We have a new letter that has been sent over by the montana school superintendent over to the montana superintendent. I’M. Sorry, the montana attorney general all over critical race theory. The superintendent of the schools is saying: hey, we can’t teach this stuff in school. This is crazy. This is basically racism and it’s violation, it’s in violation of the civil rights act of 1964., so attorney general. If you’re telling us that we need to do this stuff or the biden administration is telling us, through the department of education that we got to make these pivots in our curriculum, i need to know how to do that, because the way that i’m reading the laws – This is a violation of the laws, so help me out, so i want to show you what this looks like and once again this is being brought to us by christopher ruffo, who is doing a great job on all of the critical race theory stuff. He says breaking montana superintendent. Artson asks the state attorney general to investigate whether promoting critical race theory in the classroom violates the civil rights act of 1964 by treating individuals differently based upon race and creating quote a racially hostile environment. Right and we’ve talked about critical race theory it’s about this idea. That sort of you know racism is systemic it’s inherent in our society, it’s been institutionalized and that essentially no interaction in our society can occur without a racial component as a part of it, and so schools are now having to figure this out.
We’Re talking about montana, but this is taking place all over the country. Many states, many state legislatures, are passing rules and regulations. We have other states that are sort of encouraging and endorsing critical race theory. We talked about this earlier in the week. I think it was washington state that says we’re good, we’re, critical race theory we’re go then we change gears and we talk about oklahoma. They said no we’re not going to be doing that and the governor signed a law that put some limitations on that so we’re. Seeing the country sort of split, uh, two different directions and now montana is joining the fray. So i want to show you a little bit about this woman. Her name is elsie arnstein superintendent of public instruction. She uh let’s, see here by law. The state superintendent has general supervision of the k, 12 public schools and districts, so that’s a big that’s, a big chunk of kids right elected in 2016. We got a four year term. She’S been teaching in public schools for 23 years has a degree in economics, education, university of montana teaching career serving the montana legislature for 12 years. Four terms in the montana house of representatives, one term in the montana senate, from 2013 sworn into superintendent of public instruction. 2017 been married to her high school sweetheart for 41 years, two daughters, grandmother, four grandchildren, strong background key initiatives and all of these things, montana hope, montana teach, montana, learn and montana ready, and so we have this woman.
Now, who is sending a letter over to the attorney general, a person by the name of austin nudsen, sent this back on may 12th, so this was yesterday. We can see here, let’s uh white. There we go uh we see here. This was drafted on may 12th. Uh the office of public instruction sent over to the office of the attorney general, and so the attorney general is sort of the state’s lawyer right so it’s the the main attorney for the entire state, so it’s the main person who handles education all k through 12 Education sending a letter over to the main attorney for the entire state of montana, saying, hey what’s, going on here. Pursuant to my authority, as the public student attendant school supervisor, i am asking for a an opinion from the attorney general on the legality of teaching so called anti racism and critical race theory in montana public schools. Specifically, i request your opinion as to whether these practices violate title 6 of the civil rights act of 1964 and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, article 2, section 4 of the montana constitution and other things so fleshing out what the claims are. Three of them civil rights act: we have the montana constitution and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. We have standing that is being established right here. So she’s saying i have the ability to go in and ask you for your opinion on this.
I have standing on this matter. They go through some legal analysis. The u.s department of education recently released a proposed new rule, establishing priorities for grants in american history and civics education, so she’s referencing this. This came out april, 19. 2021. So this is a in policy. The rule would offer priority to grant quote projects that incorporate racially ethnically culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives. They’Re going to get grant money. Opi has serious concerns about the effect this proposal on the education of students in montana. It raises serious questions as to whether it encourages schools to treat students differently on the basis of race, in violation of federal and state non discrimination. Laws government is saying, according to the u.s department of education we’re, going to give you a grant so long as you incorporate this into a project that includes racial, ethnic, cultural and linguist, linguistically diverse perspectives, sounds sounds kind of reasonable right, let’s see what else is in Here the most troubling aspect of the proposal is the incorporation of the so called anti racist teachings. Okay, so it’s about the content, let’s see what this is about: critical race theory going into the classrooms. The proposal states that schools across the country are working to incorporate anti racist practices. It explains, as the scholar ibram x, kendi has expressed quote. An anti racist idea is any idea that suggests the racial groups are equals in all their apparent differences, that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group.
