Summary:

The Burbank Board of Education approved an "anti-racism resolution" that defines racism as power plus privilege and says it is the product of "white default" culture.

The board dismissed comments from one resident who said the move could lead to costly litigation.

A teacher, Lucia Bowers, spoke in support of the statement, saying "as a first-generation American growing up in this district, I often felt the push to assimilate... to not just be an American but to be a Burbanker."

She said of the "colorblindness" that she experienced in Burbank in the 1980s and 1990s, "all these years I haven’t been able to put my finger on what was wrong with how I grew up, except to know that as wonderful as my time as a BUSD student was, it didn’t always feel right.”

“But when I read our school district’s proposed Anti-Racism Statement, I had a learning moment.”

Immediately after entering the political arena of critical race theory, the local school board proceeded to pass a resolution taking a position on international policy.

The Board of Education approved a resolution titled "Standing in Solidarity with the People of Armenia and Artsakh to Condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey’s Aggression."

“Is it right for a school district to speak on what’s an international issue? I believe it is,” said Board Vice President Steven Frintner, responding to a citizen's comment.

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Submitted: Oct 21, 2020