User's comment:

Dexter's "Woke" Superintendent Chris Timmis pays for CRT books with taxpayer money and gives them free to students, teachers, and staff for a summer community reading program.

1. White Fragility. (Black author and professor at Columbia John McWhorter describes this book for the magazine The Atlantic as "a book that "aims to combat racism but talks down to Black people" (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/dehumanizing-condescension-white-fragility/614146/). White people are bad. They can't help it. They will never get better.)

2. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. (The book promotes the author's idea of "stereotype threat" wherein people told they will do poorly on a test because of their skin color then do poorly on the test because of the perceived threat. That may be true, but the book is seriously missing citations and context for its claims and is unreliable as a scholarly work. It could have been a pamphlet instead of a book. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereotype_threat))

3. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. (Having not read this one yet, I can't say for sure, but one reviewer called it misogynistic, and another said that every story purported that black people are always victims and white people are always the perpetrators. So it's pretty clearly a racist book and solidly CRT.)

Students, parents, and staff members are invited to order the books, receive them for free, and join in "anti-racist" (aka neo-racist or critical race theory based) conversations and activities.

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Here is the pertinent part of the email announcing the giveaway.

Christopher Timmis <timmisc@dexterschools.org>
May 16, 2021, 10:51 AM

May 16, 2021

Dear DCS Families, Students, and Staff,

Community Book Study: Historically, we've offered staff and parents opportunities to participate in a community book study or community read. This started several years ago when we issued hundreds of copies of At What Cost when discussing student mental health. This summer, we are offering a series of three books that will be incorporated into voluntary book studies focused on Diversity Equity and Inclusion. All of our students will be asked to be competitive workers in a society that assumes an ability to work in a diverse world. However, our students do not live in a multicultural setting in their daily educational environments. This requires an increased focus from DCS to help prepare our students and to best educate all of our students. Staff, parents, and MC/DHS students interested in sharing in one or more of our community reads, can select the book(s) you would like to read by completing this form: https://forms.gle/PVGmCN7jwEZU1GpB8. Books will hopefully be delivered to buildings for pickup by the end of the school year (depending on shipping). Activities and opportunities for discussion will be made available closer to the summer. The deadline to request a copy is Sunday, May 23rd.

Thank you for your continued support of DCS, all of your help this school year, and Go Dreads!

Sincerely,

Christopher Timmis, EdD

Superintendent

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And here is the header from the google form that was sent out.

Summer 2021 Community Read

Historically, we've offered staff and parents opportunities to participate in a community book study or community read. This started several years ago when we issued hundreds of copies of At What Cost when discussing student mental health. This summer, we are offering a series of three books that will be incorporated into voluntary books studies focused on Diversity Equity and Inclusion. All of our students will be asked to be competitive workers in a society that assumes an ability to work in a diverse world. However, our students do not live in a multicultural setting in their daily educational environments. This requires an increased focus from DCS to help prepare our students and to best educate all of our students.

If you are interested in sharing in one or more of our community reads, please select the book(s) you would like to read. Books will hopefully be delivered to buildings for pickup by the end of the school year (depending on shipping). Activities and opportunities for discussion will be made available closer to the summer. The deadline to request a copy is Sunday, May 23rd.

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Submitted: May 19, 2021