A World of Nuance

RECEIVED Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Thank you, Mike Clark-Madison, for “Austin at Large: Equity Is Everybody’s Business” [News, Dec. 27, 2019]. Thank you for the “we” and “This baby belongs to the whole village.” Thank you for not blaming everything related to school changes on “evil” AISD trustees, as many vocal Austinites are wont to do. I hope many Austinites read your article. Being a public servant is not an easy job, particularly when many influential people speculate about what motivates trustees’ decision-making without actually talking to them and then post those speculations on social media without fact-checking. Many Austinites appear eager to cast blame for decisions made by trustees without accepting any responsibility for the decisions they make regarding where they send their children to school or where they live. How many influential Austinites send their children to schools in AISD Districts 1, 2, and 3? How many live in AISD Districts 1, 2, and 3? How many of these Austinites actually walk their talk? I live in a world of nuance – not in a world where good and evil are clearly delineated. That’s the world extremists live in. I avoid social media like the plague. And I avoid words like “all” and “everyone” unless those words accurately describe what is going on.
Ann Teich
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