Letter: NCHS Alumni Group Actually Got It Right

On June 24th, 2020, former New Canaan High School student Griffin Hall, wrote an opinion piece skewering an open letter and presentation delivered by several current and former NCHS alumni. The main thrust of the letter and presentation was to appeal to the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi to amend the New Canaan Public Schools curriculum to add a broader and deeper understanding of systemic racism, implicit bias, police brutality, and privilege. They also asked Dr. Luizzi to encourage surrounding school systems to adopt such ideas. Griffin’s Op-Ed wanted to “remind” these alum that “Black Lives Matter is a movement about ending police brutality and racial profiling.” He called their proposal “a retroactive crusade against sheltered white childhoods.” He couldn’t be more wrong on this subject. I hold this subject dear because I grew up in New Canaan as an ABC scholar and part of the NCHS class of 2005.