Nearly two dozen attorneys general from across the U.S. are pushing the Biden administration to stop its push to advance far-left propaganda, including critical race theory and the 1619 Project, in the U.S. public education system.
“The group’s criticism centered on recent proposals from the Department of Education that detail plans in April to provide grants under American History and Civics Education programs for a curriculum teaching diversity and the effects of ‘systemic’ inequality,” Fox News reported.
“The department’s proposal on April 19 referenced the 1619 Project, a series of long-form essays that seeks to reframe American history by analyzing the long-term consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans.”
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is leading a group of 20 state attorneys general against the Biden administration’s efforts to impose “the teaching of critical race theory (CRT), the 1619 Project, and other similar curriculum into America’s classrooms.”
“This proposed rule aims to co-opt America’s traditional U.S. history and civics curriculum by imposing the deeply flawed and radical teachings of critical race theory into the classroom,” Attorney General Rokita said. “I’m thankful for the leadership of my colleagues in joining us to call on the Biden administration to reverse course on this reckless federal imposition into our schools.”
Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia have also signed onto Rokita’s letter to the Department of Education.
The letter highlights the following “harm” that children will receive if they are taught from the “deeply flawed and controversial teachings of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project”:
The proposed priorities specifically cite the work of [Ibram X.] Kendi as a basis for their implementation, contending that they will reduce discrimination and racist behavior: “Antiracist ideas argue that racist policies are the cause of racist inequalities.” As recently noted by Frederick Hess, “upon closer scrutiny, it quickly becomes apparent just how wholly Kendi’s doctrine is at odds with American traditions of equality, free inquiry, and ordered liberty. Kendi holds that every single thing in the world— every action, idea, thought, and policy—is either ‘racist’ or ‘anti-racist.’” However, Kendi’s own record in implementing what are described as these “anti-racist practices” rather than reduce discrimination, instead actually increase discrimination. For example, Kendi helped lead the opposition against the selection process for the elite Boston Latin School, the Boston Latin Academy, and the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Relying heavily on a merit-based testing regime, Asian applicants received a disproportionately high number of the scarce 205 available seats. “With COVID as a pretext, equity advocates set up a new system to fill the spots based on zip codes and grades, a plan that will result in a 24 percent reduction in Asians, an 18 percent reduction in whites, a 50 percent increase in blacks, and a 14 percent increase in Hispanics.”
Thus, the implementation of Kendi’s teachings in Boston, rather than reduce discrimination, instead increased discrimination, especially against Asian Americans, a group that has been recently targeted with particularly vicious hate crimes.
The hypocrisy inherent in the teaching of CRT is not limited to Kendi’s work. For example, Harvard University has been accused, repeatedly, of discriminating against Asian Americans by modifying a merit-based application process to reduce the number of successful Asian American applicants in favor of other races, precisely as Kendi advocated for in Boston. Harvard recently underwent a lengthy trial in federal district court during which the plaintiffs, a group of Asian American students whose applications for admission were denied, presented volumes of evidence in support of their allegation that Harvard effectively operated a quota system designed to keep the number of Asian American students artificially low. The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that such quota systems are illegal. Moreover, such a system does violence to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a nation where individuals “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Read the full letter here.
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