Question of the day


By George Smith  — October 8, 2021

Question of the day: “What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?”*

 “Is ‘critical race theory’ a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement.

 “The topic has exploded in the public arena this spring—especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban its use in the classroom.

 “In truth, the divides are not nearly as neat as they may seem. The events of the last decade have increased public awareness about things like housing segregation, the impacts of criminal justice policy in the 1990s, and the legacy of enslavement on Black Americans. But there is much less consensus on what the government’s role should be in righting these past wrongs. Add children and schooling into the mix and the debate becomes especially volatile.”

 My opinion is just that, an opinion, but is based on the reality that “history is history” and should be made available and studied and discussed in open forums. Truth — telling it and being able to listen to it, to discuss it, is important.

 History is full of good, bad, ugly, wretched, horrifying and evil deeds by humans, organizations and governments.

 Educational facilities should be charged with relating these truths so the bad/evil/mean events are understood and not repeated.


 — White settlers, assisted by the military, took land from Native Americans? Historical fact.

 — Taxicans absconding with a humongous tract of land from Mexico because it suited the white man’s purpose and dream? History.

 — Slavery as a beloved institution is part of this country’s recent past? Real down-and-dirty historical fact.

 — Continually unfairly persecuting people of color and treating them as second-class citizens for more than 250 years? It’s a fact.

 Why not teach history? Why not teach all of it, from the events that brought forth angelic hurrahs to the festering boils of depravity, the evil deeds of humans throughout history?

 There are those who want to cover up the bilious behavior of certain individuals snd groups, including factions of the federal government, like they never happened.

 In one of my college classes, I asked students various questions aimed at testing their historical knowledge of the building of this social fabric of this county.

 How did the western expansion of  predominantly white settlers affect the lives of Native Americans?

 Did shavery have any good attributes?

 What do you know about the Trail of Tears?

 Tell me about the Meadow Mountain Massacre.

 What were “carpetbaggers” and how did their actions affect the South after the Civil War?

 What caused the rise of the KKK? Why is it still active today?

 You know…history questions, important questions to assist putting current events into perspective.

 If we do not learn about history, ALL history, it’s hard to develop a strong, intuitive, moral compass that creates a need to right the wrongs upchucked by our ancestors.

 Did your know that in Germany, students are taken on field trips to historical sites preserved to show each generation  the depths of  human sorrow and depravity… they visit Nazi concentration  mcamps where more than 6,000,000 hunan beings were exterminated. Think a school district would bus students to the site of a lynching of a black man by a white mob as a life and history lesson?

 History must be taught…all of it. Historical fact cannot be changed because it is just thst—fact!

To attempt to hide historical fact, is intellectually fraud. We are better than that. Aren’t we?

 *Education Week provide background information for this article)


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(J. Harris: Worth the read and is encouraging. This Delta waning infection pattern has been noted in several other countries like India and England.)

2. The view from Sweden

”If you look at the mortality statistics, compared with Norway, Finland and Denmark, Sweden fared much worse. The pandemic highlighted weaknesses in care in the nursing homes. Compared to many other European countries, however, Sweden has done similarly or better, and not much worse….Vaccination is entirely voluntary in Sweden. Nearly 80 percent of the population ages 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The most vulnerable population is at about 95 percent…Sweden has a very different mask culture compared with the U.S. and other European countries. It was reluctant to recommend masks for a long time. Even after the public health authority urged people to start using masks in public transport, people didn’t always follow the recommendation. You weren’t likely to get yelled at for not wearing a mask… the biggest vectors of transmission were the home and the workplace. Those places accounted for between 20 and 30 percent of infections. Ten percent were public places like subways…”


1. Covid-19 Booster Shots Have Outpaced the US Rate of New Vaccinations. And the Millions Still Unvaccinated Could Trigger ‘Future Waves,’ Expert Warns (CNN Health) The US is making headway in its battle against Covid-19 — with infection and hospitalization rates on the decline after a surge fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant. But with the number of Americans getting booster shots surpassing those who are initiating vaccination, experts warn more is needed to continue the progress. The country has averaged more than 101,200 new cases a day over the last week — down 41% from a peak in a Delta-driven wave reached in mid-September, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

2. COVID-19 Testing and a Path out of the Pandemic (Clinical Chemistry) For the US, COVID-19 testing is here to stay. The White House’s “Path out of the Pandemic” announcement on September 10, 2021 calls for increased access to COVID-19 testing and testing programs, including for schools and for employees of businesses larger than 100 people who are not vaccinated.(1) To increase the availability of tests, the Defense Production Act has been invoked by the Administration to increase manufacturing, free pharmacy testing has been expanded, and home rapid antigen tests will be sold at reduced prices by major retailers. This plan is a welcomed ramp-up of testing capacity which will help address current shortages of tests and long delays in getting test results. It will be important, however, for the US government to not only address the current demands for testing but to anticipate what testing needs are likely for the future, and plan for them. Testing needs are increasing and will change—though not disappear—when cases of COVID-19 eventually decline.



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