I will respond to Ms. Singh’s latest screed as briefly as possible in the interest of sparing Chronicle readers any more of this tedious back and forth.
I stand by both my recent letters that began as a defense of the Town of Warwick against charges of “Systemic Racism” and I stand by every word I wrote.
Ms Singh, a teacher in the Bronx, does not agree and that’s fine.
What is not fine is her use of this issue as a platform to push the 1619 Project, a scurrilous view of America, our Founding and of Slavery, a revisionist history published in New York Times Magazine in May of this year. The 1619 Project has been roundly criticized by prominent historians and even the New York Time is trying to walk it back.
The fact that the 1619 premise is being used to teach history in our schools is truly troubling. Slavery was a terrible blight on our history, but we don’t need to make it worse. It was Americans who ended slavery here in the United State, no one else.
Ms. Singh can beat me over the head about systemic racism all she likes, but since none of us is getting off this lovely Blue Planet alive, I suggest we get on with our lives and make the best of things in the here and now.
Deborah C. Diltz