Students in the Buffalo, New York school district are being subjected to highly controversial materials blaming white people for “perpetuating systemic racism” among other materials, according to a whistleblower.
The training and student materials were highlighted anew earlier this week after Chris Rufo, a researcher with the Discovery Institute who has been tracking the spread of so-called “critical race theory” curriculum in public schools, in government, and in the private sector, reported the whistleblower’s remarks, according to Fox News.
Rufo said that the whistleblower told him Dr. Fatima Morell, the district’s associate superintendent for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives, is engaged in the promotion of “radical politics.”
That has taken the form of “scoldings, guilt-trips, and demands to demean oneself simply to make another feel ‘empowered,’” the whistleblower, who was described by Rufo as a veteran teacher, said.
The curriculum includes materials instructing students to believe the claim that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”
Previously, reports noted that the Buffalo school district had adopted “Black Lives Matter” materials that encouraged students to distrust traditional nuclear families.
In September, Rufo told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the materials involving critical race theory were becoming pervasive within the federal government. “What I have discovered is that critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy and is now being weaponized against the American people,” he said then.
Additional curriculum obtained by Carlson from the Buffalo Public Schools’ Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives directs teachers to talk about “guiding principles” with students that include “Black Villages” aimed at “the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of each other.”
The district reportedly removed the curriculum from online last year.
The veteran teacher from Buffalo relayed to Rufo similar findings that he has seen around the country as school districts have increasingly adopted the alleged “anti-racist” curriculum.
Earlier in February, Fox News also reported that the Oregon Department of Education had begun to promote a program instructing teachers to dismantle “racism in mathematics.” That concept maintains there is a perpetuation of white supremacy through the focus on discovering the correct answer to math problems.
In September, Rufo told Carlson that backers of critical race theory have “abandoned the core American principles of equality under the law, of judging individuals as individuals on their merits, and they are now adopting this radical left ideology of judging people from their group identity.”
That said, there is a concerted effort to push back on the curriculum and the disruptive ideology behind it.
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham earlier this month, Dr. Carol McSwain, a former political science professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities, said the curriculum generally is destructive to the country.
“It doesn’t help black people. It doesn’t help white people. It doesn’t help America,” she said. “And I would strongly encourage everyone who cares about education to go to the Black Lives Matter website and learn more about them and their principles because there’s nothing there that advances our society in a way that’s beneficial.”
There is also a concerted legal effort to disrupt the spread of critical race theory.
Last month after President Joe Biden was inaugurated and signed an executive action reversing former President Donald Trump’s order banning instruction of critical race theory in the federal government, Rufo announced the formation of the Stop Critical Race Theory coalition, a group of conservative organizations and civil rights law firms that will file legal challenges to stop what they believe is racist “indoctrination.”
“Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life. It divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, racial stereotyping, and race-based segregation—all under a false pursuit of ‘social justice,’” Rufo wrote in a press release.
“Critical race theory training programs have become commonplace in academia, government, and corporate life, where they have sought to advance the ideology through cult-like indoctrination, intimidation, and harassment,” he added.