The one silver lining to the pandemic that comes to mind right now --- yes, there is one! --- is that thanks to their kids having to take classes at home, parents got a big bitter taste of what the schools were dishing up. If kids had just been going off to class as usual, parents might never have known about Critical Race Theory, or CRT. And that’s definitely what teachers would have preferred.
“But we don’t teach CRT!” they insisted once the cat was out of the bag. “Why, this is just ‘Ethnic Studies.’ It’s about celebrating different cultures and having pride! Nobody would be against this unless THEY were racist, and we know YOU’RE not racist...right…?”
But it certainly was CRT, and even some who worked inside the education system didn’t know. It wasn’t until the fall of 2020 that high school English teacher Kali Fontanilla found out what it was. She noticed that her students weren’t doing so well in one of their other classes: “ethnic studies.” She didn’t understand why half of her students were failing this particular class.
This was in Salinas, California, and all the students were Hispanic. Fontanilla herself is of Jamaican ancestry.
As a teacher, Fontanilla was able to go online and look at the lesson plans for the class. She was stunned. “This was like extreme left brainwashing of these kids,” she said. “Critical Race Theory all throughout the lessons, from start to finish. The whole thing.”
She could see that the lesson plans even referenced Critical Race Theory by name.
There was “a whole presentation” on CRT, and the kids were even told to analyze the school through that lens. They learned about the “four I’s of oppression”: institutional, internalized, ideological and interpersonal. I’d say the biggest “I” these kids have to oppress them, at least at school, is INDOCTRINATION. That would be filed under “institutional,” I suppose, referring to any institution of “learning” that teaches this garbage.
As you know, Critical Race Theory is derived from Critical Theory, which was designed by Marxists as a basis for tearing down an existing society and culture and remaking it to their liking. According to CRT, all of society was built on racism, so our systems and institutions –- even our laws –- are inherently racist. And each of us, depending primarily on our skin color but also on “intersections” with certain identity groups, is either privileged (the oppressor) or victimized (the oppressed).
It’s a twisted way of looking at our lives. “The kids don’t even want this stuff,” said Fontanilla.
But they get it force-fed in California, because the Democrat-controlled state legislature passed a mandate. Gov. Newsom vetoed the first one, because it was so far out-there that it had come under fire for being strongly anti-capitalist and using jargon like –- get ready –- “cishetereopatriarchy.”
The legislature reworked it and tried again, and Newsom signed that one into law in October of last year. Somebody sure is planning ahead, because the official statewide requirement doesn't go into effect until 2030.
Dan Burns, the superintendent of Salinas Union High School district, denied that the course was “based” on CRT, but called it “one of the frameworks.” That seems like a distinction without a difference, especially when looking at the class syllabus.
The curriculum includes articles such as “Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth," by Tara J. Yosso, a professor of education at UCLA specializing in Critical Race Theory.
Students create something called an “intersectional rainbow” with colored strings representing “gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, beliefs, nationality, age, etc.” “Students will compare and contrast their intersectional rainbows with their peers,” the syllabus says, “while framing their discourse within the intersectionality paradigm as laid out by Kimberle Crenshaw.” According to Vanity Fair magazine, Crenshaw is “the mastermind of Critical Race Theory.”
How about a mock trial in which students accuse various historical persons of being complicit in the genocide of Native Californians and “creating a social justice counter-narrative”?
This might be the topper: a graphic depiction of the “privilege hierarchy” with two white girls at the top –- specifically, George W. Bush’s two daughters, Jenna and Barbara. (I am not kidding.)
Fontanilla doesn’t believe her students, most of whom are learning English as a second language, need to “check their privilege.” I would add that since they ARE learning English as a second language, perhaps they should be spending their class time studying THAT, instead of comparing and contrasting their intersectional rainbows.
Fontanilla got involved, obtaining the lesson plans to back up her claims and writing a letter to the school board about the “ethnic studies” class, and it was read aloud at their meeting last June 22. She got an attorney but says that when the school sent the requested class materials, the slides containing the words “Critical Race Theory” had been omitted.
She says that since she spoke up, she’s been harassed and even threatened with violence, mostly by white liberals. One told her to “have fun being the token black friend to racist conservatives your whole life.”
If that doesn't tell you the mentality we're dealing with, try this: When her letter was greeted with cheers by some of the parents at the school board meeting, the board responded by prohibiting anti-CRT comments at its next gathering.
Moving vans and U-Hauls are leaving California every day.
It’s dawning on more and more parents just what CRT is and how damaging it is to their kids. On March 14, a new documentary called WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THEY? will open in select theaters, exposing CRT as “a thinly-disguised Marxist tool to divide people, create identity groups and bring down America through disunity.”
The film features two of our favorite experts on this subject, Dr. Carol Swain and Dr. Robert Woodson. I can’t wait –- this movie cannot come out soon enough! Let's support this at the box office.
This film is not some little fringe project that no one will see. The production has some big names attached to it and is being distributed by Fathom Events, a top film distributor in America and internationally as well, owned by AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark Holdings.
For more details, quotes from some of the featured experts, and a video of the trailer, this article is a must-read.