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6th grade choir teacher separates kids into ‘privileged’ and ‘targeted’ groups in lesson on ‘oppression’

A middle school choir teacher in Minnesota recently taught a class full of sixth-graders about various “types of oppression” by separating students into “privileged” and “targeted” categories, during what the school called a “social-emotional lesson.”

The revelation is just the latest example of educators and administrators force-feeding critical race theory and progressive political ideology to young, impressionable students — often while the social engineering campaign goes completely unnoticed by parents.

What are the details?

Far from receiving musical instruction, students at Sunrise Park Middle School near St. Paul, Minnesota, recently received a heavy dose of intersectional brainwashing from their choir teacher, Odelis Anderson, according to lesson plan documents obtained by TheBlaze.

In an introductory note, Anderson told students, “Last week, we talked about how hard it is to talk about race, and the level of difficulty is different for different people. For people who are privileged, it’s much easier to talk about race and other issues. For people who are not privileged, it’s much harder. Today, we will look at different types of oppression, and whether each of us is in the privileged group or the targeted group.”

Image Source: Screenshot of Sunrise Park Middle School lesson plan

Then, according to the lesson plan, which the school confirmed as real in an email to TheBlaze, students were asked to view a chart describing different types of oppression as well as “privileged groups” and “targeted groups” and assess which category they belonged in.

The chart listed five types of oppression for the students’ consideration: Racism, sexism, religious oppression, heterosexism, and xenophobia.

The “privileged groups” outlined in the chart consisted of individuals who are white, male, Christian, heterosexual, and were born in the United States. The “targeted groups” described individuals who are any ethnicity besides white, who are female, who are Muslim or have any religious affiliation besides Christianity, identify as LGBT, and were not born in the United States.

Image Source: Screenshot of Sunrise Park Middle School lesson plan

Anderson, whose LinkedIn profile touts her commitment to offering “socially diverse and just education to ALL learners,” presented the lesson to students over video conference last month. The school’s overarching district, White Bear Lake Area Schools, offers distance learning options amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Image Source: Screenshot of Sunrise Park Middle School lesson plan

TheBlaze reached out to Anderson with a request for comment about the lesson plan, but she has yet to respond.

What else?

In an email exchange with TheBlaze, White Bear Lake Area Schools director of communications Marisa Vette confirmed the details of the lesson plan in full.

In the email, Vette explained that the purpose of the lesson was “to help students understand that everyone is different and everyone experiences the world differently,” adding, “We wanted our students to listen to each other’s perspectives and put themselves in others’ shoes.”

She also noted the activity is a part of a series of “social-emotional lesson[s]” conducted by the school during the homeroom hour “a couple times a week,” in which students are instructed about a number of topics, “including self awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.”

With the homeroom hour being dropped amid the school’s distance learning program, teachers have conducted the lesson during their first-period classes, she explained. Thus the reason for choir class featuring the “social-emotional” content.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that each of our students’ needs are being met,” added Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak in a statement. “We know from listening to our students that our continued and sustained commitment to educational equity is a critical part of how we achieve our stated district mission and close gaps that currently exist in our student outcome measures.”

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Oklahoma Republican’s bill would ban critical race theory from being taught in school

An Oklahoma state lawmaker is seeking to ban teaching “divisive concepts” from critical race theory in state schools, pushing a for a law that would permit teachers to be fired for doing so.

State Sen. Shane Jett (R) is the author of Senate Bill 803, legislation that would explicitly prohibit the teaching of critical race theory and its components in the state of Oklahoma. In an interview with TheBlaze Wednesday, Jett said that while proponents of critical race theory promise to improve race relations, what’s being taught in schools actually creates a racial divide.

“It’s teaching divisive concepts and ideology to young people,” Jett told TheBlaze. “It is Marxist in origin and it’s designed to cause children to, instead of looking at what makes us unique and special and American, it causes them to pit themselves against each other based on the color of their skin.”

Jett’s bill prohibits Oklahoma public schools and public charter schools, starting from kindergarten to high school, from “teaching, instructing or training” any student to believe in “divisive concepts.”

Divisive concepts as defined in the legislation would, for example, promote the idea that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” or that “the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist.” Schools would not be allowed to teach that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously” or that “an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.”

Other “divisive concepts” include the idea that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex,” or that “meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.”

“The fundamental equality that is part of the American ideal is what we’re trying to underscore here,” Jett said.

Opponents of the bill accuse Jett of wanting to silence conversations about race in public schools.

“It was racially insensitive I thought. It was not a well-written bill; it seems like it said we don’t care and we are going to say these things,” Democratic state Sen. George Young said in an interview with KFOR.

“You are going to penalize teachers that teach the truth,” he charged.

Shannon Fleck, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, told KFOR that “race is an active issue” for people of color in Oklahoma.

“It’s offensive to all people in Oklahoma that conversations about racism are so divisive that they shouldn’t be happening. That’s the opposite of how to solve problems in our country and in our state,” she said.

