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Video: In Speech Honoring Black History Month, Fairfax School Board Member Karen Keys-Gamarra Decries Note Expressing Desire to “Tar and Feather” Her

As Keys-Gamarra correctly explained, it is things like this which demonstrate the need to teach American history - "ALL OF IT"

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Thanks to Matt Rogers for the “heads up” on this powerful Black History Month speech by Fairfax County School Board member Karen Keys-Gamarra. See below for video of the part where Keys-Gamarra talks about a note she received expressing interest in “tarr[ing] and feather[ing]” her – something that, as Keys-Gamarra notes, was historically used (along with lynchings, cross burnings, etc.) to intimidate African Americans and to “tell them where their place is.” As Keys-Gamarra stated, “I want to state this unequivocally, my place today is at this dais!”

Also, see below for video of the entire speech by Keys-Gamarra, including her proclamation honoring Black History Month and her comments about the need to teach American history – “all of it” (obviously including Black history, which as Keys-Gamarra stated, IS American history). Very powerful; thanks to Keys-Gamarra for this speech, for her service, and also for her courage, in serving her community at a time when language like “tarring and feathering” is seen by too many people as “legitimate political discourse.”

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