I’m tired of hearing Dave Brown & Brian Shannon call Policy GBG a “flag ban”. The policy is not a ban on flags.
The current policy encompasses symbols of BLM and LGBTQ pride: flags, posters, stickers, magnets, pins, anything that may appear to be a supportive of those groups of students. The 4 majority directors enacted a ban on anything that represents inclusion, and safety to the students most vulnerable in our school district. How do I know what the symbols represent to these students? Because every student who spoke up in the public comments of the board meetings literally said so.
Now, I could sit here and call them racist or homophobic, but I don’t know them enough to do so. In fact they say repeatedly that they have no issues with BIPOC or LGBTQ, but they do have issues with BIPOC and LGBTQ publicly showing pride in their identities and therefore teaching their children it’s ok to celebrate our differences. Maybe, as a gay man, I’m more sensitive to it, but I’d like to think most people can understand how that comes across.
I also wish I could say their actions are just naive, that they didn’t know what they were doing. The truth is Dave Brown, Brian Shannon and their cohorts ignored every warning, every expert, and every human who is actually affected by Policy GBG. They knew exactly the damage they were causing to these kids and our community when they pushed the policy through, and they still chose to do it, despite pleas to compromise, and solely based on their personal ideologies and political agendas.
So yes. Let’s talk about only having the US and Oregon State flags in classrooms. As a patriotic American and proud Oregonian, I’m happy to compromise on that directive. But I will never compromise when it comes to an effort to totally erase the existence of entire segments of the population in NSD. This is a public school district, and all are welcome. However, Dave Brown and Brian Shannon, despite their words, had no intentions to actually represent all students. Their action speak louder.
It’s 2022. It’s time to move on. It’s time to do better. Voting yes on the recall is the first step in achieving just that.
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