Jett, a Cherokee American, strongly objected to critics who say his bill would punish teachers for discussing racial issues in schools.

“My wife is from Brazil, a third of her family down in Brazil would be considered people of color, and racism isn’t something that we tolerate,” Jett said. “I’m a Cherokee Indian. My mom is Cherokee, my dad is Irish. And so we talk about things that happen in the past honestly, engaged, hard-hitting. How do we fix it? How do we make sure it doesn’t happen in the future?”

But critical race theory, in Jett’s view, teaches some American children that they are oppressed and that their classmates with a different skin color are the oppressors.

“Instead of teaching equality and harmony and celebrating our progress in American history, this experiment in freedom, they are instead telling children to forget that. The very foundation of the American government is flawed, is racist. And if you’re white, you are by definition a racist and you don’t even know it. And if you’re a person of color, then you are oppressed and you’ve been victimized. And it’s by the other side of the classroom who are white, they have done it and their ancestors,” Jett said.

“They are literally teaching animosity,” he continued, characterizing the tenets of critical race theory as child abuse. “The bill basically says you can no longer do this. You cannot abuse public school kids at taxpayers’ expense and try to get them to distrust each other, distrust American history and then completely rewrite our history.”

By introducing his bill, Jett said he wants to have a dialogue and honest debate about race in America “in the context of truth and not in the context of a Marxist ideology that completely ignores the tremendous progress that this society has made.”

Critical Race Theory

Jett’s legislation is a direct repudiation of popular concepts in academia collectively known as critical race theory. CRT is a worldview that claims most laws and systems in America were historically rooted in the racist oppression of black people and other marginalized groups. It began as a legal movement in the 1970s in response to perceptions that progress made by the civil rights movement was insufficient. Among its influences are Marxism, post-modernism, radical feminism, and other schools of leftist political and cultural thought.

As defined by University of Alabama law professor Richard Delgado and his wife Jean Stefancic in their book, “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction,” CRT is “a collection of activists and scholars interested in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power.”

“Unlike traditional civil rights, which embraces incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law,” they wrote.

According to this worldview, racism in the United States is structural. America’s laws, institutions, and cultural representations are viewed to work together in ways that perpetuate racial inequity, or the unequal distribution of society’s benefits or burdens based on skin color. “White privilege” is the historical and contemporary advantage supposedly shared by people with a fair skin color, their access to society’s benefits and shielding from society’s burdens. American national values like individualism, individual responsibility, meritocracy, fairness, or equal treatment are said to ignore the realities of structural racism tell a lie that anyone in this country can make whatever they want of themselves, regardless of what they look like or where they come from.

This worldview has found widespread acceptance in academia and became mainstream in American politics and news media following racial unrest nationwide after the death of George Floyd in police custody and subsequent violent protests by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The New York Times’ controversial “1619 Project,” which sought to reframe American history “understanding 1619,” the year the first African slaves were brought to America, “as our true founding,” is one example of critical race theory’s widespread influence.

Another recent example is the controversy involving Coca-Cola, in which an employee claimed racial sensitivity training used a course called “Confronting Racism” that taught employees “to be less white.” The training stated that “To be less white is to:” “be less oppressive,” “be less arrogant,” “be less certain,” “be less defensive,” “be less ignorant,” “be more humble,” “listen,” “believe,” “break with apathy,” and to “break with white solidarity.”

Aspects and assumptions of “whiteness,” as explained by a publication from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture that went viral on social media, include ideas like “self-reliance,” “the nuclear family,” emphasis on the scientific method, “the primacy of Western (Greek, Roman) and Judeo-Christian tradition,” the Protestant work ethic, “Christianity,” “rigid time schedules,” and more.

This is all derivative of critical race theory.

Believers, proponents, and defenders of CRT argue the worldview helps identify areas where racial inequities exist and give policy makers and educators the tools to correct longstanding injustices.

“It’s an approach to grappling with a history of white supremacy that rejects the belief that what’s in the past is in the past, and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it,” scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw told Time last September. Crenshaw is one of the founding scholars of critical race theory.

But principles of CRT have been applied to make claims of structural oppression of other groups based on sexuality, gender, class, and disability.

“What critical race theory has done is lift up the racial gaze of America,” said John Powell, the director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the UC Berkeley. “It doesn’t stay within law, it basically says ‘look critically at any text or perspective and try to understand different perspectives that are sometimes drowned out.'”

Teaching CRT in schools

Critical race theory is not only taught at the university level. A survey taken after George Floyd’s death found that 81% of U.S. teachers support Black Lives Matter, with public schools in response seeking ways to “revamp” their history curriculums to focus on racial equity. Several U.S. schools had adopted curricula that uses the New York Times’ 1619 Project to teach American history with a focus on the legacy of slavery.

