A black father chastised a local school board in Michigan for exposing his children to critical race theory, which he said is teaching them to hate their own mother, who is white.
In a video uploaded to Twitter, the father, Ian Rice, noted to board members of the Caledonia School District that the highly controversial CRT curriculum is teaching his two children that their “mother is evil” while simultaneously teaching kids of various ethnicities “to hate each other.”
“It’s very apparent” through testimony and concerns expressed by other parents at the meeting “that this board and this school district” are failing, Rice began.
“More importantly, I came here to talk about critical race theory,” Rice continued.
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“This theory was never meant to be brought into grade schools, high schools—at all. It’s actually taught in the collegiate atmosphere—and more importantly, the legal portion of the collegiate atmosphere—to see different laws through the lens of race…from an … ethical standpoint, not for grade schoolers and high schoolers,” he added.
Rice went on to suggest the reason it is problematic to bring critical race theory into the grade school and high school classrooms is because it is being misappropriated in order to push a political agenda by individual teachers.
“We don’t have the educators to properly teach these kids,” Rice said. “Instead, they are using [critical race theory] as their own agenda to indoctrinate the kids to hate each other. And whether you believe that to be true or not, the reality is, that’s what’s happening.”
Rice moved on to address CRT’s specific targeting of whites for derision.
“Critical race theory is teaching that white people are bad. That’s not true. That would teach my daughter that her mother is evil,” he said, before reciting an example of “an educator within your staff” who allegedly engaged in racially stereotyping one of his children.
The teacher, whom Rice did not name, “pulled my daughter aside and said, ‘Well, you’re a minority, so you know better than to engage in certain things,'” he explained, to audible gasps from others who were attending the board meeting.
“When that was brought to the school’s attention, nothing happened to the educator. Instead, my daughter was brought in and she was ridiculed,” Rice continued, without elaborating.
“So my question is now, with critical race theory being brought in, what is your criteria to educate the educators?” he asked. “And who are you to educate my children—or any of our children—in life issues? That’s our job. Your job is to teach them math and science. Our job is to teach them about life.”
(Video: Fox News)
Rice went on to say that he believes racism in the U.S. today is much less frequent than it was decades ago, though there are still incidents that occur.
“But I believe the people here don’t look at me as a black man, they look at me as a man standing in front of you addressing an issue that we all are very passionate about,” he added, as people in attendance clapped in approval.
Rice reiterated much of what he said at the school board meeting in a subsequent interview with Fox News.
“Life issues are being taught in school that should be left to the parents in the home,” he told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday. “Our kids need to be taught mathematics, English, reading, writing, those things. And those things are what they are supposed to be teaching. Our kids‘ life issues are our jobs as parents.”
He went on to say that educators pushing CRT believe they are “helping racial tensions” while in actuality, they are “doing the exact opposite.”
All they’re going to do is continue to draw racial lines and try and create those wedges and walls higher and higher. It’s not a good idea to teach kids to look at different issues through the lens of race in these school settings,” he told Fox News.
“They can get along with each other just fine and let them live life up and learn how to live life through their parents as well. Let the schools teach the academics. I believe they think they’re doing the right thing, but really doing the wrong thing. And it’s causing larger issues,” he added.
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