Recently, it came to my attention that the Republican Party, working in conjunction with a group that originally called itself the Family Advocacy Alliance (FAA), recruited school board candidates for Talbot County. We, the citizens of Talbot, need to be aware that the FAA got its start as an anti-VAX, anti-mask, anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) organization. It is also critical for you to know that this group and these candidates are enthusiastic supporters of Dan Cox and Gordana Schifanelli.
In the past few months, the FAA has promoted the formation of a local chapter of a national group called The Moms For Liberty, who recently tweeted the following, in reference to a New Hampshire law that will fire and remove the license of public school teacher if anyone successfully complains said teachers are teaching CRT. “We’ve got $500 for the person that first successfully catches a public-school teacher breaking this law. Students, parents, teachers and school staff…We want to know! We will pledge anonymity if you want.”
There is a saying, “What you do speaks so loudly in my ear, I cannot hear what you say.” No matter how loudly the FAA proclaims themselves patriots, their actions betray that word. Founding a chapter of a national radical organization in Talbot is a divisive act meant to turn us against one another and perhaps one day having us turn in one another in for bounties.
We, the exhausted majority, want to move past the ugliness of the past four years. We want to get to a place where we may disagree civilly, restore our faith in experts, like teachers, and where parents are welcomed in schools as partners. Candidates recruited by local people who preach fear and division will mire us even more deeply in the muck of
lies, fears and division.
So, I have looked for the School Board Candidates to support. It’s tough to know who to vote for because there are four races in four different districts. So, you may or may not have a school board candidate on your ballot. By lucky coincidence, the School Board Candidates who best represent our Eastern Shore values of generosity, service and caring for neighbors in need all have a last name ending in “son.” Jymil Thompson is running in District 1. Amy Dodson is running in District 3. Emily Jackson is running in District 4. Jay Hudson is running in District 7. If you would like to move us forward at a time when our schools have serious challenges, vote for one of the “Sons”of Talbot for the Board of Education if an election contest is on your ballot.