Letters to the Editor

4/30 Letters: Our schools may be integrated, but our curriculum definitely isn’t.

Pictured from left, Ralph Abernathy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Asbury Temple Methodist Church pastor Rev. Douglas Moore and N.C. Central University student Lacy Streeter visit the then-segregated lunch counter at Woolworth’s in downtown Durham on Feb. 16, 1960.
Pictured from left, Ralph Abernathy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Asbury Temple Methodist Church pastor Rev. Douglas Moore and N.C. Central University student Lacy Streeter visit the then-segregated lunch counter at Woolworth’s in downtown Durham on Feb. 16, 1960. The Herald-Sun, Feb. 16, 1960 file photo

Teach black history

House Bill 437 , which will make Holocaust education mandatory for all North Carolina middle and high school students is now awaiting Senate approval. Although this has received support of many in the Jewish community, some African Americans are saying, “not so fast.”

As a descendant of the millions of Africans who perished during the transatlantic slave trade and the thousands of others who were lynched afterward, what about mandatory black history studies? Don’t the lives of our ancestors matter?

Our African-American children have just as much right to have their history included in the curriculum as anyone else.

I have pushed for years to get the Durham Public School system to make black history a required course, with no tangible results. So, I am asking the African-American community to contact their senators to ask that they add an addendum requiring a black history curriculum be added to House Bill 437.

The public school system is has been desegregated for decades. What good is integration when you still have a Jim Crow curriculum?

Paul Scott

Durham

Better birth control

I agree with the N&O editorial “Better birth control, not tighter laws, drives the abortion decline” that said: “The way to further reduce abortion in NC isn’t to cut funding for Planned Parenthood but to increase funding for sex education and contraception.” Which is true. Contraception should be in use if there is no intent of getting pregnant. I don’t agree with ‘Plan B’ because it’s an abortifacient. Human life is formed at conception, and human DNA is formed in the zygote, defining the fetus as a living human being.

All life is precious and not disposable. No one is ever unworthy of life. “A person’s a person, no matter how small”- Dr. Seuss.

Bianca Farness-Barillas

Raleigh

Silencing teachers

Why is it that the folks in the General Assembly can’t figure out a way to fund our schools adequately, yet have time to craft a bill to silence the teachers who care enough about our children to make a stand? Silly question, I know. Of course the teachers May 1 rally is scheduled on a school day. Of course it will inconvenience parents. Isn’t that the point? Sitting back and counting on the legislature to help is obviously not working. Maybe if enough parents are inconvenienced they will remember come out on Election Day and vote accordingly.

Robert Rockett

Pittsboro

Transparency for Hatchell

For once, I completely agree with an N&O editorial. Today’s piece asking for full disclosure of the investigative report used to justify Coach Hatchell’s firing was right on target. Will it make a difference? Will someone on the Board of Governors or someone in the legislature agree and call publicly for transparency? Or will they continue to hunker down, not wanting to be accused of defending a “racist?” Seems to me the N&O got it exactly right. Anybody listening?

Edward Daniels

Raleigh

Free college alternative

Free higher education for students is never going to fly with many Americans. I would propose a policy that has a much better chance of support from voters and taxpayers. I call it my “skin in the game” approach. The government would subsidize student expenses on an increasing scale determined by a students’ proof of being willing and able to succeed.

As a student fulfilled an institution’s requirements for each year of enrollment, the government would pay a portion of the expenses. The amount would be 25% for the freshman year, 50% for the sophomore year, 75% for the junior year and 100% for the senior year. This approach would provide an incentive for the student to do their work and reduce the taxpayers’ financial obligation. The fine print could exclude students whose parents were wealthy, and payments would be reduced by grants and scholarships.

Ronald W. Corter

Zebulon

Changing times

Evangelist and Trump spiritual adviser Franklin Graham, who has parlayed his father’s once honorable moral reputation into a quite sizable personal fortune, recently laid a tweet storm on Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg’s offense is that he says he is a gay Christian. Graham proclaimed Buttigieg’s only recourse as a true Christian must be to repent for the sin of being gay or face eternal damnation.

Twenty years ago the N&O’s 1999 Tar Heel of the Year was Franklin Graham. Bob Dylan first sang, way back in 1964, “For the times they are a-changin’.” I, for one, hope they are a-changin’ fast enough for Buttigieg. At least one old hetero Southern white guy is rooting for you, kid.

Ned Gardner

Apex

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