You recently published open forum letters deriding "critical race theory." I have lived in four countries, and the most important lesson I learned is that history is taught subjectively everywhere. History is one of the most important subjects and should be taught objectively, covering all sides, warts and all!

As a child in England, I was raised in the Church of England. We were taught that Great Britain, though part of Europe, was superior to the continent. Catholics were to be mistrusted as were most Continentals (think Spanish Armada, burning Protestants at the stake and Catholics trying to blow up King James and the Houses of Parliament! ). The Protestant British we were taught brought civilizing influence and Western culture to the world.

My parents immigrated to South Africa about the time I was to start high school. In Apartheid-era South Africa, I was not a resident alien as immigrants here are called, I was a "white alien." I went to an English-speaking school for whites. Of my closest friends, one was Jewish, his parents having escaped from Eastern Europe just before WW2. The other was a Catholic of Italian descent. My old preconceived notions about Continentals and religion went out the window!

During history, we learned about the Boer war of 1899 to 1902. This war was in part sparked by the British desire to expand their empire and grab the gold in the old South African Republic. Americans learn Turkey was responsible for the first genocide of the 20th century against the Armenians. In actual fact, the first was perpetrated by the British Empire. Lord Kitchener, leader of the British forces, realized the only way to win was to starve the Boers into submission. He instituted a scorched earth policy and put the Boer noncombatants in concentration camps where they died by the tens of thousands. Not murdered like in Nazi gas chambers, but they died of starvation, exposure, disease etc.; the results were similar. History was taught very differently in the British Empire. The camps were characterized as a way to care for the Boers, almost like holiday camps!

As a white in South Africa, we weren't taught how blacks, also interred in the camps by Kitchener, died in equal numbers. History was only revised to include this fact when Apartheid ended. Similarly as a white in South Africa, we were never taught about the "Native Lands Act" of 1913 where the blacks who accounted for 75% of the population were dispossesed of their homes and farms and were limited to ownership of less than 10% of South Africa.

As a British immigrant to South Africa, I did not feel guilt that my former countrymen had been responsible for the first genocide of the 20th century. The difference in the way history was taught did awaken a realization too much history is swept under the carpet. "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it" in the words of Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman.

Richard Good is a resident of Frederick County.

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Chupacabra

Wonder if all you CRT fans have heard this story about the Loudoun County woman who survived the "cultural revolution" in china. CRT is what the communists in china used to turn their citizens against one another. She lived through it and escaped it. I'd trust her over any of you "woke" people who want to start outing people, doxxing them, and threatening them in public. https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-xi-van-fleet-critical-race-theory-china-cultural-revolution-loudoun It's time to put a stop to this nonsense, once and for all. Freedom of Speech is a right in this country. Hatred has no place here.

Spock Here

Weren't some christians taught in bible school that all are all complicit in the crucifixion, even though you weren't there. And that remorse and repentance are good for you?

BryanLNuri

Exactly. Hatred has no place here. That's why CRT is a valuable tool to remove biases from the educational assessment of atudents.

Old Western Man

CRT preaching racism will never diminish racism. A rather obvious Truth.

john brown

This is why it is so important that a non-political investigative committee investigate all aspects of the January 6 coup attempt lead by tRump. Who wants to go through that anti-democratic treasonous insurrection again?

Blackhorsegirl

Find another word. I would bet real money you don’t even know what Marxism is. You’re parroting other ignorant Trump Toadies who have decided this is the favorite word of idiots who follow QAnon, liars, and conspirators. Not much credibility there.

BryanLNuri

To them, Marxism is anything that is scary and new. They probably called unleaded gas and seat belts marxism too...

Old Western Man

CRT preaches racism and is in Fact, race based marxism.

john brown

Why do you fear teaching the children the truth about you and this country?

Journey2goremtns1

You mean teaching white kids to hate themselves and be ashamed of their white privilege! If your ashamed of America get the hel$ out Idiot!

Spock Here

One more time, "you're"

john brown

you seem to be afraid of the truth of America gore ...and again frederick county public schools have failed you in so many ways

BryanLNuri

Hush coward

Chupacabra

Nothing wrong with teaching kids history. The problem is with teaching kids to hate themselves because of their skin color.

john brown

you mean like how the schools have taught black kid to hate their skin color by telling them lies .. let's just tell the truth of the history of this nation ..."the whole truth and nothing but the truth".. surely you are for that. You know the fact that r e lee was a traitor to West Point and America by taking up with the slave holding confederates...no more just cause BS.

Chupacabra

They stopped teaching that baloney when folks realized that skin color has nothing to do with anything. Character counts. Now you want to bring it back? You are sick.

BryanLNuri

Kinda like how schools white-washed history for decades, for example making the Civil War an issue of Northern oppression rather than a conflict over the future of slavery?

CapsGuy

I challenge you to comment in this section for one week without using the words "communist/communism", "socialist/socialism", or "Marxist/Marxism". Thinking you'll have to edit yourself several times.

BryanLNuri

Please to define "face based marxism".

BryanLNuri

Sorry, *race* based marxism.

