It’s a make-or-break moment for North Carolina Democrats. They have been pushing the idea that NC can become a swing state since President Obama won it in 2008. After a 2016 election that saw NC voters elect a Democratic governor and state Supreme Court justice, while simultaneously helping send Donald Trump to the White House, this fall will help reveal whether Democrats can truly compete with the GOP in the Tar Heel State.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 28 districts on North Carolina’s legislative map are illegally gerrymandered based on race. This means that lawmakers must redraw said districts ahead of November. Democrats are hoping to see a more balanced distribution of voters across the new districts, but Republicans have demonstrated in the past that they are not afraid to replace gerrymandered districts with new gerrymandered districts, as they did in 2016.
The implications of recent national events must also be considered. With President Trump’s approval ratings hovering around 40 percent, there is obvious frustration among the American public with Republicans in charge. If this perfect storm isn’t enough to help Democrats pull out some wins in North Carolina this fall, it is difficult to imagine what will.
Regarding “Durham City Council rejects ‘militarization of our police force.’” (Apr. 5): The Durham City Council took a courageous step last week, introducing a policy statement to prevent police exchanges between the Durham Police Department and the Israeli military. They are now facing bullies who will throw communities of color in the U.S. and in Palestine under the bus to promote their own right-wing agenda.
I am proud to see Durham support this policy. The Demilitarize! From Durham2Palestine campaign is led by an amazing, interfaith, multiracial coalition of 10 local social justice organizations .
Together, we have been urging the Council to pass this policy for a year now. In the process, over 15 additional community groups have signed on and we’ve gathered well over 1000 local petition signatures. I am engaged in this work because I know that my safety and my liberation is bound up with all beings on this planet. As a white, queer, trans, Jewish person, I refuse to settle for visions of safety that harm black, Muslim, Palestinian, Arab and Latinx people. It is absolutely necessary that we divest from militarization and invest in black and brown futures.
Don’t teach morals
Regarding “Parent objects after receiving PTA handout on white privilege” (Apr. 6): The brouhaha over teaching the concept of “white supremacy” in public schools is a perfect example of what has brought the American public school system from being the best in the world to a level of abject mediocrity. Educators’ mission is to teach “the three Rs.” They have no business teaching ethics or moral and social values; that is the sole right and responsibility of parents. When government uses its mandatory public education system to do this, it becomes indoctrination.
Several years ago, I was appalled when my second-grade granddaughter informed me that my generation was destroying the planet and her generation was going to save it. I asked where she had learned that and she said from her teacher. That teacher should be fired for inflicting her political/social beliefs on such young minds.
Likewise, the teaching of concepts such as “social justice,” “white supremacy,” “inclusion,” “diversity” and political correctness should be hands-off to the school system. We are graduating children today who can barely write a legible paragraph or do basic math, but are well brainwashed in what should be “offensive” to them.