“What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?”

This is one of the most common yet dreaded job interview questions. The intent of this question is not to have candidates talk themselves out of a job. On the contrary, it allows potential hires to demonstrate their ability to self-assess for deficiencies, communicate effectively regarding their shortcomings, and take corrective action. Most companies desire employees who possess these qualities.

The recent panic over “Critical Race Theory” has proven that a large segment of our society is incapable of doing just that. The rush to block engagement and classroom discussion over “divisive concepts” is a huge disservice to our students, and largely proposed by those who have done very little reading on the subject of race and the mistreatment of minorities in the United States.

Like it or not, the Trail of Tears, slavery, real estate red lining, the Tuskegee experiments, and the murder of George Floyd are all things that actually happened in the United States. To admit that one segment of our society has benefited off the labor of another is neither unpatriotic nor a sign of weakness. Our country is indeed great but can always be better.

Acknowledging racial disparity in our country and using these difficult conversations as a means for growth and the betterment of all our citizens is the mark of a self-actualized society.

To deny or discourage constructive dialogue and teaching regarding these topics is to hold our heads in the sand as an ostrich. I, for one, would not hire an ostrich.

Carlin Corsino


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Diana Smith


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Jim Tomashoff

"No wonder thinking parents and the best teachers are fleeing government schools in record numbers" writes Kent, who has asserted this many, many times. Know what, he has never, ever, provided any data of any kind to back-up this claim. I've proven it's not true in Moore County. Until such time as he does, I assert that he is a liar.

Sally Larson

The fear of the White Right seems to come from some perceived guilt. I don't understand why they can't see this has nothing to do with them unless they realize that maybe they have some long-forgotten assumptions that affect the way they interact with another race. That alone is worth bringing to the forefront of our awareness.

I've mentioned before an example of this from the NFL. They were using "“race-norming” — which assumed Black players started out with lower cognitive function. The practice made it harder for Black retirees to show a deficit and qualify for an award. The standards were created in the 1990s in hopes of offering more appropriate treatment to dementia patients, but critics faulted the way they were used to determine payouts in the NFL concussion case." June 2, 2021, 5:10 PM EDT By The Associated Press

A misconception and assumption that affected the lives of these black players. This is worth eradicating from our White conciseness.

Another example comes from an interview a musician Dayle Davis was giving to a KKK member. He asked why KKK members hated black people. His response was, "Well we all know that all black people have within them a gene that makes them violent." August 20, 20175:59 PM ET Heard on NPR All Things Considered

Again, this is a belief based on “nothing” and has inappropriately affected the way some white people have viewed black people and have therefore treated them with hate.

Studying CRT helps students understand how misinformation can affect how different races are seen and treated in our society. It’s about time, what’s so scary about that?

Lisa Wells

Great letter! I really liked that you used examples and stories to show the issue as it's hard to argue with facts. Now do white privilege. (Many people still don't understand what this means.)

Sally Larson


Ronnie McNeill

As a student of History, I shudder to think of the awakening! In just scratching the surface on what "truth" actually is... a simple Google search reveals;

1. the quality or state of being true. "he had to accept the truth of her accusation"

2. that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. noun: the truth "tell me the truth"

3. a fact or belief that is accepted as true. plural noun: truths "the emergence of scientific truths"

As a natural born American Citizen, I loved and love this country enough to have served her in two branches of it’s military. Though recently retired, I still yet carry the same dedication and belief in the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, all those 40 plus years ago.

At this time in my life, in the midst of all the global, national, and local events that occur daily, I cannot understand why there is so much resentment against the truth. Folks, as plain and simple as it can be said, "the Emperor HAS ON NO CLOTHES!"

I know that not even the world’s greatest mechanic along with all of the latest technology, can repair a car without knowing exactly what is wrong! To find out what is wrong, they have to search to find the problem, and then address to problem in a manner that corrects whatever is deficient or malfunctioning. When they find the issue, they find the truth, and with the truth, the process to correct and make right can begin.

We all know the truth of this great nation’s history! Some of it we like, some of it we don't. A particular segment of that truth is also a direct descendent of those principles, and ideologies, that ignited those first revolutionary cries for liberty, justice, and self-governance. Each of these and one’s similar, remain relevant but still yet unfulfilled today. Those magnificent tenets served to inspire, to focus and to unite the many into one.

These same tenets in an all to brief period directly after their inception were allowed to be tarnished by the Seven Deadly Sins! You remember them I am sure, (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth) These transgressions are stranger to none and have been a thorn in the heel and buttocks of mankind since the dawn of civilization. Still yet, and despite of, all the negative, bad, unconscionable, unjust, and inhumane particulars in our nation’s history, that true spirit of what this great nation was founded on, those very principles that remain steadfast amidst the storms of calamity, injustice, prejudice, discrimination, and, even after being indirectly burdened by privilege, continue to spring forth, just like and as regular as new saplings in the spring.

That True spirit of “American” and Humanity, cannot and will not die! Hatred, Racism, Bigotry, Evil, and countless other calamities have struggled to extinguish that indomitable, pure and “True American Spirit.” I remain faithful that sooner rather than later, those whom are agyen true American ideals and characteristics will learn that in spite of their best efforts, their dominance shall henceforth and forever remain naught! To me this truth is self-evident and more eminent than ever before.

Just like the broken clock can be correct twice a day, a recent pestilent of the United States once asked a specific ethnic group, "what have you got to lose?" I now ask all whom declare allegiance, love and loyalty to America or the United States, what have we got to lose by learning the truth?

America, My Country, Tis this of thee? It is written in John 8:31-32, “So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!’

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Ken Owens

CRT is a concept that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

Evidence: The Trail of Tears, slavery, real estate red lining, the Tuskegee experiments.

Laurie O'Loughlin

Beautifully said. Thank you for a reasoned and reasonable approach. The truth must be taught. Teaching truth, among other things, instills trust in the learner - trust in the teacher, the school, and the government that is sponsoring the school.

Thank you.

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Carlin Corsino

CRT has been around for many years in academic circles and is a straw man used to distract from actual problems in our educational system. I would encourage you to talk with some Black people in our local community to get a better understanding of what their experience is.

David StClair

Great letter. I couldn't agree with you more. thanks.

Ellie Collins

Thank you for being a truthsayer.

Lisa Laidlaw

Well stated, Thank you!

Cindy Ewan


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