Sun wrong to publish Miller ‘screed’
I read Ann Miller’s commentary (“BCPS board member: Dallas Dance must go,” Nov. 15) and then I watched her talk on Vimeo about the five things most important to her. The Sun gave her long piece prominent display, and Ms. Miller revealed her own very conservative, right-wing stance on the threat that Donald Trump’s election poses to school children.
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance reposted a short Election Day Twitter post by former Montgomery County School Superintendent Joshua Starr who urged teachers to “show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled, or just non-white [students] that you love them and will protect them!” They, as well as LGBT students, and outspoken white liberal students, all need support. The graffiti, taunts, threats and attacks against students who are Muslim, black, Latino, Jewish, disabled, immigrant, and/or LGBT, is widespread across the country. This is the danger Mr. Trump has sown with his hateful and sexist talk for the last year and a half.
Ms. Miller is entitled to her beliefs, but why The Sun had to give her so much space to spew without a response from Mr. Dance or Mr. Starr or another Baltimore County Board of Education member is baffling to me (“The Dance tweet,” Nov. 14). Ms. Miller herself was a very controversial appointment to that board because of what many members think are her ultra-conservative and outspoken positions.
The Sun did a little to assuage my dismay in publishing E. R. Shipp’s piece about “pushing back against a ’Trump Nation’“(“We must ‘agitate, agitate, agitate’ in the Trump era,” Nov. 15) which is important to read immediately after reading Ms. Miller’s screed.