Catherine Giovannoni

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Blackhorsegirl

Yes, Spock, history is full of dirty little things. All children need to learn about them. No accusations, no guilt, just knowledge.

Let’s return to the present and the racist state legislatures passing laws to restrict voting to primary minority communities. This was to “fix” what wasn’t broken. In fact, according to those who worked it, this election ran smoothly and efficiently.

Republicans now realize they can’t win without cheating, stealing votes, and preventing minorities from voting. Any decent Republican should be outraged. I’m listening. Golly, all I hear is the silence of the guilty.

Spock Here

History is full of dirty little things. We don't need to feel guilt, but we need to acknowledge it....all of it. And never build monuments to traitors, but monuments to the victims so we don't repeat it

slowe

Yes. Facts are our friends. All the facts. Beware of people and groups altering or withholding facts to convince you of a position which favored them. Trump is a perfect example of this, even worse because he makes up ‘facts’. Religions do the same thing.

hvacread

You keep saying “Trump”, but fail to mention the main stream media. Facts are facts.

Blackhorsegirl

And how was the main stream media responsible for racism? Real media just covered Trump’s lies and racist comments. Far right individuals on TV claiming to be news but really isn’t anymore, just spewed Trump’s lies and conspiracies. They don’t cover or barely cover that which is truth or makes Trump and his Toadies look bad (which isn’t hard.)

Chupacabra

Trump did not make racist comments. Some groups that supported him did. Just last week, another little black child was murdered in cold blood, by a black man. Did the MSM report that? Nope. The MSM foments racism because that's the progressive's platform. Divide the races. Disgusting.

Blackhorsegirl

Viscous White Supremacists and KKK and others in Charlottesville where they ran down in cold blood a young woman and murdered her. Trump: “There are good people on both sides.”

Chup, you have convenient amnesia. White Supremacists, KKK, Proud Boys, Oath Takers, etc, are Not good people. They are racist bigots. Trump sided with them then and his overwhelming support of the Confederacy and their statues of traitors.

Chupacabra

"...White Supremacists, KKK, Proud Boys, Oath Takers, etc, are Not good people. They are racist bigots. Trump sided with them then and his overwhelming support of the Confederacy and their statues of traitors..." No, he didn't. You just want to think he did. He does not control the fringe groups who supported him. Trump was referring to good people on both sides of THE ISSUE who are willing to discuss and debate, not kill or maim. But go ahead, keep twisting things to promote your willingness to divide rather than unite. You are becoming the very thing you say you despise.

john brown

I agree that faux news, one nonamerican news, and newmaxxx are factless main stream media operations

Chupacabra

So when the MSM ignores a 10 year old murder victim in Queens because it was black on black crime, that means it didn't happen in your world? When the MSM ignores that several Senators who attended Duante Wright's funeral won't speak about the atrocities he committed when he was alive, does that mean it didn't happen in your world?

john brown

I watch tv daily of shows documenting dozens of white children being killed by white men/women that I had never heard of, it's not a new phenomenon. faux news is MSM and I am sure they reported this vile act dozens of times for about a week. faux specializes in reporting black on anyone crime to keep the white bigots on edge. I wish your senators would agree to investigate all that occured on January 6, 2021..don't you?

Blackhorsegirl

Chup, you are incorrect. Everyone heard the statement Trump made about “good people”coming out of his own vicious mouth. He said it publicly for everyone in this nation to hear. What rock were you hiding under?

Chupacabra

You are guilty of making up "facts" to support your lifestyle choices.

Blackhorsegirl

No, it is public knowledge. He said it. Google it. I support Truth that is supported by facts that can be verified. If you continue such undying devotion to Trump, you continue wallowing in the sewage of lies and conspiracies that can’t be verified by any facts.

john brown

Do not be mad at Mr. Lowe because he is happy in his skin .. you on the other hand seem to be mad at something all of the time ... especially when Mr. Lowe comments. Why is that? and always referring to "lifestyle"..what is your "lifestyle" chup? we know from this column you hate the truth. What are you hiding? "Free your mind and your ask will follow."

BryanLNuri

Goatsucker's lifestyle consisted of patching Fox News in order to raise his blood pressure of "those people" taking over his country and then getting the fresh taste of bootleather in his mouth as he bows to the concept an authoritarian fantasy world where he thinks he'll be in the chosen group.

In actuality, he is a bigoted coward.

BryanLNuri

To what lifestyle choices do you refer?

Blackhorsegirl

I have a very sad fact for Chup: as long as the Big Lie of a stolen election continues, there will no “coming together” in this country. Trump has thrown his gullible followers, elected Republicans who took an oath to the Constitution, our democracy, the Constitution, and basically the entire country under the bus to appease his bruised childish ego and greed. He doesn’t care about this country and he’s more than happy to grift his followers by keeping them in fantasized panic and clinging to Alice’s insane Wonderland of lies and conspiracies.

Nope, can’t see this country coming together.

Chupacabra

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BryanLNuri

Well, Chupa? What lifestyles choices are you referring to?

Spock Here

Being a Pharisee bigot is a lifestyle choice.

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