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North Carolina Senate Moves to Put Brakes on Critical Race Theory After Ibram Kendi Speaks at School Conference

North Carolina Senate Moves to Put Brakes on Critical Race Theory After Ibram Kendi Speaks at School Conference

On June 16th, leading Critical Race Theory proponent Ibram X. Kendi was the keynote speaker at the virtual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Summer Leadership Conference. He was reportedly paid $25,000 for the appearance.

https://youtu.be/zWxMPTGTv9M

In an effort to try and convince critics that the outrage over Critical Race Theory is manufactured and overblown, CRT proponents and their allies in the mainstream media often talk about how it is supposedly not being taught in public school classrooms so there’s nothing for concerned parents to worry about, right?

Wrong.

In North Carolina, for instance, the slow creep of Critical Race Theory is beginning, as evidenced by the fact that leading CRT advocate Ibram X. Kendi was paid $25,000 to be the keynote speaker at a virtual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education Summer Leadership Conference earlier this month:

As it turns out, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston is a big fan of Kendi’s and another leading CRT proponent, Robin DiAngelo.

Before the start of the 2020-2021 school year last fall, Winston’s message to teachers was to take advantage of the “awakening” brought on by the death of George Floyd and the nationwide demonstrations that followed:

“In many ways, this summer was an awakening,” Winston says. “An awakening of disparities, an awakening of consciousness, an awakening of the impact of this country’s original sin: Racism.”

For the rest of the video, Winston talks about how systems of oppression created the well-documented racial disparities in academic achievement and discipline that have plagued students of color, especially Black males.

Winston also included book recommendations in his video, where Kendi, DiAngelo, and other so-called “anti-racism” authors featured prominently:

In the video Winston displays five books being offered to employees to spark discussion. He said he encouraged principals to read and discuss two books over the summer: Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Antiracist” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”

“This is the beginning of the journey of examining your own beliefs,” Winston says.

Watch:

One of Kendi’s books – “Stamped” – is on the CMS website’s summer 2021 reading list, where students can “earn credit” if they “choose one chapter in the book that stood out for you either because you felt a connection with the author’s experience or what you read expanded your thinking in some way” and then “write a response to that chapter and explain how it affected you.”

Republican leaders in both chambers of the North Carolina state legislature have been paying attention to the national debate over CRT, as well as what’s been going on locally, and are already making moves to put the brakes on it in the state. In May, the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that addresses CRT, prohibiting teaching that white students are inherently racist and that black students are perpetual victims:

The new bill prohibits the promotion of certain concepts like that of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a belief with Marxist roots that holds racism is constant and inherent in all people and institutions.

[…]

According to the bill analysis document for the PCS, schools in the state would be prohibited from promoting the idea that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex or that based onlya person’s race that that individual is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.

[…]

Additionally, HB 324 prohibits promotion of concepts that create discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress for any individual “solely by virtue of his or her race or sex.”

State Senate Leader Phil Berger, a Republican, tweeted last week about Kendi’s appearance, hinting that CRT was definitely on the radar of Senate Republicans and that they would be addressing it very soon:

This week, the State Senate is expected to begin debating the issue, which comes on the heels of Kendi’s appearance at the leadership conference as well as a resolution passed last week by the Durham City Council in support of teaching CRT in the public school system:

Berger, along with NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, issued a statement Friday expressing concerns about the Durham resolution and the overall push for CRT:

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, “I’m not aware of anybody who objects to teaching about our country’s racial history, but that’s not all that adherents of this dangerous doctrine advocate. They teach that ‘present discrimination’ is necessary, and that a ‘postracial’ society is ‘the most sophisticated racist idea ever produced.’ These are extreme and dangerous concepts.”

Berger continued, “The notion that a postracial society is in fact racist is at odds with the idea that people will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said, “The dark parts of our history should be taught in schools, but it should be taught along with how we overcame those things like slavery and Jim Crow. Now we see one of the larger school districts in our state pushing for a resolution to include Critical Race Theory in North Carolina’s education. CRT is not about equality; CRT is about teaching students that because of the color of your skin you are either oppressed or an oppressor. Pushing students towards this ideology will lead us to a divided and wrongful future.”

