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Mark Small's Blog – June 2021 Archive (9)

Sen Johnson's fears about Critical Race Theory echo racist fears of the past

Sen Ron Johnson (R-WS) is scared people will be hurt or killed if schools teach Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), under which “Racism is not merely the product of prejudice but ... is embedded in American society and its legal systems in order to uphold the supremacy of white persons.”



This concern about backlash, from those who do not appreciate this is the Land of the Free, has been stated before. Referred to as the “immediate peril” it was blamed on “the incessant and violent… Continue

Added by Mark Small on June 29, 2021 at 5:30am — No Comments

Why not deny slavery even existed?

Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), as described in new rules governing public schools in Florida,

asserts “that racism is not merely the product of prejudice, but ... is embedded in American society and its legal systems in order to uphold the supremacy of white persons.”

One argument I have not heard from sycophants of trump is that slavery never existed in this country. The evidence, for such narrow minds as theirs, is persuasive. After all, no living person can state she or he saw…

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Added by Mark Small on June 28, 2021 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Indiana AG doesn't need to fire up forces of ignorance and racism: Indiana has a General Assembly for that

Indiana AG Todd Rokita is concerned that “National discourse around political and social issues has created negative and polarizing effects on teachers, school administrators, students, and families.” His solution would be recourse to St Francis University - STFU.

Rokita is following other Republican politicians who are offended by kids being taught Critical Race Theory (“CRT”). Florida’s new rules, a template for the ignorant, bans CRT. However, the rule fairly describes what should…

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Added by Mark Small on June 27, 2021 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment

And now for a personal request

HELP: I ask a special favor of my friends here. I met a very special woman. She’s funny and smart and inquisitive. Our talk traversed gerunds, Latin, English and French. We reached cinema and “The Year of living Dangerously.” (She looked it up on her phone.)

We only exchanged first names in an office waiting area in Greenwood, Indiana. I came out of my meeting and she had left. If anyone knows a woman who met a guy on Tuesday, 6/15, with whom she had such a conversation and she shows…

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Added by Mark Small on June 17, 2021 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Florida does not want to teach the factual and objective: slavery

Florida has acted to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT is premised on the idea that racism is built into the structure of this country’s government. It would appear that Florida now requires that instruction be “factual and objective.” That should be a given. There’s more.

Instruction “may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based…

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Added by Mark Small on June 13, 2021 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Fur kids...

I want to thank everyone who expressed condolences over the passing of my little fur girl Delilah. I have started to read up on how best to go about adopting three or four very young shelter/abandoned feline-Americans.

(I know: there are older kitties out there that need homes, but young ones need homes, too & . I’ve grieved enough over the past few years.) I’ll try to give updates on what I have learned. Also I welcome any advice.

This is the day upon which I entered this…

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Added by Mark Small on June 11, 2021 at 2:47pm — No Comments

When those we love have passed ...

I was 11. On my dresser was a photo from the first day of school that year. My dog Princess, whom my parents acquired about the same time as I was born, and I stood next to each other on my parents’ front porch. Shortly after, as I looked at that photo, I realized my mortality.

We were about the same age, but she was over 70, in dog years. When I thought of that I was sad, because creatures die when they get so old. But then I thought, one day I would be so old as to die. I said…

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Added by Mark Small on June 8, 2021 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Kroger pharmacy doesn't want you business

Kroger Pharmacy/Nora came through for me several times over the last few years. Staff saved me money, expedited orders and shone through as professionals concerned more about people in of prescriptions and questions about health.

On Monday I called in a prescription refill. The recording said I could pick it up the next day, but I was told it is on back-order. I returned the next & received the same response: back-order.I called the pharmacy the next day, was told the same…

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Added by Mark Small on June 4, 2021 at 7:53pm — No Comments

The right to vote as a juror is overlooked

A person’s right to vote is a basic right. President Lyndon Johnson said, “In our system the first and most vital of all our rights is the right to vote.” An individual’s vote might seem lost in a sea of others’ votes. The smaller the election, the greater the impact of one vote.

In no place is the effect of one vote so great as when the individual is a member of a jury. When Edith Bunker held out as a lone juror for an acquittal, comedy served up a serious act of courage. “All in the…

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Added by Mark Small on June 1, 2021 at 7:46pm — No Comments

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