The public school system in Buffalo, New York, for example, has adopted a “woke” curriculum that involves showing kindergarteners a dramatized video of dead black children speaking to them from the grave about the dangers of being killed by “racist police and state-sanctioned violence.”

The mainstream promotion of critical race theory among the progressive left has inspired pushback from conservatives like Jett and other critics who say the theory distorts American history and promotes racist thinking. Former President Donald Trump denounced CRT as a “Marxist doctrine” that teaches that “America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression.” In an executive order, Trump banned the use of critical race theory as a part of diversity training in the federal government. President Joe Biden has since reversed Trump’s policy.

Jett’s bill would not ban discussions of racism, or significant historic events like the institution of slavery or the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, the single worst incident of racial violence in America. Instead, he hopes that school discussions on racial issues will occur as an honest dialogue about how people were wronged in the past, the progress America has made to correct those wrongs, and how America can continue to repudiate racism in the future instead of a blanket worldview that claims racism is inherent in white people.

“We are making tremendous progress,” Jett told TheBlaze. “I can see it in my military unit. I served 11 years as a Navy intelligence officer in the United States Navy. We were the complete spectrum of the rainbow, but guess what? We weren’t looking at the color of our skin. What we were looking at is making sure our warfighters overseas had the material that they needed, the information they needed so they could get home to their families, American families.”

He observed that the prevalence of discussions about critical race theory in America is itself evidence that America has made racial progress and that people are willing to have this debate.

“We are looking to have an honest conversation. We’re looking to make this a more perfect union, right? But what they promise and what they deliver are completely two different things. They say we’re gonna have a great discussion, we’re going to improve. But then when you start drilling down to what they’re actually teaching, they’re ignoring or even whitewashing, dare I say, our history and then telling us that we are fundamentally racist for being the color that we were born and that people of color are victims of those who are white.”

Senate Bill 803 has been assigned to the Education Committee in the state Senate, and while the bill has been endorsed by state House Speaker Charles McCall (R), Jett indicated that some Republican leaders on the committee were hesitant to advance his legislation.

“There’s a reluctance to take a stand on this because we get called a racist for wanting to have an honest dialogue,” Jett said. “I felt like someone needed to do something, and so I did.”

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In ‘woke’ new curriculum, Buffalo schools teach students ‘all white people’ perpetuate systemic racism and much more

The public school system in Buffalo, New York, has created a “woke” new educational curriculum based on radical critical race theory ideas, teaching students that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism,” according to documents provided by a whistleblower.

What are the details?

Writing in City Journal, filmmaker Christopher Rufo explains how over the last couple of years, Buffalo Public Schools has abandoned traditional educational concepts in favor of more up-to-the-minute pedagogies like “culturally responsive teaching,” “pedagogy of liberation,” “equity-based instructional strategies,” and an “emancipatory curriculum.”

Spearheading the new effort is Fatima Morell, who serves as the director of BPS’ Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. Morell reportedly describes the new curriculum using one word — “woke” — which she says means to be “critically conscious.”

According to lesson plans obtained by Rufo, beginning in kindergarten, students are made aware of systemic racism in America and are forced to watch a video that dramatizes dead black children speaking to them from the grave about the dangers of being killed by “racist police and state-sanctioned violence.”

In middle school and high school, students are taught that for black children there exists a “school-to-grave pipeline,” and that, as adults, “one million Black people are locked in cages.” Middle schoolers are also taught that American society was designed for the “impoverishment of people of color and enrichment of white people,” that white people are “unfairly rich” because of slavery, and that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”

“Often unconsciously, white elites work to perpetuate racism through politics, law, education, and the media,” the curriculum states, adding that “it is important that the public hold white elites accountable.”

As students approach graduation, they are reportedly called on to be voices for antiracism. In a lesson on “confronting whiteness in our classrooms,” teachers ask white students to identify and define their “white privilege” and to “use their voices” to combat racism.

Curriculum documents obtained by Fox News last year exposed how BPS required teachers to infuse their instruction with “Black Lives Matter” principles such as the “disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics” and the creation of a “queer-affirming network where heteronormative thinking no longer exists.”

What else?

According to a whistleblower within the school system, during a training session to instruct teachers about the new curriculum, Morell explained that America “is built on racism” and that all Americans have “implicit racial bias.” She further argued that, due to “America’s sickness,” whites are led to believe that blacks are “not human,” making it “easier to shoot someone in the back seven times if you feel like it.”

Rufo added that one veteran teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, described the training programs as a series of “scoldings, guilt-trips, and demands to demean oneself simply to make another feel ’empowered.'” The teacher reportedly said that they and other faculty were effectively required to submit to “manipulative mind games” and express support for Morell’s “radical politics,” or risk professional retaliation.

Anything else?

Rufo posted a lengthy Twitter thread showcasing several screen shots of the lesson plans he obtained, which can be viewed below:

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Simpsons recasts black character Dr. Hibbert because his voice actor was white

The wokening of “The Simpsons” continues, as another white voice actor will step down from his role voicing a minority character.

