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  1. “However, we are not going to, for example, question the very existence of racism in furtherance of some extreme notion of balance.”

    Could you please list examples of racism occurring among the people of Winnetka? I assume there must be an epidemic of racism there to justify this seminar. Also, are ALL races taught to guard themselves against falling into racist modes of thinking, or only whites? Perhaps you are saying that white people are guilty for the racist sins of their fathers. If so, then please explain how blaming people for racial crimes they didn’t commit, which is currently known as “White Privilege” among other headings, helps heal the racial divide. Will this be discussed at the seminar?

    “They will learn important discussion and listening skills, empathy and tolerance for diverse viewpoints, and methods for counteracting bullying and harassment. ”

    How will they learn about tolerance for diverse viewpoints if you explicitly exclude different viewpoints from the conversation and treat them as if they are unworthy of serious consideration? Do you think that letting the students see you bully “conservatives” into silence is the right message to send if we want to maintain a civil discourse on sensitive topics? Are you teaching them to have “empathy” for those who hold “conservative viewpoints” or will this seminar encourage students to throw all who break from the Liberal orthodoxy into the Basket of Irredeemable Deplorables?

    “Let’s trust them to be active participants in the marketplace of ideas.”

    Clearly you don’t trust them or you would expose them to ideas which differ from your own. We can conclude that you are afraid your ideas will lose in a truly free and open market place. On that much, we agree.

    There’s so much more to cover in your post, but that will do for now.

  2. Mr. Robitaille – thank you for this letter. The entire NT Board – thank you for the countless extra hours you have devoted to handling this issue. NT staff and students – thank you even more, for it is apparent how much time and effort you’ve put into planning seminar day. The pushback from a tiny minority of the community has been unpleasant, but perhaps useful in that it made all of us examine racial diversity further, whichever side we are on. Monday’s board meeting, and the new acqaintances and encounters I have experienced as a result of this “controversy”, make me proud of the vast majority of our community, and proud to be a New Trier parent.

    • Racial diversity is overrated. I say that as a non-white whose parents are legal immigrants turned American citizens.

      ” The pushback from a tiny minority of the community has been unpleasant”

      If this was “unpleasant” then you give a glimpse into the psyche of those who have fallen for the whole “diversity” – immensely fragile and delusional.

  3. Dear President Robitaille,

    I am a Wilmette community member and I simply want to express my gratitude to you and the school for demonstrating through this seminar your commitment to the New Trier motto – to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to service of humanity.

    Loving regards,
    Lorelei McClure

    • McClure said: “commitment to the New Trier motto – to commit minds to inquiry”

      Give the statement: ““However, we are not going to, for example, question the very existence of racism in furtherance of some extreme notion of balance.” I believe there’s an immense cognitive dissonance between what the motto says and what’s actually transpiring. Name me one speaker that has a conservative perspective, just a tinge, on race relations that has been asked to be a guest in this All-School Seminar Day.

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