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Controversial Diversity Signs in Delano Schools Raise Concern

Note: Most of the content in this post was pulled from a letter I wrote for the Delano Herald Journal. You can read the complete column here

Controversial “diversity” signs posted in Delano Public Schools faced community push back last week.

DelanoThe signs read: “Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming, Safe Space For Everyone.” But the concern wasn’t over the choice of words. The signs were decorated with a rainbow color scheme commonly linked to the LGBT movement. Some parents feared the rainbow symbology didn’t represent or include the viewpoints of all students and risked defeating the original intent of the messaging.

Mary Eskola, a former teacher and mother to 7 students currently in Delano schools, reached out to the Center and shared what she felt was an easy solution to the sign controversy.

“I feel like it would be a real easy solution to change the poster from rainbow colors to orange and black, which are Delano’s school colors. That’s the common ground on this issue. Then the poster would truly make all children feel welcome.”

“It’s a beautiful poster, it’s well-made, but visually, it does single out one group.”

After speaking to Mary, it was apparent her concerns were rooted in a deep desire to have all students feel represented.

Mary’s concerns were not “shameful,” and they weren’t “rooted in intolerance.” It’s unfortunate the Star Tribune Editorial Board labeled these concerns as such.

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