Keep the focus on Saratoga Springs PD
Regarding your coverage of the July 14 protest in Saratoga in the July 16 Gazette article (“Police charge five after protesters block Broadway”).
Firstly, It is important to note that you stated as fact that Darryl Mount died due to a fall from scaffolding when injuries were limited to blunt force trauma to the face with no broken limbs or internal injuries to the torso,
That, according to a second autopsy done by a private medical examiner who isn’t on the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s payroll, is consistent with an assault, not a fall.
One of the points of these rallies is to keep attention on the fact that the SSPD never even conducted an internal investigation into the matter before they swept it under the rug, so that is an important thing to make clear.
To be clear, the main reason for this protest was John Cantone’s recent public statement that BLM was bringing gangs to Saratoga and his promise to use his family’s 130 years of connections to quell the violence caused by it.
SSPD says they don’t have systemic racism. But then the assistant chief of police comes out and essentially screams I think all persons of color are gang bangers and will use all of my white privilege to suppress the fight for racial justice… and follows it up with harassing stops and searches for weapons that don’t exist.
Not a good look, SSPD.
CRT ideas deserve to be condemned
Glenn Sacks’ July 12 column (“Schools have an obligation to teach students about racism”) rejects criticism of Critical Race Theory [CRT] teaching in our schools as “feverish condemnation from conservatives.” This note was sounded by The Daily Gazette’s Zach Matson in his June 19 article (“School officials defend inclusion policies”) characterized CRT as “…a major boogeyman among conservatives and some parents.”
Mr. Sacks is doing what advocates of CRT have done, namely, make it appear that America’s history of racism has never been effectively included in U.S. history instruction.
On the contrary, it has been a significant part of instruction; it hasn’t, however, been used to characterize ALL aspects of American culture as the “legacy of racism.” This characterization informs us that to “teach students about racism,” is to teach CRT.
These CRT ideas deserve “feverish condemnation.”
White children are to be taught they enjoy “White privilege” and oppress their fellow students of color by their mere presence.
Children are to be taught that due process, colorblindness and equality before the law are concepts developed by Whites to maintain their privileged position. They’re also to be taught that an equitable society cannot have differences in wealth by race, so wealth must be redistributed by the government.
Further, students must learn that any disparity in school disciplinary actions or enrollments (i.e., tracking) is ipso facto evidence of implicit bias on the part of administrators.
CRT’s contribution to improving race relations is to tell children that the color of their skin determines their destiny, not the content of their character, as Martin Luther King Jr. had it.
Richard A. Evans
Deal with St. Clare’s before merging
Before Ellis Hospital contemplates a merger with St. Peters, clean up the St. Clare’s pensions lost with the last merger.
The Catholic Church and New York state have unfinished business.
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