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A Woodsman came into the forest and asked the Trees to provide him with a handle for his ax.
Some of the Trees, wishing to save themselves, told the Woodsman where he could find a very young Ash Tree. The Woodsman then pulled the Ash Tree out of the ground.
No sooner had the Woodsman carved the Ash Tree into a sturdy handle than he began to use his ax. He set to work right and left, felling the noblest giants of the forest.
An old Oak, mourning the destruction of the mighty trees which had been his friends, said to a Cedar Tree nearby, “If we had not given up the Ash Tree to please the Woodsman, we might all have stood for hundreds of years.”
Yes, said the Cedar Tree sadly. We should have known that if we want our own lives protected, we must protect the lives of others.“
– From Aesop’s Fables, Retold by Ann McGovern
Maybe the Trees thought the Woodman’s request was no big deal. Maybe they figured that the loss of one puny Ash Tree was nothing to them. Maybe it seemed impolite to refuse the Woodsman. Or worse, who were the Trees to impose their preferences of the poor Woodsman in need of an axe? Oh, the inequity!
But not long after the Woodsman got to work, the Trees mourned the destruction of their friends and neighbors. Like those Trees, we are now mourning the destruction of many American public and private educational institutions, as well as many of the foundational principles upon which our country has been built. Anti-racism is an axe. It is becoming clear that “anti-racism orthodoxy has resulted in the demonization of white people.” Diversity has been gradually whittled into an axe, regardless of its Civil Rights Era form and function. Do the majority of Americans still stand, even silently, against the multiplicity of axes being wielded by woke activists?
The recent statements by individuals objecting to the race-obsessed indoctrination of students at elite private schools in New York City demonstrate that there are still some willing to stand up and protect themselves and others. In general, I’m not so sure that private citizens are silently enduring the assault on our schools and other institutions. Just because most people don’t have a column in a major newspaper or a large following on Twitter doesn’t mean that they’re silent. And yet how many people can hear them beyond their closest family and friends, and possibly coworkers? That’s why I am heartened to see the attention paid to the serious and substantive letters written by Paul Rossi and Andrew Guttman in opposition to the ideological conformity demanded by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion agenda.
An army of Woodsmen already have been hacking away at truth, justice, and the American Way for years now. Maybe you don’t feel bad for elites with children in fancy NYC private schools, but realize that those elites are in a position to either strengthen or weaken the reach of woke ideology. When they protect themselves, we all benefit.Published in