Critics are calling the Biden Department of Education’s proposal that would force taxpayers to fund the incorporation of Critical Race Theory into American classroom curriculums “dangerous.”
The rule in question would divert federal grant money to assist schools in teaching the New York Times’ contested “1619 Project” that was written by essayist Nikole Hannah-Jones as well as Boston University Director of the Center for Anti-Racist Research Director Ibram Kendi’s book on “How to Be an Anti-Racist.”
According to the National Archives’ Federal Register, those who receive the grants must “take into account systemic marginalization, biases, inequities, and discriminatory policy and practice in American history; incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives and perspectives on the experience of individuals with disabilities; Encourage students to critically analyze the diverse perspectives of historical and contemporary media and its impacts; Support the creation of learning environments that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students; and contribute to inclusive, supportive, and identity-safe learning environments.”
Public comments on the issue must be received by May 19 according to the Federal Register.
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The 1619 Project has come under heavy fire for claiming that America came into being to preserve slavery.
In his controversial book, Kendi claims that “the only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
Two Republican lawmakers are taking a stand against the push by the DOE. Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC) wrote and sent a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona petitioning him to urge the Biden administration to rethink the grants.
“It is therefore counterproductive and even dangerous to allow our vulnerable school children to be taught the falsehoods prevalent in the 1619 Project or in Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist,” they stated in the letter.
“This book is antithetical to the American Dream…Moreover, the 1619 Project is a racially divisive revisionist account of history which intends to ‘reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation’s foundational date.’ The 1619 Project is in fundamental opposition to our true foundation date in 1776,” they posited.
Lamborn told Fox News: “Our schools obviously have a crucial role to play in helping make students aware of the negative consequences of slavery and significant contributions of Black Americans. However, we should never prioritize educational grants for schools that promote attacks on the principles enshrined in our Constitution.”
Parents, cities, and states across the nation are fighting to keep Critical Race Theory out of their children’s classrooms.
Radio host Dana Loesch, who resides in Texas, stated on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that parents are just beginning to come together to fight back against the increasingly “nasty” movement in her school district to implement Critical Race Theory.
“It’s gotten so nasty that progressive activists have taken to naming private citizens and sending out mailers,” she noted.
The “cultural competence” programming started back in 2018 after students were caught chanting racial slurs.
“Kids on social media said something stupid and they did something that I think would violate their Christian character and I think is immoral,” Loesch commented. “I look at racism and bigotry as a moral failing. At the same time, I also agree with Voddie Baucham who says, ‘You can’t keep sending your kids to Caesar and be shocked when they come home as Romans.'”
“This didn’t begin out of academic curiosity,” she remarked. “This began because some teenagers said something bad which they asked forgiveness for on Tik Tok and apparently we used someone’s worst moments in life to completely slight their entire life.”
“And the school and a lot of very far-left Marxist activists decided to exploit this as a way to implement Critical Race Theory education… And they expect parents to pay for it. We’re talking six figures,” she stated.
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On Monday in Idaho, the Senate passed “nondiscrimination” legislation to ban schools from forcing students to “personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to” Critical Race Theory in their classrooms.
According to Fox News: “HB 377 aims to prevent schools and universities from teaching students of certain demographics that are inferior or superior to other students or that they are “inherently responsible for 41 actions committed in the past” by other members of the same demographics.”
The bill passed in a 28-7 vote. It would also “prohibit the expenditure of moneys for certain purposes” that are related to the bill.
“This bill is Idaho’s statement that we will not tolerate discrimination and we are reserving education policy and curricular choices to the state and local institutions and schools,” state Republican Rep. Wendy Horman proclaimed on Monday.
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