Should the NC Senate and House agree on a bill severely restricting what can be taught about CRT, it’s likely to face a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper who, like President Joe Biden, has become a vessel for “woke” Democrats to use to advance their agenda.

Still, it’s worth GOP state legislators getting out in front of this issue in order to raise awareness before it has a chance to take root.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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It’s been in the news for awhile but due to duplicitous media reporting people don’t really know what it is. So everything is okay—-until one day the people find out what it really is.

Follow where the 25 grand came from.

“Leading CRT advocate Ibram X. Kendi.

I prefer the more accurate Racist in Chief Ibram X Kendi

    Ironclaw in reply to pfg. | June 28, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Can’t give him that title, it’s already owned by Dementia Josef Stolen the communist pedophile.

    lc in reply to pfg. | June 28, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Interesting tidbit: he changed his name from Ibram Henry Rogers to his current nom de jeur when he married his wife (he adopted her African last name and ditched the “patriarchy”; adopted Xolani which is Zulu instead of the European “Henry”).

They issued a purchase order for a black guy? I didn’t think you could do than anymore.

“He was reportedly paid $25,000 for the appearance.”

I’ve said again and again, and people should commit to memory:

1. For the left, everything is about money.
2. Leftists take care of their own.

This guy, hateful and destructive as his ideology is, is set for life as long as he doesn’t do something to screw it up.

Insane? Hateful? Divisive? Sure. But what does he care as long as he’s got his pile?

    artichoke in reply to irv. | June 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Correct. A typical sentence from a judge when one offends the left is that one has to give money and/or time to it.

    Could we get judges to force people who offend the right to give us money and/or time? Oh yeah, the concept of offending us doesn’t exist legally.

It appears that every anti-American, Progressive-Socialist, black thug is being lionized today; personally, I would have walked out.

Kendi is little more than an accomplished televangelist and carnival barker with a well rehearsed catechism that dazzles academics, white liberals and assorted ignorant people…I know I am being repetitive.

wait, an anti capitalist using the capitalist system to make money. hopefully he got a 1099 so the irs gets their cut

“The new bill prohibits the promotion of certain concepts like that of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a belief with Marxist roots that holds racism is constant and inherent in all people and institutions.”, etc.

I’m sure the leftists in the government schools are quaking in their boots.

How will anyone know what is actually being taught by leftist teachers?

What are the enforcement mechanisms?

This is all theater. As long as schools are run by government bureaucracies, THERE WILL BE NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Parents and churches: Get the kids out. Now.

Good. For. Them. We need less diversity [dogma]. Less color judgments. More humanity. #BabyLivesMatter

This latest episode in the CRT Show shows why the GOP routinely gets its clock cleaned on issues of race. CRT is not merely a false, misleading version of history. Rather, it is an attempt to lay the intellectual and political groundwork for genocide.

Again and again Republican politicians call CRT “dangerous” but shy away from the important question of “why”. The “why” is painfully obvious: CRT advocates that some people are naturally evil because of race (and therefore worthy of extermination) yet Republicans are too cowardly to point that out. The result is those who advocate CRT get away with portraying themselves as victims of narrow minded right wing ideologues and not what they really are: monsters dreaming of racial cleansing.

Keep in mind that institutions of higher learning were passionate supporters of the Communists and Nazis, and turned a blind eye towards their respective genocides. The same pattern is being woven again with CRT, yet the Republican Party settles for vague half measures. This will insure that the GOP will do what they always do: lose.

    @RecoveringLutheran, you wrote, “Rather, it is an attempt to lay the intellectual and political groundwork for genocide.” I believe this to be correct. As a student of history, I can see how this is playing out, the end goal (which we already know from the 1960’s SDS whistleblower who turned against the SDS when he learned that part of their plan was to exterminate up to 10% of the U.S. population–i.e. at least 30 million plus people), those on the liquidation list were those who couldn’t be convinced communism wasn’t evil to its very core.

