- The Washington Times
Thursday, July 8, 2021

OPINION:

Parents all over the country are rightly outraged that their children are being taught Critical Race Theory in the classroom, with grassroots movements to recall school boards and FOIA curriculums occurring from Loudoun County, Virginia to San Diego, California.

CRT, a poisonous doctrine that separates children by color, teaching Whites are the oppressors and Blacks are the oppressed, was never meant to be taught in grade schools. It was first introduced at Law Schools, for collegiate students to view different laws and institutions through the lens of race. The problem with bringing it into grade schools is there aren’t enough teachers properly trained in the field to teach it, and instead, they’re using it as a framework to bring their own political agenda into the classrooms to indoctrinate our youth.


For example, students in grades three to six at the Anderson School in New York City, are being forced to read the junior edition of the book “Stamped,” which calls mathematics a “racist weapon,” and villainizes Abraham Lincoln. Middle-school teachers in the Oregon Department of Education were sent a tool kit telling them not to focus on children getting the right answers in class or to make them show their work in solving math problems because that’s considered “white-supremacy culture.”

Progressives, who have coyly tried to introduce race-based teachings in our nation’s public schools, and the teachers’ unions who support them, are outraged parents are fighting back. The media, who let’s face it, are an arm of the Democratic Party, are also trying to smear parents concerned about this indoctrination as uneducated, or worse, racist bigots.

It’s a move that’s surely going to backfire. For this movement isn’t a “right-wing conspiracy,” the spreading of “misinformation” brought to you by Fox News, or a fringe group of QAnon subscribers trying to co-opt the narrative, it’s an uprising by concerned parents of every race and color in every socioeconomic class all across America.

In Southlake, Texas, anti-CRT candidates won the mayoralty and swept the city council and school board. In Loudoun County – which voted for President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton – parents are suing the school’s administrators and are trying to recall six of its nine school board members. And some of the most passionate school board speeches against CRT have come from minorities.

“Telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are black is racist,” Quisha King in Duval County, Florida argued.

“How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?” questioned Illinois father Ty Smith, in a school board meeting that was captured on camera and went viral. “How’d I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down?”

Yet, these are the facts those in the teachers’ unions, the progressive left and in the media want to ignore. Instead, they’re trying to frame the entire grass-roots movement as a made-up culture war brought to you by Trump supporters.

In a speech Tuesday, the American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was aghast that “culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as CRT to try to make it toxic,” and are “bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching student’s accurate history.”

The National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in America, sent out a newsletter tying those who oppose CRT to QAnon conspiracists. 

“Is QAnon Radicalizing your School Board,” the article questioned, continuing, “Online conspiracy theorists are winning local elections, giving them a voice in choosing curriculum, staffing police departments and more.”

Oh, the horror.

Quickly, NBC News picked up on the story, publishing an article: “QAnon’s new ‘plan’? Run for school board.” Adding, “In the wake of Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat many QAnon followers have hatched a plan to run for school board or local office, spreading the gospel of Q, but don’t call it QAnon.”

As evidence for its claim, NBC used Drake Wuertz, a parent in Seminole County, Florida, who decided to run for the local school board on an anti-CRT platform. When reached for comment, he categorically denied being a QAnon member.

“I can tell you that I 100% don’t subscribe to Q theories,” Mr. Wuertz told NBC. However, his rebuttal didn’t matter. For according to NBC, if you oppose CRT you automatically get classified as a Q member. The NEA told them so, after all.

This week, CNN ran a lengthy segment on CRT, mocking parents who oppose it as uninformed and uneducated, saying they have been indoctrinated by Fox News “propaganda.” 

Media trust is already at an all-time low. Faith in teachers’ unions – once an unassailable body – has withered after a year of refusing to return to work. And the illusion of a moderate Democrat has been eroded by President Joe Biden’s thoroughly progressive agenda.

Blasting parents as white nationalists for opposing CRT is only going to hasten their decline.


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