Letter: The Fargo School Board should disband
"The pledge is not forcing you to conform to religion, a political party, a nationality, a race or a gender," writes Fargo resident Erik Walker. "It is giving gratitude to one of the few nations on this planet that allows you to be all of those things that you choose to be."
I am not a parent, but if I was, I would be at every single Fargo School Board meeting grilling those individuals as to why we are discussing whether or not to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the meetings when they cannot fill open teaching positions.
Very clearly, we can see where their heads are at, most certainly not with the students in Fargo Public Schools.
If the school board wasn’t too busy trying to shove leftist ideology down the public’s throat in a city that is mostly conservative, they might better attract effective teaching candidates to fill those much-needed positions.
What kind of message is this sending to the students? What is so difficult about paying two minutes of respect to the country that you call home? The pledge is not forcing you to conform to religion, a political party, a nationality, a race or a gender. It is giving gratitude to one of the few nations on this planet that allows you to be all of those things that you choose to be.
In other countries, you have to swear an oath before royalty to become a citizen of that country. How would you feel having to swear an oath before Donald Trump or Joe Biden?
I am absolutely appalled that this collective group has wasted this amount of time even considering this let alone discussing it. St. Louis Park, Minn. had the same idea and very quickly reversed that decision when the outrage was more than they wanted to handle.
What’s next? How about we remove all of the American Flags at all schools in the district? Is that a symbol of oppression too?
If this is what the collective school board wants to discuss, then don’t have a school board. Turn the school district over to the superintendent and let him make all of these choices instead of wasting time deciding whether or not the Pledge should be said at meetings.
Students deserve better.
Erik Walker is a resident of Fargo.
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