There Have Been Inexcusable Abuses Against Many Groups of People

Over the last several weeks there have many letters and articles concerning Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in our communities and school systems.

The history of the world as we know it is fraught with actions that we should not be proud of.

Slavery was and is not solely a U.S. institution. Slavery continues today in many areas of the world. In the Americas, slavery was also condoned in Mexico, Central America and some of the South American countries. It must be pointed out that in African nations, tribes held in slavery members of other tribes as well as selling prisoners, slaves to slavers, who transported these purchased slaves to other parts of the world. Some Native American tribes in North America enslaved members of other tribes as well as people of African ancestry.

Discrimination was also widespread. In the U.S. during our continuing history there has been discrimination against immigrants from Ireland, Italy, eastern Europe, China, East Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Arabian Peninsula, etc. There has also been discrimination in various parts of our world against Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, etc.

Let us not forget about the Chinese labors who suffered interminable cruelty in the west building the railroads or the oppression foisted upon the Native Americans, including the Aleuts.

We can search history and find intolerable abuse against most ethnicities and religions. Perhaps we should look to the future. If not, based on what I have read, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion should be redesignated Diversity, Equity & Exclusion except for one race and Critical Race Theory should be redesignated Critical Singular Race Theory.

Jay Kopstein
Yorktown Heights

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