The front-page-picture of the July 19th issue of The Forum, about the recall effort relative to four members of the Fargo School Board, says it all. Not one non-white face in the room; par for the course, for those folks working the recall effort, in terms of their complaint about teaching critical race theory in Fargo school classes, a complaint for which solid reasoning would dictate has no bearing.

The reality, of course, is that this particular recall effort is part of a nation-wide school-board drive by Republicans to attempt to lay the groundwork for the 2022 election, and beyond. Despite being unable to factually-define just what CRT is, Republicans are on record as labeling it “a dangerous ideology,” “anti-American,” and “a blatant attempt to change the foundational principles of our nation.”

CRT came to national prominence on Sept. 2nd of 2020 when Christopher Rufo appeared on Tucker Carlson, and spouted a three-minute segment of innuendo, which Der Gropemfuhrer seized on the next day by inviting Rufo to DC to help him write an executive order limiting how contractors providing federal diversity seminars could talk about race. In March of this year, Rufo admitted that his goal “is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory.’ We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.” White Americans, that is.

Which mean Republicans are harnessing all the subtle signs of white angst over Black America that are all there for anyone to see. One year after the murder of George Floyd, The Nation magazine reports that now, “Black demands for full citizenship and equality are being treated as entitlement, calls for white racial accountability redefined as white persecution, and anti-racism falsely construed as anti-whiteness.”

The magazine continues: “In 1961, as white parents raged against integration, James Baldwin addressed what motivated their anger: ‘They do not really know what it is they are afraid of, but they know they are afraid of something, and they are so frightened that they are nearly out of their minds . . . We would never, never allow Negroes to starve, to grow bitter, and to die in ghettos all over the country if we were not driven by some nameless fear that has nothing to do with Negroes.’”

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So, white America, and the white people of the Fargo School Board recall effort, what nameless fear is driving you?

Stash Hempeck lives in Hendrum, Minn.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.