Harry Shearer, who has voiced the character of Dr. Hibbert since the long-running cartoon’s second season in 1990, will step away from his role and be replaced by a black voice actor, the Wrap reported Monday.

“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television, the studio that produces “The Simpsons,” said in a statement. “Next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’ will have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Dr. Hibbert — and from there on out he will voice the character.”

The recasting decision follows an announcement from “The Simpsons” last June that the show would no longer have white actors voice its characters with different skin colors. The decision was made after Black Lives Matter protests and Antifa riots erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death. At the time, “Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry announced he would no longer voice the black character Cleveland Brown on the show.

Shearer will continue to voice other roles on the show, such as Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, but Richardson will take over as Hibbert.

Shearer did not provide a comment to the Wrap but previously he has criticized the show for indulging the idea that a white voice actor cannot portray a character with a different skin color.

“I have a very simple belief about acting,” he told Times Radio last August. “The job of the actor is to play someone who they are not.”

Dr. Hibbert is not the first minority Simpsons character to be recast because of racial issues.

Last January, actor Hank Azaria stepped away from his longtime role as convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character that appears to be of Indian descent. The character was eventually written off the show entirely because of a documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu, which depicted Apu as a problematic stereotype that has had a detrimental impact on how Indian and Southeast Asian actors are treated in Hollywood.

“My eyes have been opened,” Azaria said of the documentary and the criticism surrounding it. “I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].”

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NYU ‘anti-racist’ survey asks students to identify as one or more of at least 30 genders

New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development asked students to identify as one of at least 30 genders in a survey to “help build a more affirming environment.”

The survey was created by Steinhard’s Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action and sent to students in February in order to “inform the School’s policies, promote anti-racist practice, and help build a more affirming School environment for all,” according to an email obtained by TheBlaze.

“This survey was designed by my office to understand everyone’s experiences and sense of belonging at the school,” said Director of Equity Initiatives Maria Ramirez in a Feb. 3 Facebook video. “The survey is completely confidential, and we’ll be using the data to inform our equity work in hopes of making Steinhardt a better place for everyone, especially our more vulnerable peers.”

Screenshots from the survey depicting a question asking students “with which gender(s) do you identify?” was first shared by David Reaboi on Twitter and later obtained by TheBlaze. The question has at least 30 responses ranging from “agender” to “polygender” and asks students to “select all that apply.”

Other questions ask students to rate how they feel about statements like, “Senior leadership shows a visible commitment to fair racial/social representation,” with responses ranging from “Strongly Do Not Believe” to “Strongly Believe” or “Unsure/Do Not Know.” Students were asked if within the last three or six months they’ve “heard/witnessed an NYU Steinhardt community member use a slur, epithet, or other disparaging statement” and how often.

Students were also asked to identify which “equity issues” are predominant in the NYU Steinhardt community, including hunger/food insecurity, mental health, racial bias/racism, childcare and parental leave, privilege, ability bias, economic disadvantage, religious intolerance, cliques/favoritism, linguistic discrimination, and homophobia.

The survey has a note on pronouns, clarifying that “When we say ‘I, me, my’ we refer to you and all of the identities you hold such as your gender identity/expression, race/ethnicity, skin color, sexuality, citizenship status, education level, age, and position on campus.”

“The Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action designed the survey in response to your requests for greater community transparency and collective goal setting, and with the purpose of understanding our community’s experiences and assessing our members’ sense of belonging,” the survey states at the beginning.

“All responses will be kept strictly confidential. We will use responses to inform our School’s equity agenda, shift policy and promote anti-racist practice, and help build a warmer and more affirming School environment for everyone, especially for more vulnerable community members.”

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LIVE NOW: Unmasking the OTHER Deadly Pandemic: What’s Killing Our Kids

There is an all-out assault on the social fabric of our country. The kids are NOT all right. In the name of “progress,” we’re destroying their minds with Marxist lies. In the name of “safety,” we’re destroying their souls by keeping them locked down.

On his Glenn TV special this week, Glenn Beck takes on the national suicide that the Left is committing by destroying our culture and way of life and how it’s also leading to actual suicide of our kids. Experts on the front lines expose how the lies of critical race theory are crippling our children’s future and provide tools for parents to fight back.

Finally, Glenn hears from a parent who tragically lost his teen son, who took his own life due to COVID isolation. He has a powerful message for parents, teachers, and politicians who he says are failing our kids.

Watch the special in full below:

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Tufts University promotes ‘Rooting Out Racism’ retreat for white Christians

Tufts University in Massachusetts recently promoted an event intended to help white Christians consider how their religious beliefs have sowed racial divisions as well as “root out” the racism within their own hearts.

What are the details?

The event, titled “Rooting Out Racism: An Online Retreat for White Christian Folks,” was listed on the university’s event page in December and originally marketed as a “retreat about white supremacy,” according to Campus Reform.

