Critical Race Theory: Both sides are right; both sides are wrong. Can't we meet in the middle?

To those fighting to keep schools from including facts about the treatment of slaves, indigenous peoples, and others – You are wrong to hide the truth from our youth. But you are right to say that we should be proud of what was accomplished during the formation of our country and proud of the people who accomplished this.

To those wanting to remove the name of every person who did or said something that is averse to today's standards, recall Bible verse John 8:7, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." You are wrong to judge someone solely on the basis of their flaws - particularly when those flaws were not perceived as such in their time. But you are right to say that they were imperfect and that they held opinions that are not acceptable today.

Most "civilized" societies throughout history and pre-history were served by slaves. That doesn't make it right, but it does state a truth that should be told. People "different" than the ruling class have been mistreated throughout the ages. That doesn't make it right, but it states a truth that should be told. And yet, while practicing things that we now know to be wrong, the leaders of these societies produced some pretty amazing accomplishments. So please, let's tell the complete story without expunging all the names of history.

Karl Huppler, Mantorville