Americans are pushing back against critical race theory (CRT) all over the country. A typically liberal school district in Virginia that sits about 45 minutes away from the White House, filled with “typical rich liberals,” joins the list of parents fighting against the CRT curriculum, making it into our children’s education.
The Loudoun County School District came under fire during the pandemic after a Washington Free Beacon report detailed that it “spent $314,000 in 2019 on coaching and training sessions hosted by The Equity Collaborative.” The parents were outraged that the school district would contract the California-based business to “create educational equity and social justice by addressing bias and oppression” throughout the community.
July 2020, the school district announced its new “social justice” curriculum to begin being taught to students in grades as low as Kindergarten. The report details how Loudoun County School District, “the richest county in the country, has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) education arm Teaching Tolerance to develop its new curriculum.”
The curriculum recommends social justice lesson plans for teachers that require history and social studies classes to spin a different version of events to emphasize slavery as the bedrock of American society for students from K-5.
In the July 2020 report by the Washington Free Beacon district spokesman Rob Doolittle claimed that these materials and the curriculum changes would be “optional.” “Parents who have queried LCPS about those resources have been informed that they are optional.”
However, shortly after the race riots began across the United States, Loudoun County school district doubled down on its initiative to force Black Lives Matter policies on its students, faculty, and staff. By September 2020, the district released its now infamous “Comprehensive Equity Plan.”
Instead of the ability to opt-out, as Rob Doolittle promised, the plan requires mandatory participation. As a result, “100% of new teachers engage in onboarding training sessions on Equity and Culturally Responsive Instruction,” read the material.
This week, another round of explosive speeches at the Loudoun County School Board Meeting where angry parents voiced their frustrations with mandatory reading material that they found inappropriate for their school-aged children.
The video showed masked parents holding poster boards with graphics that contained the shocking required reading. The posters titled “Monday’s Not Coming” and “#MurderTrending” referenced teens giving sexual favors for homework help, kidnapping, rape, and torture.
Warning: Video Contains Graphic Language and Sexual and Violent Depictions. Viewer Discretion Is Advised
#Loudouncounty School Board meetings are becoming must watch.
Clip 1 of 3: Parents read NSFW passages from 9th grade English assignments. pic.twitter.com/3n94McKUdz
— Ian Prior (@iandprior) May 12, 2021
One mom going viral for her remarks said, “In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Now, I have a dream that we will implement love and not hate or support another Jim Crow’s agenda.”
The mother continued, “CRT [Critical Race Theory] is not an honest dialogue. It is a tactic that was used by Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan on slaves very many years ago to dumb down my ancestors.”
The mother’s passion rising as she looks at the school board members and says, “So we could not think for ourselves. CRT is racist. It is abusive, and it discriminates against one’s color.”
#Loudouncounty parents brought the 🔥🔥🔥 at the school board meeting tonight.
— Ian Prior (@iandprior) May 12, 2021
“Let me educate you. An honest dialogue does not oppress. An honest dialogue does not implement hatred or injustice. It is to communicate without deceiving people,” she said.
“Today, we don’t need your agreement. We need your action and a backbone to ban CRT. We don’t want your political advertisement to divide our children or belittle them. Think twice before you indoctrinate such racist theories,” she warned.
“You can not tell me what is and is not racist. LOOK AT ME. [She is a black American] I had to come down here today to tell you to your face that we are strong. This will not be the last greet and meet, respectfully.”
Two Republican-led bills are making their way to Congress. Sen. Tom Cotton is introducing the “Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act of 2021, and Rep. Dan Bishop is introducing the “Stop CRT Act.” The bills attempt to eliminate federal funding for Critical Race Theory training.