Leadership by an individual or organization requires vision with courage. It means having the courage to make a courageous decision versus the popular decision. Fear too often guides us.

The recent discussion at the school board meeting seems based on fear of what critical race theory means or promotes. Critical thinking requires being open and thinking through ideas, concepts, theories, or beliefs to determine what we can learn from them.

Loving an opposing idea or what might be perceived as our enemy can be challenging. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies, a Christian but strange thought.

Naming Rochester’s new elementary school after a ‘street’ or ‘neighborhood’ lacks vision or courage but was a popular choice. Naming our school to honor Native people would have spoken volumes. We speak of social justice and equity but are challenged when asked to honor those we have harmed in our past.

Tim Haskamp, Rochester