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NEWBERG, Ore. (KPTV) – The Newberg School Board held a meeting on September 22 devoted solely to hearing public comment via Zoom after receiving community feedback for some of its recent policies.

“We are against this proposed ban and we are against Blackface and against all these racist incidents,” said Tai Harden-Moore, who lives in Newberg and also helped organize a protest before the meeting.

Last week a district staff member showed up to school dressed in Blackface, and many like Harden-Moore are now saying it must stop.

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“We obviously don’t know our history, obviously we don’t take these issues seriously. We don’t focus on the problems we should, because if we were, we wouldn’t be here, ”said Harden-Moore.

She said she hopes the board members will listen to what people have to say. During the meeting, commentators were given a strict 2-minute deadline to voice their concerns to the board. Earlier this summer, the board voted to ban teachers from displaying Black Lives Matter flags and Pride flags or signs.

“I think that’s the message these two flags are sending, they don’t want this message of inclusion in schools because they don’t want students of color to feel welcome, they don’t want not that LGBTQ students feel like they’re welcome and that’s the real momentum behind the ban, ”Harden-Moore said.

More recently, some Newberg students have also used photos of other students from a Snapchat group called “Slave Trade” with racial and homophobic slurs.

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“While this recent wave of events is certainly worrying, we are not shocked, we are not surprised, we know there is racism in our community, we know there is bigotry in our community and we’re doing everything we can to stop it, ”said Rachel Adams, who lives in Newberg.

“I am completely dismayed, completely disgusted and concerned about our community, that our children feel safe in our community and myself and my neighbors, I am actually a queer woman myself, my wife and I have been living here for five years. ”

The board is scheduled to meet again on September 28.

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