Editor: To all parents with children in the Lake Havasu Unified School District: Please do not allow the district to teach “1619 Project” curriculum to your children because it presents a distorted view of America’s history. The New York Times sponsors — and apparently believes — that racism began in 1619 when the Pilgrims landed on American shores. This divisive curriculum is designed to shame Americans into believing that we are “systemically racist” when nothing could be further from the truth.

As a positive alternative to “1619”, parents should investigate the “1776 Unites” curriculum, which is authored by several outstanding Black educators, authors, and nonpartisan leaders in the Black community. This curriculum is sponsored by the Robert Woodson Foundation, and its founder is an iconic Black civil rights leader who has devoted his life to making America better for minorities. He sponsored and helped develop “1776 Unites” as an alternative to the divisive “1619 Project” content.

“1776 Unites” celebrates African-Americans who have prospered using America’s founding doctrines. This curriculum seeks to educate minorities and Whites on the true history of American’s challenges in combating racism over the decades. It does so without pitting races against one another and blaming Whites for racism - as the “1619 Project” does. “1776 Unites” embraces our American culture, warts and all, and presents a factual history of America’s challenges and efforts to rid our country of racism, not one distorted by bias and reverse-racism.

If you wonder why we have seen so many riots, looting, pulling down statues of our founding fathers and others from America’s past, you need look no further than the distorted version of America that is being taught to your children and is contained within the “1619 Project” curriculum. This corrosive, biased doctrine is infecting our education system and is teaching our children to hate America. Please do not allow your children to be brainwashed into believing the lies contained within the “1619 Project.” Instead, ask the LHUSD Board to present “1776 Unites.”

Kandi Finfrock

Lake Havasu City

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Objective Dialectic

Although I may agree that the teaching of racism should be done so eloquently and with supporting facts, and I will admit I do not know enough about the 1619 project to support or refute it, I do not like how Kandi insinuates that today's riots are the result of teachings similar to the 1619 project. The people protesting and/or rioting in the streets today are primarily Millennials; their education on racism was essentially the same as Gen Xers. The only difference is that Millennials have grown up during a time when America went through increasing frequency of terrorism, mass shootings, the invasion of the Middle East and Iraq War, and the Great Recession. These topics were discussed with Millennials while still in school as these topics were pertinent to the times. Otherwise, the teachings on racism have remained fairly stagnant which is part of the reason why we are in the mess we are in now, and is part of the reason Millennials are fed up with racism still being prevalent in today's society. Millennials simply have a different view on the social structure of our country. This is not because they were taught different things about racism or that they were 'indoctrinated' with socialist ideologies; it is because they have seen and lived through a time that hate has become too pervasive even in their childhoods. They lived through a time when they saw the greatest terrorist attack on our soil, they experienced their parents losing their jobs, homes, and livelihoods during the Great Recession, they witnessed troops sent to the Middle East for years in a conflict they felt we couldn't 'win,' they witnessed school shootings and random acts of terror (sometimes on targeted groups such as people of color, people with certain religious ideologies, etc.), they have grown up with the pervasiveness of social media and the increasing frequency of biased articles trying to sway people to hate the 'opposing' side, they have grown up with increasing college costs, medical costs, and debt accumulation all while cost of living has increased dramatically (many can't afford to own homes even with a decent job or college education), they have grown up seeing older generations not willing to give up the racist or prejudice view points, they have grown up seeing disproportionate treatment of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with certain religious affiliation, they have learned scientific principles that demonstrate the climate crisis and are angry at our government for putting coal and gas first, and now they are seeing an unbelievable battle between politicians and scientists during a pandemic. They are sick of the hatred, they want equality desperately, they want the government to stay out of people's lives when it comes to gay marriage and abortion, but they want the government to step up to the plate on other issues such as healthcare and higher education to reduce debt so they can afford a living, they want to see all politicians put on term limits and to keep their noses out of anything scientifically related, they want to see the government acknowledge climate change and make an effort to reduce our impact, they want stricter regulation on assault rifles or weapons that can be used in mass killings and increased crackdown on illegal trade/sale of weapons (they don't want guns taken away completely), they want increased prevalence of social programs targeted at helping the mentally ill so the ill do not obtain guns and to put them into mental health programs rather than prisons, they want our police force to have an active social program to again prevent deaths and shootings of the mentally ill and to stop the unequal use of force against minorities, they want to see a larger crackdown on social media to prevent the spread of misinformation, and they want to see more justice in cases of hate crimes. Kandi, the protests and riots have NOTHING to do with the racial education these folks received, and has EVERYTHING to do with the hatred these people have been raised around all while the government/political parties claim they will fix things, but never get anything done.

