An interracial couple from Oak Park, Ill., said critical race theory “hurts” people of color and its inclusion in the local school district’s curriculum takes time away from more important subjects necessary for students to achieve success.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Chicago Public School teachers Martin Kokoszka, who is white, and wife Takyrica, who is black, noted that the controversial theory is harmful mostly because it preaches division and portrays persons of color as victims unable to succeed in a society supposedly rife with white supremacy.
“When I hear the ideas of critical race theory, they don’t remind me of my experience here in Chicago at all,” Takyrica told the network.
The segment contained historical references and video footage dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when white-dominated leadership made concerted efforts to integrate the liberal, upscale city, in part by outlawing the use of race in housing policy to prevent blacks from moving in.
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Continuing, the segment then asked, “Is today’s integrated Oak Park a bastion of white supremacy?”
In their interview, the couple discussed their backgrounds — Martin said he is from a “diverse” community in Connecticut and Takyrica from Chicago’s West Side — and their experiences living in a city and neighborhood that has long been integrated. Activities include parties, semi-annual neighborhood dinners, and sporting events.
But, they added, despite the city’s history of good interracial relations, the local school administrators tell teachers that “all schools are rooted in white supremacy” and that “racism…is truly all around us.”
That includes critical race theory instruction, which doesn’t make any sense to the Kokoszkas because they see it as a curriculum that is “dumbing down” issues including those regarding race and equality.
“Our school that our kids go to, there’s a lot of questions coming from the community about why not more black students are on grade level,” Takyrica said.
“We are looking to explain it away using critical race theory. Instead of us actually digging deep and looking into all the nuances that are involved with school achievement, we’ve watered it down. We’ve dumbed down the reason now to ‘It’s because the system is racist,'” she added.
The couple said they believe that the critical race theory movement, which is rapidly spreading to school districts around the country — and is now being increasingly opposed by parents — actually leads to more oppression of people of color by underestimating their abilities.
“We believe that it hurts our black and brown community, that the message is: ‘You’re a victim. You can never make it until we tear down all these systems and structures,” Martin told Fox News Digital. “Black people overcame slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow… and all of a sudden black people cannot succeed?”
The couple, who have two biracial children, also noted that the critical race theory curriculum is confusing to their kids as well as others in the integrated community because it suggests something — pervasive white supremacy — that is not evident in their lives.
“Our kids, are they half-oppressor, half-victim? How does that work?” Martin asked.
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