“The work of dismantling racism is first and foremost a spiritual task,” the event description says. “This task falls primarily to white folks, for America’s unjust systems of oppression were largely created by white people, and these systems are largely sustained — often unconsciously — by white people.”

The host, an organization called “Spiritual Grounding,” which appears to be unaffiliated with the school, stated in the first edition of the retreat’s description that its impetus was “the groundswell of activism and attention on racism in the weeks since George Floyd’s murder [which] highlighted once again the need for white folks to do their work.”

Spiritually Grounding appears to have since removed the opening paragraph and some other phrasing from the event’s webpage, but not before Campus Reform was able to capture screenshots now included in the news outlet’s report.

In the original description, Spiritual Grounding asks “white people to search their souls” and to “understand how Christianity has contributed to racial inequity” as part of the virtual retreat.

It now states, “This 10-day, pray-at-your-own-pace online retreat is made up of daily streaming audio reflections and prayer prompts that invite white people to search their souls, understand how we got here, and prayerfully consider how we find our way forward.”

“You will be guided by an ecumenical group of Christian leaders and teachers … to spend 20-30 minutes in daily prayer over the course of a week and a half using Ignatian wisdom and spiritual practices to help you repent, lament, and uproot racism from both your own heart and from the world,” the description says.

What else?

The event is another example of how Critical Race Theory, an analytical framework that purports that Western institutions are inherently racist, has infiltrated American academia.

Speaking with Campus Reform, National Association of Scholars spokesman Chance Layton argued that while American Christianity can study its past and consider some of its cultural failings, it can do so without falling prey to CRT dogma.

“I believe American Christianity has a place to acknowledge its past, distance itself from the theology that upheld slavery and segregation as a natural right, and have a seat at the table today. It can do that without dabbling in the cult of Critical Race Theory,” Layton said.

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Conservative underdog takes ‘MARXIST’ critical race theory to court after Biden reverses Trump’s ban

In one of his first executive orders, President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration’s ban on critical race theory training within the federal government.

Christopher F. Rufo, director for the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined BlazeTV’s Glenn Beck to discuss what this means moving forward and how you can help defend America’s values in your local governments, businesses, and schools.

Rufo, whose research inspired former President Donald Trump’s ban on critical race theory training in federal agencies last year, said he’s gearing up for a classic David vs. Goliath underdog fight and taking this “Marxist takeover” to the courts, where he’s optimistic it’ll be ruled not only anti-American, but outright unlawful.

“We’re going to wage decentralized, relentless, legal warfare against critical race theory in every American institution, and really flood the zone in the courts,” Rufo said. “I think that when we get up, hopefully, to the Supreme Court, I’m confident that we’ll win because this stuff is just so toxic, it’s so divisive, it’s so harmful. I have faith that at the end of the day, the folks within the judiciary — and even the court of public opinion — will be on our side.”

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Report: California elementary school instructs third-graders to rank themselves based on their ‘power and privilege’

A California elementary school is pushing critical race theory on third-grade students, according to a new report. A teacher at an elementary school in Cupertino allegedly instructed third-graders to rank themselves based on their “power and privilege” during a math lesson.

A third-grade teacher at the R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School “told the eight- and nine-year-old students that they live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian[s]’ who ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power,'” according to Christopher F. Rufo, contributing editor of City Journal. The students live in a city where 67% of the population is Asian-American and the median household income is $171,917.

Based on reported whistleblower documents and testimonials from parents “familiar with the session,” the teacher read from “This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work,” which is rated appropriate for children ages 11+, according to Common Sense Media.

A summary of the book from the Olathe Public Library states:

This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It’s for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves; because the colour of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folx feel scared and threatened. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.

Rufo wrote in the City Journal, “Students learned that ‘those with privilege have power over others’ and that ‘folx who do not benefit from their social identities, who are in the subordinate culture, have little to no privilege and power.'”

“As an example, the reading states that ‘a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman,” the report stated.

The R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School teacher allegedly pushed the “principle of intersectionality” on the young children and claimed that those who don’t hold power are oppressed.

The educator purportedly commanded the students to create an “identity map,” where the children listed their “race, class, gender, religion, family structure, and other characteristics.” The teacher then instructed the third-graders to “circle the identities that hold power and privilege” on their identity maps, according to the report. Then the students were allegedly told to rank their “traits according to the hierarchy.”

Rufo said he spoke to some of the parents of children who were being taught critical race theory. A parent who grew up in China compared critical race theory to the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

“[It divides society between] the oppressor and the oppressed, and since these identities are inborn characteristics people cannot change, the only way to change it is via violent revolution,” the parent said. “Growing up in China, I had learned it many times. The outcome is the family will be ripped apart; husband hates wife, children hate parents. I think it is already happening here.”

“We were shocked,” one anonymous parent told Rufo.

“They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old,” said an Asian-American parent, who reportedly “rallied a group of a half-dozen families to protest the school’s intersectionality curriculum.”