23merkaba

LOL wrong again. Oh how they try, typical leftist trained in verbal diarrhea

Objective Dialectic

Just because I explain my thoughts in detail, that's verbal diarrhea?

deaton

“Diarrhea” seems a bit harsh, I think? However, anything over a couple of paragraphs won’t be read [sleeping]. Nobody reads BigBob’s trash no matter how often he C & P’s it and he’s been around the “comments” for years. C’ya OD, have A great evening. [thumbup][beam] Deaton

BigBob

HEY, I've got an idea. Rather than posting ignorant trash - your stock in trade - why don't you prove what was said is in error? Be you can't!

Objective Dialectic

Thank you BigBob. Yes, I bet 23merkaba can't refute what I stated. That's the problem with some of these folks; they don't want to take the time to read anything or respond genuinely with anything of worth. What I stated isn't even extraordinarily 'liberal.' It's simply my thoughts on how many Millennials feel given their trials growing up when they did, and that Kandi trying to say that the rioters and protesters were taught an education on racial inequality that supports a "socialist" mindset is BS.

deaton

Drill Sergeant, BigBob, ordering folks around again? So what else is new? [thumbdown][tongue][love] Deaton

Davel2

23merkaba... You are the last one who should ever tell anyone they have diarrhea of the mouth. Your short snarky comments tell us you are just another mindless Trump Supporter who believes in the QAnon Theory. That says it all to those of us who have genuine empathy and can think at a higher level. OD's comment deserves respect and expressed quite well how a large portion of our society feels about various issues and the role of government in our lives. You are no more entitled to American they anyone else just because the disgrace in the White House tells you so. Having said that, History should be taught with facts and not slanted toward any political agenda. Both the 1619 Project and the 1776 Unites curriculum are are aimed at getting across a particular narrative. At best, both can be used as a perspective for an intelligent discussion, but neither represents much more than that. Students should learn the facts and form their own conclusion. This is the goal of education, not brainwashing. Having someone like DeVos serving as Secretary of Education makes that goal even more challenging. Of course, those in Kandi's camp have an extreme preference regarding education as they

consider education today far to liberal and not in support of their own narrow minded prejudices. In short, they want to control the facts and how they are presented. I'll stop here because I don't want to give you more than you're capable of considering intelligently at one time.

Mr Lemons

Davel2 - "those of us who have genuine empathy and can think at a higher level."

You us the word "empathy' a lot. In this case, it's "genuine empathy", an even more specific type of empathy where one tries to understand what the other person is feeling and experiencing. I would use empathy when I was describing the traits of someone else, not myself. I wouldn't use "those of us who...can think at a higher level." I would leave that for others to determine. Humility is a good word. A good trait that everyone should have. When you use words like this it undermines your arguments, which I don't always disagree with.

deaton

Mr. Lemons, the upper class Twit Davel2, slings around another word frequently, it’s “compassion” could you school him on the proper usage and meaning of that word? The Twit is becoming very redundant and boring. [thumbdown][huh][cool] Deaton

Davel2

Mr Lemons... I understand the context of the words and it's quite easy to determine those that possess these traits and through honest self-evaluation to determine if one possess these traits themselves. I do use the words empathy and compassion a great deal as Deaton indicated. Of course Deaton likes to indicate a great deal, but we won't get into that. "Humility" was the word you really wanted me to focus on as you were trying to make the point of my appearing condescending, demonstrating self-importance, and thinking I am better than others through my words. Truthfully, I do believe those who are incapable of showing both empathy and compassion are not as good as those who can. I also believe those who lack these traits are lower in importance, although their vote counts as much as everyone else's and the results unfortunately are quite evident considering Trump is the President. You are correct in that I'm not showing humility as it has no apparent effect on several that frequent this board when I have in the past. Part of my goal is to shame them into reconsidering their narrow-minded positions, if that's even possible. Apparently, tamping down my own importance to try to elevate theirs has no impact on the irrational mind. When one tries to reason with them by being more measured in one's speak, you still get the same callus and often meaningless comments in return. Therefore, they are not deserving of my showing humility and I might just as well clearly point out their lack of humanity. Another of my favorite words. Anyway, we're still good and I'm glad we cleared that up. I thought you presented your point quite well.

BigBob

You are not terribly bright, are you?

BigBob

Just how do you train a person "in verbal diarrhea?"

