Cancel Veteran’s, MLK holidays to educate about freedom, sacrifice, school board member says after Pledge flap

The American Mirror | 3/15/2019 | Staff
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A Connecticut school board member has an interesting idea for educating students about the purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance and the sacrifices that come with the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

Instead of closing schools for Veteran’s Day and Martin Luther King Day, the Waterbury school board could create a whole day of lessons on American history centered on the respective holidays, something board member Thomas Van Stone Sr. said could help foster understanding between students with different backgrounds.

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But his suggestion isn’t sitting well with black folks in the Waterbury community, who are now labeling Van Stone as a racist and demanding his resignation, the Waterbury Observer reports.

The Waterbury school district has been embroiled in a controversy about the Pledge of Allegiance since last October, when a teacher at Waterbury Arts Magnet School thanked students who choose to stand for the daily ritual.

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Italian language teacher Ralph Belvedere also brought in another teacher to talk to several black students mimicking NFL player Colin Kapernick’s national anthem protests by remaining seated and silent during the pledge.

Belvedere’s praise for students who respect America and veterans triggered and offended a 14-year-old sophomore whose chose not to stand. The girl’s mother, Gina Humber, is a national speaker about race, education and “diversity,” and the two sued the teacher and school district alleging Belvedere’s conduct violated the teen’s First Amendment rights.

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In February, the Waterbury Board of Education settled the federal lawsuit by agreeing to pay the student’s legal fees and publicly acknowledge that no students at the school are required to stand for or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Shortly after the settlement, Van Stone addressed a Board of Education meeting by quoting from the Black National Anthem, and opining that it “takes two minutes to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance.”

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