The parents who were against the “woke” lesson plans reportedly met with the school’s administration. “The administration agreed to suspend the program,” the report stated. “When reached for comment, Jenn Lashier, the principal of Meyerholz Elementary, said that the training was not part of the ‘formal curricula, but the process of daily learning facilitated by a certified teacher.'”

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Glenn Beck: This is the REAL Raphael Warnock and our new ‘national religion’

Multiple news outlets have called one of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections for the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

So, on the radio show Wednesday, Glenn Beck looked into what this “radical preacher” has been saying in the past — and what he’ll likely bring to the U.S. Senate in the future.

“Warnock is in one of the most influential and powerful stages of the country. And I use the word ‘stage’ intentionally,” Glenn said. “It’s the pulpit. He’s the guy who says, if you voted for Donald Trump, well, you’re a sinner.”

Glenn introduced a video clip in which Warnock asserts:

If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral, needs to repent. I know, no matter what happens next month, more than a third of the nation that would go along with this, has reason to be afraid. America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness!

“So, (according to Warnock) you should be afraid,” Glenn said. “Oh, and whiteness is evil. And, somehow or another, America has been worshiping whiteness … see, critical race theory is now our new national religion.”

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Report: Massachusetts school bans ‘The Odyssey’ as progressives demand purge of classics

A Massachusetts school has reportedly removed “The Odyssey” from its English curriculum as progressive education activists and critical race theory ideologues seek to “disrupt texts” by purging material they deem objectionable from classrooms.

Meghan Cox Gurdon, in an opinion column for the Wall Street Journal, wrote about a “sustained effort” by “critical-theory ideologues, schoolteachers and Twitter agitators” to “deny children access to literature.” These activists object to classic texts, such as Homer’s Odyssey or Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” because they allege such texts may teach “racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate.”

“The subtle complexities of literature are being reduced to the crude clanking of ‘intersectional’ power struggles,” Gurdon wrote.

She quoted from an article by young-adult novelist Padma Venkatraman published in the School Library Journal, that claims “challenging old classics is the literary equivalent of replacing statues of racist figures.”

“[E]xposing young people to stories in which racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate are the norm may sow seeds of bias that can grow into indifference or prejudice,” Venkatraman wrote.

“Racism in classics can’t be negated merely by alerting young readers to its presence,” she continued. “Unless we have the time, energy, attention, expertise, and ability to foster nuanced conversations in which even the shyest readers feel empowered to engage if they choose, we may hurt, not help. Pressuring readers of color to speak up also removes free choice and can be harmful.”

She further claimed, “Insisting on exposing diverse children to racist classics in which they see characters like themselves demeaned, or, at best, entirely excluded, is not just insensitive, but downright cruel,” but she does not advocate banning classic texts from the classroom.

“I’m not advocating we ban classics. Or erase the past. Classics are undoubtedly examples of excellent writing, or they wouldn’t have survived the test of time. I’m just suggesting we study classics in social studies classrooms, where inherent ideas of inequity are exposed and examined,” Venkatraman clarifies.

However, Gurdon’s column provided examples of other activists that indeed want to outright ban classics.

Ninth-grade English teacher Heather Levine, who works for Lawrence Public Schools in Massachusetts, celebrated the fact that “The Odyssey” was removed from the school curriculum in response to a tweet calling the epic poem about the Greek mythological hero Odysseus “trash.”

Gurdon contacted Levine to confirm that the school banned the Odyssey, but was told her inquiry was “invasive.” The English Department chairman of Lawrence Public Schools did not return Gurdon’s multiple requests for comment.

Seattle English teacher Evin Shinn in 2018 tweeted that he’d “rather die” than teach “The Scarlet Letter” in class.

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Elite NYC school suffering ‘race meltdown’ over ‘extreme’ anti-racist demands: report

The Dalton School, an elite school in New York City, is reportedly experiencing a “race meltdown” over anti-racist demands by teachers that some are calling “extreme” and “insane.”

The Dalton School is an elite K-12 preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that has an exorbitant tuition of $54,180, but also prides itself on being extremely progressive. Jim Best, the head of the school, declared that he has “committed Dalton to becoming a visibly, vocally, structurally anti-racist institution.”

The school’s website has a “Commitment to Anti-Racism” page, where it outlines it’s “anti-racism vision.” The objectives include: “All Dalton students will have a deep historical understanding of racial and structural inequities in the U.S., and particularly the history of anti-black racism.”

Despite the prep school already committed to anti-racism, the teachers at the Dalton School are allegedly demanding the institution be even more committed to anti-racism. The New York Post reported on the eight-page “anti-racist manifesto signed by dozens of faculty members with a sweeping list of demands.”

