Statement to District 49 School Board Meeting, Colorado Springs

Derrick Wilburn

Excerpt transcribed from You Tube video:

I am the direct descendant of the North American slave trade. Both my parents are black, all four of my grandparents are black, all 8 of my great grandparents all 16 of my great greats. . . .

I am not oppressed. I am not oppressed and I’m not a victim. . . . I travel all across this country of ours and I check into hotels, and I fly commercially, and I walk into retail establishments, and I order food in restaurants. I go wherever I want whenever I want. I am treated with kindness, dignity, and respect literally from coast to coast. I have three children. They are not oppressed either. . . .

Putting critical race theory into our classrooms is taking our nation in the wrong direction. Racism in America would by and large be dead today were it not for certain people and institutions keeping it on life support. And sadly, sadly, very sadly, one of these institutions is the American educational system. I can think of nothing more damaging to a society than to tell a baby born today that she has grievances against another baby born today simply because of what their ancestors may have done two centuries ago.