Johnson County Park and Recreation District will rework diversity and inclusion statement following commissioner’s criticism

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District board will continue working on a diversity and inclusion statement after county commissioner Charlotte O'Hara criticized a draft version, saying it included elements of "critical race theory." File photo of JCPRD headquarters.

A Johnson County commissioner’s criticism of a draft diversity and inclusion statement for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District has prompted the district’s board to reconsider the statement’s language.

County Commissioner Charlotte O’Hara said the proposed diversity statement, which was the result of months of workshopping by a committee of park district staffers, evoked elements of “critical race theory” and was “destructive” to Johnson County.