A group of parents in Waksha criticizes a candidate for school administration, who in a speech last year said that activism revolves around LGBT issues, important black lives and other issues rooted in the form of Marxism.
The candidate, Merkel Murer, said he used to identify with these issues until he had a “Christian conversion.” Murer, who teaches first grade at the “Mrs. Discount” in Bloit, is one of a group of candidates backed by the Republican Party of Waxka County.
The trio is part of a growing effort by conservatives to win policy-making places in school councils, whose job it is to decide on everything from how schools respond to the epidemic and how the race is taught in schools to how welcoming schools are to transgender students. others.
Schools in Waksha have had to deal with some of these hot issues recently.
Last year, Superintendent Waukesha, James Sebert and Deputy Superintendent Joe Koch, sent a letter to staff banning the use of signage saying “Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Thin Blue Line or” any posters or other material for those “classes.
This sparked a conversation in the community and a teacher tried to defy the order by hanging a pride flag in her classroom. Eventually, the teacher was suspended, and the pride flag was removed.
Some parents in Waksha have said they are concerned that Murer will try to compare Black Lives Matter, LGBT rights and other Marxist movements.
BLM, LGBT rights and other equal rights movements were born out of inequality built into society. All their proponents seek is equal treatment and to be seen and heard. It has nothing to do with Marxism, “said Laurel Peterson, a parent from Wauka’s school district.
While a Liberty University graduate student, Morar in a 2021 speech, available on the school website and sent to the Journal Sentinel by a concerned parent, said many modern civil rights movements are rooted in a version of Marxism that hates white Christian men.
“When you look at Marxism, it falls into different types of groups, right, then you have racial groups, right, then you have, you know, colored people versus white Americans, you have importance to black life, you have the LGBTQ movement (I was Part of it), “Moore said in his speech. “You have the Me Too Movement movement, you have all these different groups, people with disabilities, right, you have all these different groups that are told because they ‘are suffering from oppression because of another group of people, which is white Americans or the white Christian man “.
Murer declined to say whether he was behind his remarks that the same civil rights movements were rooted in Marxism, instead choosing to focus on the religious part of his speech.
“To the extent that my faith is central to all decisions I make in life, my values of faith centered on kindness, compassion, and love for others will also guide me in my decisions regarding school district policy as a school board member,” Murer said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Down Miner, Wauka’s parent, said Murer’s speech was of concern to her.
“I feel like this is a huge dog whistle for right-wing zealots,” Miner said. “My main way is that there is no chance that any of the movements … are Marxist or communist.”
“Simply put, these movements are meant to take care of our neighbors,” Miner told the Journal Sentinel.
Mourning at the ballot box on Tuesday. In the primaries he received the third in the number of votes and went up for the general election. On Tuesday, the top three ballot recipients from the remaining six candidates will get a seat on the school board.
Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.