World Black mother slams critical race theory at Florida school board meeting: 'Not teaching the truth'
Critical race theory: Diverse group of mothers from across the country speak out
"Critical race theory," the phrase that has captured headlines and driven news cycles, was once relegated to the halls of academia. But as CRT and its associated ideas have spread to school districts, so went the demographics of people debating its implications. Ideas related to CRT have featured prominently in controversial materials that pose what mothers see as a very real threat to their children's futures. Despite the controversy being painted by some as manufactured, the battle over CRT has thrust a long list of concerned parents into the public square.
A Black mother slammedon Thursday, telling the Board of Education that it was teaching hate and ruining the "greatest country in the world."
"Just coming off of May 31, marking the 100 years [since] the Tulsa riots, it is sad that we are even contemplating something like critical race theory, where children will be separated by their skin color and deemed permanently oppressors or oppressed in 2021," said mom Keisha King.
King's comments came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the school board to pass a rule banning CRT and associated ideas in schools.
"That is not teaching the truth," King added, "unless you believe that Whites are better than Blacks."
Critical Race Theory: These states are already cracking down on the controversial concept
Critical Race Theory is a controversial philosophy – a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as a Marxist, anti-American and neo-racist. It’s either "a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against White people," according to a recent article in Education Week. "CRT seeks to diminish the reality that we are all unique and precious in God’s eyes," Melody Clarke of Heritage Action for America told Fox News Friday.
She went on to dispute the idea that CRT was "racial sensitivity or simply teaching unfavorable American history or teaching Jim Crow history."
"CRT," she said, "is deeper and more dangerous than that. CRT and its outworking today is a teaching that there's a hierarchy in society where White male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed."
"That's why we see corporations like Coca-Cola asking their employees to be less White, which is ridiculous. I don't know about you, but telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are Black is racist – and saying that White people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well. This is not something that we can stand for in our country."
Nevada Family Alliance Wants Teachers to Wear Body Cameras to Keep Critical Race Theory Out of Schools
"If police do a better job interacting with the public when they are wearing body cameras, how much more important is it for teachers to do the same?" the Nevada Family Alliance asked."Creating a record that could be viewed by appropriate parties, if necessary, might be the best way to urge teachers to stick to traditional teaching," Karen England, executive director and founder of the Nevada Family Alliance, said in a statement released on Wednesday.
"And don't take it from me. Look at the writers of these types of publications. Our ancestors – White, Black, and others – hung, bled, and died right alongside each other to push America towards that more perfect union. If this continues, we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest country in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies."
Video: Florida Board of Education bans critical race theory from school curriculums (FOX News)
On Thursday, the board approved DeSantis' rule. It reads: "Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."
Virginia parents sue school district over alleged racial discrimination, free speech violations
The controversy over "equity" is coming to a head in Loudoun County where parents are suing administrators over initiatives that allegedly chill free speech and discriminate on the basis of race.The controversy over "equity" is accelerating in Loudoun County where parents are suing administrators over initiatives that allegedly chill free speech and discriminate based on race.
The rule came as part of a broader push by DeSantis and other Republicans to eliminate what they say are manifestations ofin schools. DeSantis' office told Fox News that the rule excludes the term "critical race theory" because "CRT isn't the only issue."
Arguments about CRT in history tend to revolve around assertions in the "1619 Project," a controversial piece that argues the institution of slavery was the nation's true founding. According to its author, it also casts doubt on how U.S. history has traditionally been taught by emphasizing slavery's influence on American society.
In a, author Nikole Hannah Jones plainly stated that her project was intended to be supplemental to standard curriculum and that it was intentionally making an argument about how to view U.S. history.
Critics of anti-CRT measures have expressed concern that Republicans are forcing teachers to whitewash some of the injustices perpetrated against minorities in the U.S.
House Republican demands West Point cease critical race theory trainings to military cadets
Republican Rep. Mike Waltz is demanding that U.S. Military Academy West Point stop teaching cadets critical race theory, calling the teachings "divisive," "destructive," and "unacceptable" for the future leaders of the U.S. military. In a letter to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, obtained by Fox News Wednesday, Waltz, R-Fla.
Andrew Spar, who serves as president of Florida's teachers' union,that "students deserve the best education we can provide, and that means giving them a true picture of their world and our shared history as Americans. Hiding facts doesn't change them."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the union agreed with conservatives' insistence on teaching key documents like the Declaration of Independence but also wanted those that "reflect a more diverse America than are represented in our founding documents."
Gregory Sampson, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, said: I don’t think the governor and his fellow Republicans really understand what critical race theory does."
He added: "It's not a criticism. It's a critique, a way of looking at how history has unfolded."
Bat’s all, folks! Or maybe not. The evolution of the Wuhan lab theory from fringe to Fauci .
The origin of COVID-19 is once again in the spotlight, as the theory it was leaked from a lab gains momentum.The theory always existed, with Australian officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) stressing it was a slim possibility with no solid conclusions on the virus’s origin drawn, calling for further investigations.