Critical race theory: Diverse group of mothers from across the country speak out

Critical race theory: Diverse group of mothers from across the country speak out

6/12/2021 2:39:00 PM

Critical race theory: Diverse group of mothers from across the country speak out

'Critical race theory,' the phrase that has captured headlines and driven news cycles, was once relegated to the halls of academia. But as CRT and its associated ideas have spread to school districts, so went the demographics of people debating its implications.

Outside of Virginia, mothers have fought back in Ohio, California, and Florida. On Thursday, Florida mother Quisha King disputed the idea that CRT was about"racial sensitivity or simply teaching unfavorable American history or teaching Jim Crow history."

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"CRT," she said at a school board meeting,"is deeper and more dangerous than that. CRT and its outworking today is a teaching that there's a hierarchy in society where White male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor, and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed. She continued:"I don't know about you, but telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are Black is racist – and saying that White people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well. This is not something that we can stand for in our country."

BLACK MOTHER SLAMS CRITICAL RACE THEORY AT FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: ‘NOT TEACHING THE TRUTH’Defining CRT is notoriously difficult, as even its founder has suggested it has no permanent contours. That's why King's governor, Ron DeSantis, alluded to racial division rather than explicitly saying"critical race theory" in the rule he proposed at Thursday's school board meeting.

Defenders of the controversial content argue that it helps foster understanding between racial groups and break down systemic barriers to inclusion. "The pursuit of equity in education is trying to realize foundational commitments to belonging, the idea of ‘liberty and justice for all,’ and making sure the 'we' in 'We the People' is big and truly does include each and every student and family in the community," said Oregon Department of Education spokesperson Marc Siegel. He was defending a series of department-sponsored events with"1619 Project" founder Nikole Hannah Jones.

"The experiences of Black students and families can and must be centered in our state, including the fullness of Black histories and Black futures," he added.LCPS' superintendent Scott Ziegler has also defended teacher trainings, saying:"In explaining LCPS' equity priorities, it might be helpful to state what they are not. They are not an effort to indoctrinate students and staff into a particular philosophy or theory. What they are is an effort to provide a welcoming, inclusive, affirming environment for all students." 

VideoMoms building the infrastructure to combat CRT in schoolsThese moms' anger translates into more than just mic-drop moments at school board meetings – they're organizing, too. Since CRT started becoming more prominent, moms have started or leveraged grassroots organizations to oppose CRT and its related ideas. Dads like Ian Prior and Scott Mineo are also joining the fight, each starting anti-CRT organizations in the past year. 

Spearheading the investigative side of anti-CRT battles is Nicole Neily, an attorney and mother of two who founded the group Parents Defending Education (PDE). Led by former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani, a mother of one, Neily's group has peppered school systems across the country with copious public documents requests. Some of those have prompted national news stories, as was seen with another PDE leader and mother, Erika Sanzi, speaking with Fox News' Tucker Carlson last month.

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Other outspoken mothers – such as Rachel Pisani, Tatiana Ibrahim, Elicia Brand, and Shawntel Cooper – have discussed the issue on Fox News as well.Nomani is based in Virginia, which has seen an explosion of controversial ideas about race. Earlier this year, Fox News reported on a proposed framework for math that sought to achieve racial equity by blocking math acceleration.  Similar ideas emerged in California and Oregon, where two mom-created groups – Oregonians for Liberty and Educators for Quality and Equality – worked to expose them. Both Lori Meyers of the latter and Kim Walters of the former said they started the groups last year in reaction to CRT.

FLORIDA MOTHER AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SLAMS CRITICAL RACE THEORY AS ‘ANTI-AMERICAN CURRICULUM’According to Nomani, PDE has filed dozens of public records requests, pursued 20 deep investigations into school districts, and is receiving 100-200 tips per week. PDE is also filing federal complaints, which will likely face an uphill battle under President Biden but nonetheless could uncover additional information. Her group also created a comment portal, which helped facilitate comments on a grant program that has been criticized as a way for the Biden administration to promote CRT. Nomani told Fox News that her group facilitated more than 11,000 comments out of 34,000.  

Controversial ideas about race have also surfaced in Virginia's so-called"social-emotional" learning standards, as well as efforts to lower standards in the state. Besides PDE, Nomani leads the Coalition for TJ, a group of parents suing the nation's top high school for lowering entry requirements in an alleged scheme to suppress Asian admissions. Another lawsuit has been filed by Mineo and Patti Hildalgo-Menders, who leads the Loudoun County Republican Women's Club. They're claiming that an LCPS equity ambassador program racially discriminated against their children and violated their right to free speech. 

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Let me guess. They're all white, and they're only diversity is which rich guy they're arm candy for. Stop lying This is our biggest problem, US! We are afraid of the truth. We don't want to talk about race, and how it has played a very important part of our history. We want to keep the truth from our children, so we can continue to keep the nation divided! SMH!

It’s easy to teach something as useless as critical race theory, because it’s void of anything substantive. We have a generation of high school and college students who will never amount to anything more in life than to make breakfast biscuits and coffee at WaWa on early shift. No reporting on the Trump grifting organization lately?

Fox should have a CRT telethon where their viewers call in and explain the definition of CRT… just to highlight what a failure the American education system truly is in some places… All I know is critical race theory is the single biggest problem this country faces. Said nobody but Fox News Oh good. The fear of teaching Ebonics to give black kids a level playing field in testing has metamorphosed into the fear of teaching CRT to create a more empathetic society. I’m not ashamed to be white after years of CRT education. I’m free from narrow mindedness!

Critical news theory.. Fox us done.. the consumers speaks put.. Let's some the fires of hate a little more. I love it.

Florida board of education approves DeSantis' rule banning critical race theoryThe Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved a rule that Gov. Ron DeSantis advanced in order to ban teaching certain ideas about race and history. A huge win for society, for all of us. I'm enduring THIS to take notes.... Because IF someone happens to ask me about THIS around a LATER TIME I WILL BE TRUTHFUL! RACISM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL!!!!

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Florida Becomes Fifth State To Bar Schools From Teaching Critical Race TheoryThe theory, which has become a new culture war front for conservatives, isn’t actually taught in Florida schools. I know he has money 🔥🔥 Good!!!

Florida Board of Education passes rule banning critical race theory in classroomsSeveral groups, including the state teachers union, opposed the rule change, saying it would do a greater disservice to students to cover up history. Good, what the hell is critical race theory? Florida is trash.

Explaining the controversy behind critical race theoryThe debate on whether critical race theory should be taught in K-12 classrooms continues to divide educators and lawmakers around the country. As some Republicans push to ban the theory, questions of censorship and the importance of historical accuracy emerge. Now Those against the Black History Education Bill fear empathy. They fear their children will understand movement likes BLM. They fear the loss of their entitlement. They fear questions, they cannot answer. They fear questioning police motives, they fear future votes will be lost

Critical race theory is banned in these statesFlorida, Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma have all banned the academic theory, which examines the ways race and racism intersect with politics, culture and the law. It's where the US produces the most white whine. Not coincidentally, in these states incest is legal.