Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘Really troubleshooting’: Public defender fired for speaking out against critical race theory

A public defender who was fired for speaking out against critical race theory says what happened was upsetting and she hopes to win a legal battle she is engaged in.

“I wasn’t even talking about my job. I was talking about my child’s school and my child’s education. And so the idea that my employer felt they had a right to weigh , and to say that my thoughts and my thoughts make me unfit to do my job, it’s really upsetting,” Maude Maron said on EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

Critical race theory is a movement that focuses on a person’s race as the defining aspect of their identity, as opposed to other aspects of their personality, such as personality traits or achievements. It believes that caste is socially constructed and casteism is systematic. Critics say the movement, which supporters allege is aimed at combating racism, is itself racist.

Maron described the “anti-bias training” he received from the Department of Education as a member of the Public Schools Council. She said that she was asked to refer to herself as a “white woman” and that attendees learned about “white-dominated culture” and other ideas that explore “white fragility”, that is. There is a book written by white author Robin Diangelo that claims the people. The race must be constantly thought about as they interact with others in their daily lives.

Maron’s op-ed, published in the New York Post in July 2020 after the training, also detailed how he was harassed after correctly listing Asians as being part of the group, who are sometimes They were called “people of color”. Serious race theorists sometimes allege that Asians are not people of color because their achievement metrics are often the highest of any racial group.

“We all want a well-integrated, high-quality public-school system. Parents have a right to demand an education that prepares their children to meet or exceed grade-level expectations, which in the U.S. often lag behind other countries,” Marrone wrote at the time. Was.

Pieces and comments made by Maron on social media prompted a reaction, including Black Attorneys for Legal Aid representing black lawyers working for the Legal Aid Society.

He said Maron’s rhetoric was explicitly against racism, but that she was actually racist, as she denounced the so-called “anti-racist” views put forward by some.

“That Maude finds it ‘chilling,’ tells true racial advocates all they need to know: She’s a racist, and wants [New York City] The school system – which holds the honor of being one of the most different in America – remains unequal,” the group wrote in a statement.

This led to an attack on him by the Legal Aid Society and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, Maron’s employer and union. For example, the society shared statements from black lawyers suggesting support for the ideas. The society later in its own statement condemned Maron for her op-ed, claiming that she “denies the existence of structural and institutional racism.”

Maron sued the society and the union, alleging that there was no evidence that, among other allegations, she is a racist and insisting that she believes in and opposes structural and institutional racism.

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“My union and my employer basically issued statements saying I was unfit to work because of my views,” Maron told The Epoch Times.

Redmond Haskins, a spokesman for the Legal Aid Society, told The Epoch Times in an email: “We believe this lawsuit is a frivolous and misguided attempt to use litigation to harass a non-profit employer and its employees. who have spent their careers advancing social causes of justice.”

The matter is still in the initial stage and a decision has not been taken.

Maron, who is running as an independent for a seat on the city council for New York City, said she received support from a wide range of people, including those with far-left views and following her position. deeply conservative” people. Was highlighted by former New York Times reporter Bari Weiss.

“They were people whose politics and ideas spread over a very wide area, but agreed with the idea that you should have any idea and still be able to show and work and if you do your job well So you should be able to keep doing it even if your employer doesn’t agree with you about some issues, some concerns. So there is a common ground among Americans, even Americans have different political parties There are, even people with very different views on important issues; the common ground is that if you are invested in finding it and making room for that open discourse, you can find it,” she said.

Maron encouraged people to run for office and attend local meetings, nodding people who have shown up in recent months at school board meetings in large groups to protest critical race theory and similar ideologies.

“I would like to see more people running for office who are not parroting the party line, whether it’s the Democratic Party line or the Republican Party line, but are actually speaking directly to the issues people are talking about. are,” she said. “School boards are a great place to look at grassroots concerns. If you go to your local school board and you see what causes parents to get up, stand up, sit in uncomfortable chairs, and wait forever for two minutes to speak at the mic, you should You will know what people are worried about and what they are worried about. And we need more politicians who are talking to him.”

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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Jan Jekielek is the Senior Editor of The Epoch Times and host of the show “American Thought Leaders”. Jan’s career has expanded to academia, the media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full-time and held a variety of roles as the website’s editor-in-chief. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny”.

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