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All Ward 2 Residents,

If you haven’t already, I want to remind you to please vote on Tuesday Nov. 2nd. I have had the honor to serve as your councilperson these last four years and hope you will vote to let me continue to serve you.

It’s unfortunate that politics across our nation has inserted itself into local elections. School board and city council elections are non-political positions. My responsibility is to the citizens of Indianola and Ward 2. We’ve had some tough decisions these last four years. I take pride in the fact that I do my research, look at any alternative solutions and then vote what I believe to be in the best interest of the city and my constituents. I also take pride in the fact that the work I do for the city is honest, open and transparent. I also believe in the truth.

We have many decisions to make in the next four years. I hope that you, our citizens, will help us make these decisions together. I love this city! Please let’s work together to make it even better!

BOB KLING / Indianola, Ward 2

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Bob Kling and the entire city council displayed a lack of leadership and responsiveness to their constituents when they failed to meet with the public, at the request of the Warren County Republican Party for the meeting, to discuss why the city supported the unlawful and racially discriminatory 21 Day Equity Challenge. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibit racial discrimination in employment, including racial stereotyping in training materials.

The Challenge supports racial stereotyping.

The 20th day Challenge materials are at https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge-day-20. It links to the following document:

https://www.cacgrants.org/assets/ce/Documents/2019/WhiteDominantCulture.pdf .

This document lists a series of stereotypes as “norms” of “white culture”. Imagine someone declaring that these “norms” represented Black behavior, but were not racist.

They include “Either/or thinking”; “Paternalism”; “Taking unearned credit for wins”; and “Power Hoarding”. The Challenge suggests that it is the norm for white people to discriminate against Blacks: “White Mediocrity: People of color given extra work, and scrutinized while white staff with more years and/or formal credentials are given a pass or promoted.”

In the last example, reasons that any court would recognize as being nondiscriminatory, i.e. greater experience and knowledge, are characterized as discriminatory.

The Challenge's characterization of valuing standard American English, verbal, linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence as a white norm suggests a deficiency of non-whites in these areas. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, as well as neurosurgeon Ben Carson and NASA mathematician Mary Jackson, stand as refutations of this stereotype.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines racism as, “Prejudice . .. . against . . . people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically [but not exclusively] one that is a minority or marginalized.” [or] “the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics . . . , especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.” Parts of the 21 Day Equity Challenge meet these definitions.

The message that Bob Kling and the rest of the council sent was clear: racially discriminatory training materials are OK, and challenges to those materials are not even worth discussing, when the discrimination is directed against white people. It is of zero concern to him that such training materials are unlawful.

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