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Objective Dialectic... Well said again!

deaton

Some more Kool-Aid Objective? This batch is “cherry flavored”, a whole pitcher, iced down ready for consumption! It’s Jim Jones’ special recipe with harmful additives, extra-special, Yummy [thumbup][whistling] Deaton

tomgarven

I agree with Objective Dialectic and he said it much better than I could have. Here is what I recently wrote in part regarding the 1619 Project.

"I asked Google this question. “what is the goal of the 1619 project” I got the following as a response to that question. “The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 which "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of [the United States'] national narrative." For further information please read the following Wikipedia entry.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_1619_Project

I didn’t read all of the articles or papers but enough for me to determine that I believe the 1619 project is HARMFUL to our society. But that is for everyone else to judge for themselves. What I find less than helpful in the group of documents is there focus on what as a country we ONCE WERE and not where we are TODAY. This becomes so obvious when you read a paper like “The Barbaric History of Sugar in America”. The article takes you on a historical journey talking about how slavery was used to grow and process sugar cane. Totally useless in my opinion since we haven’t used those methods of producing sugar for over a 100 years. It is that type of misuse of historical information I find offensive.

Some of the authors seem to be trying their hardest to find ways to support their narrative that we are still a mostly racist country TODAY which could not be further from the truth in my opinion. Today we don’t discriminate against Black people by withholding vaccinations against diseases. We don’t prevent them from attending a college or university and becoming a Doctor, Dentist, Teacher or a member of Congress. And MOST people have given up trying to see skin color when they fall in love and marry. However we still do have Tax Code policies which encourage black fathers to leave their wives so the wife can get a bigger welfare check. But those injustices are due the failure of our members of Congress to act and to change our Tax Code so this is no longer true. So yes there are still SOME injustices that exist in our society and we need to continue to work on those injustices. But changing recorded history is not one of them.

But let's face it, New York City has a population of about 8,175,000 of which about 2,049,000 are Black or African American. Significantly different than Lake Havasu City where we have only a few black families or even the State of Arizona which only has about a 3.5 to 4% black population. We just don’t have that many black families in our community NOR to my knowledge do we try to prevent them from moving into our community or in some way prevent them from becoming what they choose to become. And of course to me a Black family would make just as good of a neighbor as my existing neighbors who just happen to be white. Skin color is not important to me – behavior is.

So why just recently did we spend about 2 hours at a School Board Meeting discussing something that doesn’t even seem to be a significant problem in our community. Well two of the presenters Ms. Cohen and Representative Sonny Borrelli are correct when they said it is an important topic for discussion. The Progressive movement is coming to our community sooner or later. We must also remember that most educational systems in the U.S. are Progressive or somewhat Liberal in nature. In fact most of our colleges and universities have a ratio of about 8 ½ to 11 times more Liberal professors than Conservative professors at least that is what the statistics state. Is that also true of our local educational system. Sorry but I did not even look to see if that statistic might be true.

In summary, I am first and foremost an American who believes our country began with the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776. That document along with our Constitution has made us the country that people from around the world look up to. We are the country that welcomes about 2.3 million new foreign born residents every year which either wait in line to gain legal entry into our country or risk crossing our borders illegally to access. While we certainly haven’t done everything perfectly or correctly in our history, we have done enough to make us the most desired nation on this planet. That to me is far more significant than a New York times article called the "1619 project" which to me just seems to throw more salt into an old open wound which was well on its way to healing. I also don’t think it is of much value to our society.

HavasuGuy

Kandi - if the whites weren't historically responsible for racism who is, the black slaves?

Too old for this

Not all slaves were black, nor were all slave owners White. In 1619, slavery was common throughout the world, and is still practiced in Africa. There is "guilt" to be shared here.

BigBob

Hmm, so you support slavery? Now there's a surprise.

CVA-42

Now that is a completely stupid statement by Big Bozo (aka. BigBob). Now you know who I am talking about.

RESIST

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simon1dog

Kandi, thank you! I see you did your homework :-)

BigBob

Unfortunately Kandi's "homework" consists of watching FOX News, NewsMax and actually believing Putin's Puppet - trump - which leads her to appearing here regularly and proving just how ignorant one person can be. Under President Biden she will be more than eligible for help with her mental illness.

RESIST

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deaton

Opps, RESIST you screwed that one up, huh? It’s simple lad, if you want to indicate a “thumb up” press or click the emoji with the thumb pointing “up” and vice versa for “thumb down”? Don’t get discouraged now! Practice, practice, practice it will come to you! [thumbup][huh][whistling] Deaton

BigBob

Always good to see the distorted hatred from Kandi. Provides a good reason to do actual research and learn the truth.

RESIST

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