The purported demands, some based on critical race theory, include:

  • Hiring 12 full-time diversity officers, and multiple psychologists to support students “coping with race-based traumatic stress.”
  • Assigning a staffer dedicated to black students who have “complaints or face disciplinary action,” and a full-time advocate to help black kids “navigate a predominantly white institution.”
  • Paying the student debt of black staffers upon hiring them.
  • Requiring courses that focus on “Black liberation” and “challenges to white supremacy.”
  • Compensating any student of color who appears in Dalton promotional material.
  • Abolishing high-level academic courses by 2023 if the performance of black students is not on par with non-blacks.
  • Requiring “anti-racism” statements from all staffers.
  • Overhauling the entire curriculum, reading lists and student plays to reflect diversity and social justice themes.
  • Divesting from companies that “criminalize or dehumanize” black people, including private prisons and tech firms that manufacture police equipment or weapons.
  • Donating 50 percent of all fundraising dollars to NYC public schools if Dalton is not representative of the city in terms of gender, race, socioeconomic background, and immigration status by 2025.

Colin Wright, managing editor Quillette, posted some of the demands on Twitter. He wrote, “The Dalton School in Manhattan is having a race meltdown. Teachers are holding the school for ransom with demands, but they’re so extreme the school will crumble if they give in. But they’ll crumble if they don’t, too!”

Naked Dollar writer Scott Johnston, who first revealed the alleged manifesto, said, “Dalton’s teachers are refusing to come back” until the demands are met.

The Post spoke to parents of children who attend the elite school.

“My ancestors experienced white supremacy by being slaughtered,” a Jewish parent reportedly said. “The idea that being white automatically means you are privileged or a white supremacist is ridiculous. My child comes from people who had to fight for everything they got. It’s just about skin color now.”

Earlier this year, the pricey school received pushback from parents who were unsatisfied with the school’s remote education during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dalton School went to all-digital instruction until at least mid-year. Approximately 70 parents signed a petition to open the school, which stated, “Zoom-school is not Dalton.”

“We are, in short, frustrated and confused and better hope to understand the school’s thought processes behind the virtual model it has adopted,” a letter from parents to the school reads, according to Bloomberg. “Please tell us what are the criteria for re-opening fully in person. Covid-19 is not going away and waiting for that to happen is misguided.”

The Dalton School is known for its famous alumni such as Anderson Cooper, Christian Slater, and Claire Danes. The school is also where Jeffrey Epstein was hired as a teacher by former headmaster Donald Barr, father of former United States Attorney General William Barr.

In November, journalist Megyn Kelly announced that she had pulled her two sons from a “woke, far-left” elite NYC prep school that planned to implement an extreme racial social justice agenda.

“It’s so out of control on so many levels, and after years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city,” she said on “The Megyn Kelly Show.” “We pulled our boys from their school, and our daughter is going to be leaving hers soon, too. The schools have always been far left, which doesn’t align with my own ideology, but I didn’t really care. Most of my friends are liberals; it’s fine. I come from Democrats as a family.”

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Dave Rubin slams critical race theory as ‘absolutely racist propaganda,’ says Trump’s new EO responds to the left’s ‘overreach’

BlazeTV host Dave Rubin blasted critical race theory as “absolutely racist propaganda,” saying President Donald Trump’s recently announced executive order to reform how schools teach U.S. history is a response to the left’s overreach.

Rubin, the author of “Don’t Burn This Book,” appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning where he was asked to respond to the president’s announcement of the development of a “pro-America curriculum” for schools and subsequent left-wing critics deriding the president’s initiative as propaganda.

“It’s really bizarre seeing some of the push back on this where people are saying, oh, if you teach young people to be patriotic that that somehow is propaganda,” Rubin said. “Yet, these are the same people that have no problem as our young people are being taught critical race theory, which absolutely is racist propaganda, and are being taught about the 1619 Project.”

“Even one of the originators of the 1619 Project admitted that it’s not fully fact-based,” he added.

President Trump delivered a speech Thursday at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., announcing a new executive order to promote “patriotic education” in schools.

“We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country,” the president said, denouncing curricula based on critical race theory and the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which claims that America was founded on slavery, as “toxic propaganda.”

“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said. “The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.”

Rubin agreed with Trump’s assessment.

“The idea that America was founded on slavery is an absolutely crazy idea. We actually fought a war to end slavery. We’ve brought more people here to share in our success than any other country in the history of the nation,” Rubin said.

“The idea that we’d be teaching people, hopefully proper history to be proud of America — I don’t want young people to be taught propaganda — but I want them to be proud of the country because this is a great country. It was founded on incredible principles and it’s a shining beacon to the rest of the world that you can be free and take charge of your life. And we should be teaching that,” Rubin continued.

The president’s executive order will establish the 1776 Commission to create guidelines that the president says will teach that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting.”

Rubin said the president’s executive order is only necessary because progressives struck first in the culture wars.

“If the Left hadn’t overreached so much, if they hadn’t gone so far off the rails in the last couple years, then Trump wouldn’t need to do this,” Rubin said. “So they’re very upset at Trump right now for trying to inject something pro-America into our curriculum, yet it’s their move to inject all of this stuff that actually is racist. Again, critical race theory is racist, and they’re the ones that injected it and now he’s the counter-measure.”

