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Iowa Critical Race Theory teaching docs classify ‘Make America Great Again’ as white supremacy

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Leaked documents have surfaced from Iowa’s Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency that shows teachers were forced to undergo mandatory training which employed Critical Race Theory and classified “Make America Great Again” as an example of “Covert White Supremacy.”

Iowa has previously labeled Critical Race Theory as “discriminatory indoctrination” and a ban against the teaching practice in public schools was signed into law by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 8 and reportedly goes into effect July 1.

“This is indoctrination, not education,” Reynolds proclaimed. “And it’s exactly why I took action to ban teaching divisive concepts and critical race theory in Iowa schools. Kids need to be taught how to think and not what to think.”

The documents include a graphic that brands Columbus Day and the denial of white privilege as other examples of white supremacy, Fox News reported. It was previously utilized in a government-funded “anti-racist” training course that was taught by Dena Simmons and organized by the Valburn Consulting Group on behalf of the Naperville 203 Community Unit.

Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson reported on the leaked documents and how the “presentation itself defines ‘Critical Race Theory’ as a tool for the destruction of America.”

The documents also indicate that a large portion of the education agency that was intended to provide support for special needs children was, instead, holding workshops on how to implement Critical Race Theory even as lawmakers were hammering out the ban to block it.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency’s April and May presentations, which were entitled “MBAEA Equity Department Meetings: Anti-racism,” cited at length CRT authors Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi in their training. The presentation also highlighted that CRT “questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and principles of constitutional law.”

DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility” was promoted during the session. It contends that all white people are racist for simply being white. The book argues that “anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities as white people.”

Other terms were laid out in the training as well, including a reference to “whiteness”: “Whiteness itself refers to the specific dimensions of racism that serve to elevate white people over people of color.” The training also refers to the “human family.”

The materials contended that racial justice should be organized by “centering Blackness and building community, cultural, economic, and political power of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC),” while racism was defined as both “race prejudice + social and institutional power,” as well as “a white supremacy system.”

Slide 8 delved into “covert white supremacy” and included “police murdering POC (people of color),” the celebration of Columbus Day, and the conservative phrase “Make America Great Again.”

At the end of the slideshow, teachers are asked to fill out an “equity rubric” which asks them if they think that the agency has succeeded in creating an “inclusive hiring process conducive to hiring staff who … have reflected on their own unconscious bias and their identity in relation to power and privilege.”

Most of those who attended the training were allegedly speech-language pathologists and social workers.

“’Make America Great Again’ is a belief that all Americans and Iowans can fulfill the American dream,” stated state Sen. Jake Chapman, who is the president of the Iowa Senate and has thrown his support behind the Critical Race Theory ban. “Sadly we have segments of our educational institutions who are indoctrinating students.”

“I oppose Critical Race Theory — we should be having productive and empathetic conversations that move our country forward, but this would take our country back in time and further divide us,” remarked Rep. Ashley Hinson. “As a mom of two schoolchildren in Iowa, I’m glad Gov. Reynolds banned critical race theory in our schools.”

“We absolutely should not be indoctrinating our children to judge one another by the color of one’s skin, gender, or sexual identity, and I’m glad Gov. Reynolds has taken action to prevent that.” Sen. Joni Ernst told Fox News on Tuesday.

“Examples like this are exactly why House Republicans took action and prohibited these divisive concepts from being taught in Iowa schools,” declared Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley. “We heard from countless parents with these concerns of political indoctrination in their child’s school.” He added: “Critical Race Theory teaches students to label, stereotype, and demonize people based on their race, gender, or sexual identity rather than judge people based on their character. We cannot fight racism with more racism.”

Parents and concerned citizens in Iowa are outraged over Critical Race Theory being pushed on students in the state’s schools. Iowa is one of a number of states where parents are rebelling against the race-based teaching that is spreading across the nation.

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