    I remember reading the Diary of Anne Frank in high school, being appalled and determined to never forget. I have not forgotten. Leftists, however, have no soul, no compassion, no empathy. When a baby is a clump of cells subject to extermination up to two years of age, we are not dealing with people like us. We are dealing with barbarians who have zero regard for human life, who think murder–even genocide–justifiable. Of course that is the next step; it always is. History repeats, and there is no comfort in an “enlightened” age because murder and genocide are always options for those who seek to destroy all this is good and right about humanity.

      mark311 in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | June 28, 2021 at 2:56 am

      “Rather, it is an attempt to lay the intellectual and political groundwork for genocide.” Utter bullshit, pretty extreme as a conclusion.

      “1960’s SDS whistleblower” Interesting I’ve never seen any references to what you describe – is there a good source on this?

      “When a baby is a clump of cells subject to extermination up to two years of age” That’s bullshit, no reasonable person has ever advocated that position

        ConradCA in reply to mark311. | June 28, 2021 at 11:24 pm

        https://thenewamerican.com/obamas-friend-ayers-kill-25-million-americans/

        In No Place to Hide, Grathwohl explains that the Weathermen actually believed that they would be successful in overthrowing the U.S. government and that, with the help of the Cubans, Chinese, Russians, and North Vietnamese, they would occupy America. Americans would have to be “re-educated” in camps, similar to what the communists did in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and other countries they had taken over. Here is one of the chilling revelations Larry Grathwohl made in the film:

        I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

        And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

        And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

        Twenty-five million people.

        I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

          mark311 in reply to ConradCA. | June 29, 2021 at 1:55 am

          The weathermen were distinct and separate from the SDS, that was a student mass movement so conflating the two doesn’t seem to be reasonable at all.

          Thanks, Conrad, for sharing the link, etc. Honestly, though, trying to get through to this ridiculous leftist loon is a useless waste of time. He goes from “it can’t be true because I’ve never heard of it” to the FALSE claim that the SDS and Weather Underground were separate, they were not. EVERYONE, up to and including the SDS and Underground but excepting this useless idiot troll, knows that the Weather Underground was an OFFSHOOT of the SDS, their violent arm (much the role antifa plays today, but without the bank robberies and bombings . . . so far), and that it was all of one piece.

          That’s what Grathwohl explains, he was SDS, and he was horrified by the group’s goal of killing 10% of the American population to achieve their aims of world peace or whatever the clueless believed to be the aim. At that time, it was about 25 million, it’s now about 30 million people due to increased population. All dead because they resisted the commie take-over.

          Rather than dealing with the reality of the radical left’s true plan (which has remained unchanged), this nobody–who’ll be among the first executed if his dream Utopia is ever near-term (we know from history that the “resistance” activists die first, long before the attempts to re-educate the masses who just sort of stood around and let it all happen suddenly fail. These ultimately impoverished, disillusioned activist believers and agitators are far more dangerous to the future commie Utopia than any person who just sat there and griped to their buds on poker night or stocked up on toilet paper to stave off the take-over).

          I just want to point out that his response to my statement of historical fact was dismissed, disdained, and mocked, and it is only when you jump in that he has to shift gears . .. to outright lies. Who on earth, including SDS cum Weather Underground members themselves, believe they are “distinct and separate”? And how stupid and ignorant do you have to be to believe this? Or to state it on this site, where we ALL know that’s an absolute lie?

          But this guy lies a lot. All the time, really. He’s been posting here “for ages” (erm, since last November), he drives 50k miles a year in his personal (not work) vehicle (and in the UK!), and he’s also certain that up is down and left is right and the sky is CCP red. He is smart enough to fluff some LI commenters, but most of us have his number. And it’s not 411.

    “…yet Republicans are too cowardly to point that out.”

    My only quibble with your excellent summary, the republicans are complicit, not cowards.

Kendi can’t define racism without using the word “racism.”

How did Roy Cooper win re-election?

This bill should pass, and I pray it does.
However, I understand that Apple and Google may be putting pressure on the state to support this vile ideology.
Every sane citizen of NC needs to be calling their reps to support the bill that bans any form of CRT ideology!

broomhandle | June 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

I used to laugh at the white supremacists that were always predicting and preparing for “The Great Race War.” If this insanity doesn’t stop, they might just get their race war after all.

$25,000.00 for a virtual appearance (which could/was previously recorded) is pretty good money. Henry Rogers is doing well with his racist shtick.

Meaningless gesture. The legislature can pass whatever it pleases, they will have to override the dem governor’s veto.

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