rioting and the violence that happened and the facilitation of mistrust and hatred for police officers. Need I remind you of the extreme devastation this movement caused in our own city of Baltimore and the communities that saw violence and destruction in the name of Justice. In Baltimore 20 police officers were injured, 250 people arrested, 285-350 businesses damaged, 150 vehicle fires, 27 drugstores looted, thousands of Maryland National guard troops deployed to Baltimore and state of emergency declared in our city.

Considering this was a big news event and many students saw this unfold, I am not sure why the resources you provided do not address and express a firm condemnation of the hate, violence and destruction that was associated with these protests. You don't reference the target of hate that has been put on the backs of those who work to protect our cities, communities and neighborhoods from violence. Nor do I see in the resources any reference to the many black lives and all lives police officers save every day. There is no mention of the important role they play in keeping our communities safe.


In the words of the late great advocate for equal rights for all people, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote:

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love...

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.[9]


I would like to ask that you consider adding all aspects of this movement to your curriculum and provide resources that specifically condemn the spread of hatred, violence and racism in all of its forms. I would like to hear back from you regarding my concerns.

Sincerely,

Susan


I never did receive a response regarding my concerns.


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Updated: Aug 3

I want to first thank all of you for your support and contribution to my campaign. My reason for running for the board of education was based on protecting all children from the government working to steal the rights of children and parents. All children have the right to be raised by those who love them the most, which is you, their parents.

I want you to know that your voices matter, your stories matter and most of all your children matter. I am in this battle with you and will continue to stand in the gap for you and your children. I also want you to know that together we can accomplish much. We can break down the lies those in power are trying to feed our children on a daily basis through the education system. I am praying that you will armor up and join me. We will confront the erosion of our parental rights and authority by those in power. We will expose the Maryland state Board of Education, the Teacher's Union and the Board of Education who are using and abusing our children in their ideological power games. Together we can and will make a difference.

The first lie that I would like to tear down is the one that our schools are pursuing with a vengeance. The lie that every child is to excel at the same rate as all other children, and if not some kind of injustice has occurred. In their own mission and beliefs statement the Board of Education has stated that, " Every child is unique and has special abilities and interests that must be recognized and developed." In their own statement they verify that we are all different with special gifts and talents and it is their mission to nurture those individual gifts and talents. If that is the case, how can they now turn around and think fairness is treating everyone the same.? If everyone is being treated the same, then everyone loses, and no one is getting the education they deserve.

Let's look at the words they use to stir up division in order to pursue a lie.


- Equity- The quality of being fair and impartial.

-Diversity- The state of being diverse; variety.

-Inclusion- The act or state of being including or of being included within a group or Structure.


In the days and weeks ahead, together we will share the many experiences of those whose voices are being silenced and being bullied by those in leadership of our education system. I will also be sharing legislation the Maryland State board of Education is implementing to codify teaching students to deceive parents by removing their right to raise and make decisions for their own children's health and wellbeing.

Stay tuned,

Susan














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