CASC President's Response on the Events of January 6, 2021

At the time of the writing of this article, I was planning on taking a hiatus for a few weeks from writing. Like you, I am a busy high school counselor, and the semester began this Monday with all the duties and responsibilities that are involved in second-semester registration.
However, the national turmoil from last week was so patently disturbing, a timely response to all of you was necessary. I am struck by the hideous racial overtones so prevalent these days and the denial of the inequalities that have been fueled by individuals at the highest levels of our government. I am furious at the rise in race-based rhetoric and false accusations of voter fraud levied by national leaders, and I am truly worried about the country I love.

Prior to school counseling, I was a government and US History teacher who taught that the very foundation of our democracy rests upon the will of the majority, while respecting the rights of the minority. As a nation, we have the right to vote, then celebrate or be disappointed when our political candidates win or lose an election. We also have the right to peaceful protests forany grievance, but what we witnessed on January 6, 2021, was an abhorrently dark day for American democracy that devolved into a riotous mob attempting to thwart the very foundations of democracy. To make matters worse, it was yet another painful example of how we continue to live in a society that treats and reacts to people differently based on the color of their skin.

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