Anti racist ideas argue that racist policies are the cause of racial inequities. It is critical that the teaching of american history and civics creates learning experiences that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, histories, contributions and experiences of all students. So this comes from an article titled how to be an anti racist in 2019, so the superintendent says accordingly. Under this priority, the applicants propose projects that incorporate teaching and learning uh practices kendy’s. How to be an anti racist is quite radical. She contends she says that the most threatening racist movement is the regular americans drive for a race neutral state according to ibrahim kendy. So if you want a race neutral state that is threatening the racist movement, incorporating the idea of institutional racism, structural racism and systemic racism, this policy argues that a racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups. An anti racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial equity between racial groups. By policy i mean written unwritten. The most shocking aspect of this philosophy is the pronouncement that the only remedy to pass discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination. What okay anti racism is closely linked with a discipline known as critical race theory. Crt stresses racial divisions. These ideas are fallacious. They also lead to discrimination when implemented. For example, the city of seattle’s office of civil rights developed a race and social justice training which required white employees to examine their quote relationships with white supremacy, racism and whiteness, and explain how their families benefit economically from the system of white supremacy.
Even as it directly and violently harms black people, okay, one prominent critic of crt argues that quote under the banner of anti racism. Seattle’S office of civil rights is now explicitly endorsing principles of segregationism group based guilt and race, essentialism ugly concepts that should have left behind a century ago. These fringe ideas have found their way into school. She says in the spring of 2019, another school district began developing the blm at school curriculum which unapol, which quote unapologetically, aims to create a new generation of allied activists. What did the school district do? Well, they went on to separate administrators in professional development, training programs into two groups based on race, white and non white, so we’re going back to segregation now so in seattle they say that they’re going to have this blm curriculum. What happens when a slogan becomes a curriculum posted in the atlantic, so they actually divide the students black people over here white people over there very, very progressive offers, various quote racially: exclusive affinity groups that separated students and parents and community members by race, more segregation. They also implemented a disciplinary policy that included explicit direction to staffers to consider a student’s race when meeting out discipline. So certain punishments go to certain ethnicities, got it, carry out a colorism privilege, walk that separated 7th and 8th grade students into different groups based on race. That’S good for the kids uh, we have what else. On november 25th, the us department of education for civil rights open an investigation of a complaint against the district for a violation of title vi.
Parents are asked to quiz their kids on whiteness and give them approachable examples of quote how whiteness shows up in school or in the community and its focus on whiteness and its invitation to readers to challenge racism by interrogating and rejecting it. The worldview of not my idea is similar to that of robin d’angelo’s white fragility. We have another example from new york. All right, let’s see here she finishes. She says actions such as these seem to violate the plain language of the civil rights act, which says no person in the united states shall, on the ground of race, color national origin, be excluded from participation in be denied the benefits of or be subjected to, the Discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance when a school separates or excludes students on the basis of race, for these quote anti racist activities, it constitutes different treatment. Additionally, in some instances, these materials may cause a racially hostile environment under the law harassing conduct. If they are sufficiently severe, pervasive and persistent so as to interfere or limit, the ability of a student to participate are problematic. Thus, if a school allows students to be judged, labeled or assigned guilt according to their race, this could create an impermissible hostile environment and, looking for more information, i look forward to receiving your response signed off on by elsie r netson state superintendent, montana office public instruction. So trying to figure out what is happening with the youth let’s take a couple questions over from watchingthewatchers.
locals.com we’ve got soul under siege says: why are we even calling it critical race theory? Just call it what it is teaching people to be racist, because that is what it is. How this is even a debate blows me away. I i know i don’t, i don’t get it either. I really don’t i’m having a i’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around how they uh sort of skipped over something that we all learned. I mean i remember growing up you, don’t judge people by the color of their skin right that’s, exactly what mlk taught us. I mean we learned that my entire life right don’t judge people by the color of their skin, judge them by the content of their character. I thought that was a powerful message. I still think it is they don’t. For some reason we have liberty or death, says they teach this crap in our law school to force us to go to these quote professionalism presentations once a month month where they push soft bigotry of low expectations. We also have crt type classes, race and the law and lawyers in advancing social justice. Okay, i mean i that’s one way to practice law. I guess well, look if they’re going to defund the police. Maybe this is a whole new area of law. Maybe this is what it looks like now. We just pinky 2 says rob. That is what is wrong with america. We’Ve already had diversity, training, turning everything, the exact polar opposite is not good.
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