MADISON — Joe Vierkant set off the sensitivity meter of an Amery School Board member last week when he read an excerpt from one of the Woke books included in the school district’s English curriculum.
The incident underscores the irony overflowing from the social engineering going on in school districts everywhere.
Vierkant, a parent of Amery school children and chief of police for the northwest Wisconsin community of Barron, quoted a brief section of the young adult novel, “Dear Martin.” The book examines racism and police brutality, major themes of the Woke critical race theory and antiracism movement.
Vierkant drew from a profanity-laced exchange between a vile — and fictional — cop — and the main character, a black teen named Justyce. Vierkant literally spelled out the F-bombs and other profane language in the section. He stopped and asked, “Do I need to go further?”
“Please not,” urged board member Erin Hosking. “I’m not even sure what the point is. I’d like for you to explain the point but I don’t think we need that kind of language being spelled out.”
And that’s the point, isn’t it? If school board members bristle at “that kind of language” at a school board meeting of adults, should they be comfortable with it in school curriculum?
For Vierkant, it’s not necessarily the language. It’s the overall message, It’s the leftist lessons indoctrinating young minds into believing all police officers are racists, are villains, the bad guys. It’s the broad brush, the sweeping generalities at the core of the “white privilege” education model that demands that America is a land of white supremacy steeped in systemic racism.
Vierkant and other parents in the Amery School District are deeply concerned, too, about similar literature in the district’s lesson plans. Books like “The Hate U Give” and “All American Boys.” The latter was co-authored by Jason Reynolds, who co-authored the controversial “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” with Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi is a proponent of the school of discrimination based on the (white) color of skin. “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination,” he has said.
It’s the kind of thinking that the Civil Rights Movement so vehemently fought against. It is divisive and it is politically motivated, and parents like Vierkant are standing up against the embedding of such philosophies in America’s public schools.
As a long-time law enforcement official and veteran of the War in Iraq, Vierkant sees the broad brush of the anti-police movement as dangerous for cops and communities alike. He knows there are problems with racism and discrimination in law enforcement, as there are in nearly every profession. But the sweeping generalizations pumped by the media and taught in classrooms are having a destructive effect, the small town police chief says.
“How are children ever going to trust police when all we throw at them is how police are the villains,” Vierkant asked.
He’s still waiting for an answer from the Amery School Board.
Watch the vide of Vierkant’s public comments here.