Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

December 28, 2003

Critic helped to make Williams issue racial

I am astonished to read the letter ("Williams controversy should not be racial," Dec. 21) from Robert Eades. In it, he states, "Do not allow the controversy at Annapolis High School to degenerate to racial division."

This is the same Robert Eades who referred to Del. Herb McMillan as "David Duke" for asking to investigate legitimate concerns about Williams, who had previously been removed as a principal amid charges of racism, in addition to having a poor evaluation and being unable to raise student achievement significantly.

This is the same Robert Eades who made the statement at a Board of Education meeting that racists "used to wear hoods, now they wear suits" in reference to those who opposed Deborah Williams.

While he may "strongly support Principal Williams, who is seeking to close the disparate gap between students of color and whites," can he or anyone else say what she is doing to close the gap, other than to drive higher-achieving students from the school because so many of the teachers are leaving?

This same Robert Eades represented himself as a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club when addressing the Board of Education. He refused to stand, or participate in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, at the beginning of the meeting. That set an excellent example for the youngsters he brought to the meeting, who sat in disrespect along with him.

He's right in saying "The issue of race has been one of the recurring charges." That is because he and others have continued to use it as a means to justify their defense of Ms. Williams' own tendencies, and her shortcomings as an administrator.

Kay McDurmon Annapolis

Alumnus supports Annapolis principal

As a 1968 graduate of Annapolis High School, I would like to add my voice to those who are supporting Principal Deborah Williams and Dr. Eric J. Smith in their efforts to close the gap between white and minority students.

Too many African-American and Latino youth are falling scholastically behind, and we as a society are paying the price. The failure of our school system to educate all youth speaks volumes about how far we are creating societal divisions among the races. It is no accident that Latino youth and African-American youth are being trained to be the laborers and not the employers of the future.

Dr. Smith is to be commended for attempting to ameliorate this deplorable fact. My daughter matriculated through Annapolis High School. The school had problems then; and it has problems now! Fifty years after the famous Brown vs. Topeka decision, students of color are still waiting for the promise of equal education.

Does racism play a factor in the efforts of some to force Principal Williams from her post? You bet it does.

Jeffrey C. Henderson Annapolis

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