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A critique of North Bend School Board Resolution 2020-09

Last updated on March 5, 2023

The North Bend School Board had a worksession on 9/30 to further discuss the new anti-CRT resolution (2021-11) that was intended to replace Resolution 2020-09.

The main topic of contention was whether the new resolution should replace, or simply supplement the old one. Ultimately, the Board decided to form a committee which will hopefully be meeting toward the end of October and have a final draft the beginning of November. I decided to take a look at both resolutions to see what my own opinion was, and if I thought they could be reconciled. Links to both are below:

One thing I noticed was, Resolution 2020-09 is NOT easy to find. I searched all over the NBSD website and it’s not posted conspicuously anywhere that I could find. Given the reasons for this resolution in the first place, I find that strange. A more distrusting person might think the Board was trying to hide it from the public. After combing through the agendas of every single board meeting, I finally found it as an attachment to the meeting on 10/1/2020. It’s in PDF form but the silly website won’t even let you download it. I had to copy the text into a new document.

I started going through the resolution and immediately ran into problems. It is littered with CRT-related buzz words such as “equity” and “anti-racist”. Wait! What’s wrong with those words? I’m anti-racist! Well, so am I, but the words don’t mean what you think they mean. I refer you back to my prior article where I explain how postmodernists love to change definitions to confuse people. I already discussed equity so let’s look at anti-racist.

Anti-racism encompasses a range of ideas and political actions which are meant to counter racial prejudice, systemic racism, and the oppression of specific racial groups. Anti-racism is usually structured around conscious efforts and deliberate actions which are intended to provide equal opportunities for all people on both an individual and a systemic level. As a philosophy, it can be engaged in by the acknowledgment of personal privileges, confronting acts as well as systems of racial discrimination, and/or working to change personal racial biases

Well, that doesn’t sound too bad actually. Everyone has prejudices to combat. Many countries and institutions still have systemic racism. Unfortunately, I don’t trust Wikipedia. It’s well-known that articles there are curated by users and frequently slant their content for or against certain political viewpoints. Let’s do a Google search and see what we come up with. The first 5 results are:

  1. Being Antiracist – National Museum of African American History & Culture
  2. Anti-Racism – Wikipedia
  3. What it means to be anti-racist – Vox
  4. ‘Not Racist’ Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist – NPR
  5. How to Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

From the first link we have, “In a society that privileges white people and whiteness…” and “In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society.” They also mention Ibram X. Kendi, who is the author of “How to Be An Antiracist” and is number 5 on the list above. He is probably the most high-profile person in this field, so let’s take a look at him.

For anyone who has read 1984 by George Orwell, this type of thinking should be familiar.

His sole concern was to find out what they wanted him to confess, and then confess it quickly, before the bullying started anew. He confessed to the assassination of eminent Party members, the distribution of seditious pamphlets, embezzlement of public funds, sale of military secrets, sabotage of every kind. He confessed that he had been a spy in the pay of the Eastasian government as far back as 1968. He confessed that he was a religious believer, an admirer of capitalism, and a sexual pervert. He confessed that he had murdered his wife, although he knew, and his questioners must have known, that his wife was still alive. He confessed that for years he had been in personal touch with Goldstein and had been a member of an underground organization which had included almost every human being he had ever known. It was easier to confess everything and implicate everybody. Besides, in a sense it was all true. It was true that he had been the enemy of the Party, and in the eyes of the Party there was no distinction between the thought and the deed.

-George Orwell, 1984 (Part 3, Chapter 2)

In the eyes of the antiracists, there is no distinction between thinking about racism and actually committing it. In fact, you must admit to racism whether you actually believe it or not. They are the racial psychoanalysts and you have been pre-determined to have a mental disorder.

In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.

-Angela Y. Davis

Let’s look at one last thing from Ibram X. Kendi that might give you a bit more insight into his beliefs.

Oh, you might also be interested to know that Safeway and Albertsons are (or at least were) selling Mr. Kendi’s children’s book, “Antiracist Baby”, at their stores in Oregon:

Safeway Pulled Bestselling “Antiracist Baby” Book From Shelves in Oregon Stores Last Month

Another major issue I have with the old resolution is where they say, “the district will work to be actively anti-racist and dismantle systemic racism in our schools.” What systemic racism? If you think there is an actual racist policy, procedure or practice, why don’t you name it? They don’t, because they can’t. They’re operating from the assumption that any institution that is primarily the creation of white people is always going to have systemic racism. That sounds like actual racism to me.

I could go further, but the main issue here is that NBSD Resolution 2020-09 was written from the perspective that created Critical Race Theory in the first place. When we read these words, it means one thing. To a CRT trained academic or one of their followers it means something totally different. It’s not possible for people to have meaningful dialog when they can’t even agree on the definitions of words.

During the NBSD worksession, several board members argued that they needed to keep 2002-09 because of a specific incident that occurred and that their lawyers had signed off on it. They were worried about liability if it was replaced. Unfortunately, a large amount of the wording is simply incompatible with the new resolution. Hopefully the committee will be able to come up with something.

I urge everyone in Coos County to keep an eye on the North Bend School Board. Call, write letters and support the board members who are fighting the good fight. The next Board meeting is this Friday, October 7th, 6pm at the North Bend Middle School cafeteria. You can also stream the meeting live right here:

-Matthew Wilbanks (Editor @


  1. Jaye Bell Jaye Bell October 24, 2021

    It would seem it is not enough to have the English style cast system.. Now they want to create a division of Americans by color of skin. Regards, JB

  2. Jaye Bell Jaye Bell October 24, 2021

    Hi Matt,
    I left out a very import group of words in my comment … ‘ English style cast system here in Coos County. ‘ Regards, JB

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