I attended the Federal Way School Board meeting Oct. 15 to comment on Angela Davis coming to speak as the guest of the Federal Way Public Schools and its taxpaying residents for the kickoff of the district's "Intercultural Speaker Series" this year.
This guest is only the third woman ever to earn a spot on the FBI's "Most Wanted List." She was also known as a radical feminist activist, a member of the Communist Party USA, and an associate of the Black Panther Party. This radical resume and background makes her someone we should not be bringing here to increase awareness and deepen knowledge of cultural competency or deepen relationships with our students, parents and teachers.
Why would I want my grandson at Sacajawea Middle School to be exposed to this woman?
Ms. Davis is of course free to speak at any public event, air her views, and have the public at large pay for her event. However, I don't think it's right for taxpayers to be paying and promoting such an event.
With the times being so tight financially right now, why go outside the Seattle/Olympia area or even outside Washington state to pay for someone? Are there no other qualified celebrities or experts who could come in to speak as effectively and knowledgeably?
Future guest speakers should receive closer scrutiny to ensure taxpayers and parents get the best for the least.
Donna Metz, Des Moines