Colorado school official defends racially segregated playground night; meant to unite, not divide

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Centennial Elementary in Colorado was caught promoting a racially segregated “Families of Color Playground Night” but, according to its media relations manager Scott Pribble, the event is more about “uniting us, not dividing us.”

The school is part of the Denver Public School District. The Dean of Culture Nicole Tembrock evidently organized the event and Critical Race Theory researcher and writer Christopher Rufo exposed it.

Rufo tweeted, “Denver Public Schools’ Scott Pribble (he/him/his) has confirmed Centennial Elementary’s racially-segregated playground program, which, he claims, ‘create a space of belonging’ and ‘are about uniting us, not dividing us.'”

Pribble tried to allay fears of enforced equity by stating, “The school leaders at Centennial received a specific request from families to create a space of belonging. Centennial was responsive to their request. We support efforts like this as they provide connections, support and inspiration for families which share similar experiences and come from similar backgrounds.”

“Our school leaders met with some of the black families whose children attend our school to determine ways for these families to feel more included in our school community,” Centennial Elementary declared in a statement given to Fox News.

“Some of these families shared with us that, since the only time many of them see one another is at drop-off and pick-up times, we host some events where black families can meet one another, connect with one another and share their experiences about the school with one another. We are honoring their request. All families are welcome to attend all of our events, and families from a variety of backgrounds have done so,” the school went on to claim.

“Denver Public Schools remains committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of inclusion and belonging, where our students, families and team members are safe and welcomed,” the school district stated.

A commenter on Twitter named Mark Ashworth noted, “Checked out the school’s website. It’s a hive of CRT, racial division, critical race pedagogy, BLM, etc.”

The school’s website claims, “In addition [to The Equity Experience], many of our staff have participated in Creating Connections and a CRT and the Brain Study group through DPS.”

Along with “Family Nights” the school features an “Equity Book Club.” The school’s Facebook page asserts that the event will introduce parents to the “Community Equity Collective” hosted by the school’s leadership and its “Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.”

“In this first session, we will introduce the Equity Book Study and Equity Discussions which will alternate each month,” it states.

“We will be meeting the first Wednesday of every month. The book we will be reading this year is How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia Birdsong, which we will discuss in November, January, March, and May. In alternating months, we will discuss another resource, topic, or equity-related theme. This first month, we will focus on getting to know each other and learning about how we can contribute to equity at Centennial,” the promotion reads.

The school’s website announced that the “Families of Color Playground Night” would take place on “2nd Wed. of the month (Nov 10, Dec 8), at school, outside, as long as weather permits.”

“At that point it will be virtual, and probably later in the evening,” an event notification reads. The get-together has been delayed due to COVID but will reportedly be held again in the new year.

The practice of segregating events such as this one is allegedly against Colorado’s Constitution and is potentially illegal on a federal level.

Many want the event canceled altogether because it is viewed as racist and there is widespread disgust over it:


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