Redding First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton is rallying behind District 9 School Superintendent Rydell Harrison after flyers critical of an old social media post showed up in residents mailboxes, and in response to the district considering how to teach critical race theory.
The mailer, according to The Newstimes, says his post from after the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol included socially threatening language and claims parents shouldn’t fear their child is being politically influenced or victimized by one-sided partisanship.
Shortly after the post Harrison apologized to the Board of Ed and said his intention was not to be divisive, noting that his post offended some.
The mailer was sent by a group called Nonpartisan Action for a Better Redding. They say Harrison should have sent a letter to the town Republican party directly. In the post, Harrison said “Please search your soul and ask if your words, your silence, actions or inactions helped in any way pave the way for Confederate flags to be waved in our nation’s capitol," saying former President Trump wasn't the only one responsible for the incident.
“If you re-tweeted his foolishness, shouted ‘lock her up,’ jumped on board with his ‘sleepy Joe’ narrative countered with All Lives Matter, ignored the normalization of racism and sexism and co-signed unfounded conspiracy theories or chose to stand back and stand by, don’t act surprised,” the post reads. “You are a co-conspirator who has sided with domestic terrorism. Our young people need each one of us to do better. Decency must be the first step towards being great.”