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Trump slams 1619 project and critical race theory as ‘ideological poison,’ announces executive order to reform how schools teach U.S. history

President Donald Trump defended the legacy of the American founding and denounced “cancel culture,” Critical Race Theory, and the New York Times’ 1619 Project as “toxic propaganda” in a speech on Thursday announcing a new executive order to reform how schools teach United States History.

The executive order will establish the “1776 Commission,” a national commission to promote “patriotic education.”

The president delivered his remarks at the White House Conference on American History, held at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Constitution Day. He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and a panel of scholars and historians, led by Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, who spoke at length about the state of America’s public school system and the progressive curricula that teaches students to view America’s founding in contempt and her history as shameful.

“Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” Trump said. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”

The president praised America’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as a “glorious inheritance.”

“On this very day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was the fulfillment of 1,000 years of Western Civilization,” Trump said. “Our Constitution was the product of centuries of tradition, wisdom, and experience. No political document has done more to advance the human condition or propel the engine of progress.”

Shifting to speak about the violent leftist and anarchist mobs that are tearing down statues in the United States, the president warned of a “radical movement” attempting to “demolish this treasured and precious inheritance.”

“These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations,” Trump said. “Whether it is the mob in the street or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: To silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.

“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” the president continued.

Trump connected the modern Left’s violence and anti-American iconoclasm to “decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”

He took particular aim at the “totally discredited” New York Times’ 1619 Project, an effort by NYT journalists to re-tell the American story with slavery and racism as the primary motivating force for all of American history, arguing “anti-black racism runs in the very DNA” of America. The project has been criticized by historians as “anti-historical,” “one-sided,” and just plain “wrong.”

He also called out Critical Race Theory as a “Marxist doctrine” that teaches that “America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression.”

“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said. “The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.”

In September, President Trump ordered the defunding of “un-American propaganda” in government, placing a ban on training programs in government agencies that teach concepts from Critical Race Theory. The memo announcing the ban characterized the training as “divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.”

“Today, I am also pleased to announce that I will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education, it will be called the 1776 Commission,” Trump declared.

The commission will “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding.”

Schools will be encouraged to teach that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting,” Trump said.

“The only path to unity is through our shared identity as Americans,” Trump said. “That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education in our schools.”

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Breaking: Trump orders defunding of ‘un-American propaganda’ teaching white privilege and critical race theory at federal agencies

The Trump administration plans to ban training programs at government agencies that teach that the United States is inherently racist, including concepts of “white privilege” and “critical race theory.”

The announcement was made in a memorandum released late on Friday by Russell Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” the memo read.

“Accordingly, to that end, the Office of Management and Budget will shortly issue more detailed guidance on implementing the President’s directive,” he continued.

“In the meantime, all agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil,” the memo read. “In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.”

The plan is sure to draw much criticism and ire from those on the left who have made white privilege and critical race theory an essential part of their political agenda.

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Trump’s Democratic presidential opponent even faced accusations of white privilege when Charlamagne Tha God, the influential black talk radio show host, hurled racial claims against the candidate in July.

“Joe Biden fumbles all the time, because Joe Biden suffers from old white male entitlement,” said the host.

“Where he can’t simply say, ‘I was wrong,’ or he can’t simply say, ‘I’m sorry,’ or he can’t simply say, ‘hey I thought this way at one time, but now I think a different way,’ instead of him admitting that some of the things that he actually did was wrong,” he concluded.

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‘Get out now!’: Anonymous whistleblower reveals SHOCKING teacher-training mandated by California schools

An anonymous California teacher says she was shocked when she learned her mandated training would include material based on Karl Marx’s “Critical Race Theory,” which argues that data, facts, and the scientific method are exemplary of “whiteness” and are “inherently racist.”

She joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to reveal the details and provide documentation of the Marxist training teachers in her school district are required to complete.

“A couple weeks ago, the week before school starts, we have a training. And I know this is a training on race,” explained the teacher, who had her voice disguised in fear of retaliation from her union. “So, I open up the training [document] and right across the top, it says ‘Critical Race Theory.’

“Glenn, I wanted to quit on the spot,” she said. “Or go on a crusade. Or text all my friends about public schools, ‘Get out now!'”

She told Glenn the training was endorsed by the California Department of Education, the California School Board Association, the Association of California School Administrators, the Bay Area schools, and the California Conservation Corps among others. She also shared the training document, which you can read here.

“I did my own research online and I found out [Critical Race Theory] was founded by Karl Marx. Red flag! Red flag!” the teacher explained. “It states that facts, data, and the scientific method are ‘white concepts’. So, if you use facts and data to disprove an argument against a black person or an oppressed person, you are proving you are racist because, again, facts and data are, quote, the result of whiteness.”

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