The Warren County Republican Party will sponsor a townhall regarding the 21-Day Equity Challenge on June 17 at 7:00 P.M. The event will take place at the old Record Herald location at 112 North Howard Street in Indianola. 

Warren County Republican Party to host 21-Day Equity Challenge townhall

The Warren County Republican Party will sponsor a townhall regarding the 21-Day Equity Challenge on June 17 at 7:00 P.M. The event will take place at the old Record Herald location at 112 North Howard Street in Indianola.

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is put on through the United Way of Central Iowa in partnership with several other organizations across the community. According to the United Way of Central Iowa, the goal of the challenge is to gain a deeper understanding of how racism and inequity affect communities. The challenge is free to complete and involves daily topics such as Understanding Privilege, Justice System Inequities and Allyship.

The 21-Day Equity Challenge has more than 500 supporter organizations. The City of Indianola is one of those 500 groups. 

The goal of the townhall is for individuals across Warren County to learn more about the challenge. The Warren County Republican Party plans to ask questions regarding the City of Indianola's support of the project.

The townhall will be moderated by Tamara Scott and a presentation will be made by Dr. Stephen Kirby, author of the report “The 21 Day Equity Challenge and the White Privilege Conference.”

For more information, contact gopofwarrencounty@gmail.com

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The 21 Day Equity Challenge is part of a New Racism that rejects Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s precept that people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. The New Racism mandates that all whites and Blacks are to be judged by the color of their skin. Whites are to be stereotyped as “oppressors”. Blacks are to be stereotyped as “victims”.

Stereotypes are preconceptions that describe a group. They are never true for the group as a whole, and often are true for only a tiny percentage of that group.

Among the racist stereotypes promoted by the 21 Day Equity Challenge are those listed as “characteristics of a white dominant culture” as provided in Day 20 of the Challenge: “Equity Tools and Approach for Change.” These stereotypes include:

“1. Whites think in either/or terms, avoiding complexities.

2. Whites take unearned credit for wins.”

Note that the above stated stereotypes, like all stereotypes, apply to white people as a whole, without exception. If you are white, then, because of the color of your skin, you think in either/or terms and take unearned credit for wins.

Some of the stereotypes promoted in this list of “characteristics of a white dominant culture” are double-edged as they implicitly suggest an inferiority or incompetence held by non-whites in certain areas. This was once known as “the soft bigotry of low expectations”, but there is nothing “soft” about it. These include stating that the following are “characteristics of a white dominant culture”:

“4. Superiority of ‘Standard American English.’

. . .

10. Verbal/linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences treated as superior.”

Standard American English, verbal/linguistic skills, and logical or mathematical competence are vital skills for many careers. Imagine Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall or Clarence Thomas or neurosurgeon Ben Carson without their verbal/linguistic skills and logical competence. They simply wouldn’t have been able to perform their jobs without these skills. Imagine the response of NASA’s Black female mathematicians and computer experts featured in Hidden Figures. Do you think they would accept the proposition that an emphasis on mathematical intelligence is just a characteristic of “dominant white culture”?

It is quite possible that the City of Indianola blindly adopted this program based on ignorance of its racist underpinnings. But now they have been made aware of this, I would hope it would discontinue its support of this program.

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