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A member of the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party condemned the teaching of radical ideologies in British schools during a bold government speech.
Member of Parliament Kemi Badenoch, the British Equalities Minister, called out the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory in a speech on the floor of the House of Commons, declaring that schools teaching on them are essentially “breaking the law.”
“Our curriculum does not need decolonizing, for the simple reason that it is not colonized,” Badenoch explained in her remarks during a Commons debate on Black History Month.
“We should not apologize for the fact that British children primarily study the history of these islands, and it goes without saying that the recent fad to decolonize maths, decolonize engineering, decolonize the sciences that we’ve seen across our universities to make race the defining principle of what is studied is not just misguided but actively opposed to the fundamental purpose of education,” she said, responding to the movement to adjust curriculum so certain children are not made to “feel inferior” to others because of race.
“What we are against is the teaching of contested political ideas as if they are accepted fact,” Badenoch told colleagues in her strong speech.
“We don’t do this with communism, we don’t do this with socialism, we don’t do it with capitalism — and I want to speak about a dangerous trend in race relations that has come far too close to home to my life, and it’s the promotion of Critical Race Theory, an ideology that sees my blackness as victimhood and their whiteness as oppression,” the conservative, who was born in Wimbledon to parents of Nigerian origin, said.
“I want to absolutely clear,” she continued. “This government stand unequivocally against Critical Race Theory.”
Targeting the Black Lives Matter movement, Badenoch contended that some schools “have decided to openly support the anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter group, often fully aware that they have a statutory duty to be politically impartial.”
“Black lives do matter, of course they do,” the minister acknowledged, before making a distinction.
“But we know that the Black Lives Matter movement — capital B.L.M. — is political. I know this, because at the height of the protests, I have been told of white Black Lives Matter protesters calling — and I’m afraid … I apologize for saying this word — calling a black armed police officer guarding downing street a ‘pet n*****,” she continued.
“That is why we do not endorse that movement on this side of the House,” Badenoch asserted.
“It is a political movement, and what would be nice, would be for members on the opposite side to condemn many of the actions that we see this political movement, instead of pretending that it is completely wholesome anti-racist organization, that there is a lot of pernicious stuff that is being pushed and we stand against that,” she told her MP colleagues.
“We do not want to see teachers teaching their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt. And let me be clear: any school which teaches these elements of Critical Race Theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law, she declared.
Badenoch explained why the issue had personal relevance in her own life.
“But why does this issue mean so much to me? It is not just because I’m a first generation immigrant, it is because my daughter came home from school this month and said ‘we’re learning Black History Month because every other month is about white history,” she said.
“This is wrong and this is not what our children should be picking up,” she concluded. “These are not the values I have taught her.”
The minister, who has been a Member of Parliament since 2017, inspired many on social media with her no-nonsense speech.
Brilliant speech 👏👏👏
— Andy (@learnanduse) October 20, 2020
Just wow. This gives me hope – and I need all I can get at the moment!
— Ginny (@GinnyASimpson) October 21, 2020
This clip should be played in every school staff room tomorrow morning
— Graham Wigley (@Wigs6) October 20, 2020
Can we get her hear to give this same speech to Congress and anyone else who needs to hear it?
— ReattaMeatta (@RMeatta) October 21, 2020
Can we have more like MP Kemi Badenoch in Congress please?
— Akira Enders (@akira_enders) October 21, 2020
The pendulum swings! 🙏🙏👏👏
— PugLady (@pugsnotdrugs_9) October 21, 2020
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