Danyela Souza Egorov, the vice president of the Community Education Council, which represents a local district, told Fox News Digital that she was “shocked.”
“That has never happened to me,” Egorov said. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the country now that think those values, [of the] the open and honest debate [are not as important as whether]… some people are going to get uncomfortable and hurt… But I mean, we are adults.”
The book she asked about in the town hall was recommended in New York City’s Mosaic Independent Reading Collection and begins with an explanation of why discussions with young children about race are essential to fight against bias and stereotypes and continues on to claim that White people invented racism.
“Do you think whites invented racism? And if so, when? What century, roughly? At what age do a feel children should be introduced to such material without direct parental involvement?” Egorov asked.
Then, a DOE employee interrupted and said the “racially-charged question” must not be addressed. The employee works at the DOE’s Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) team, whose functions include fostering parents’ engagement in education. “The FACE team has staff members focused on parent empowerment… All team members help to amplify parent voices across the city,” the DOE’s website said about the program.
The DOE employee said, “Before you ask that question, I’d like to interject and say that this could be a racially-charged question and at this time you should be considering transitioning to community feedback or the candidates will leave the platform.”