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San Diego Parents Rally to Stop Teaching of Critical Race Theory

San Diego Parents Rally to Stop Teaching of Critical Race Theory

“If the district is really about uniting the kids, then get this course out of the way.”

Few policies have united Americans of diverse politics, backgrounds, and ethnicities more than Critical Race Theory: They want it banned for the corrosive and racist tripe that it is.

Parent protests at school board meetings have received a great deal of attention, and examples of parents fighting school boards are streaming throughout social media. Teachers are protesting against these polices, and at least one has quit rather than be forced to teach this odious material. Parental efforts to reveal curriculum and instruction details, such as the work of Nichole Solas to gather information on lessons being taught within her Rhode Island School district, are being applauded and replicated by other parents.

This truly grassroots effort has now hit the San Diego area. This week, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) parents held a rally to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

The “Californians for Equal Rights” foundation has called for action, along with San Diego Unified parents to protest the district’s multimillion dollar proposal to promote “critical race theory.”

KUSI’s Teresa Sardina joined viewers live from the Board of Education Building where the rally was underway.

Frank Xu, Board President of the Californians for Equal Rights foundation, joined the rally to oppose the district spending $77 million on teaching the district’s student to be antiracist through an “ethnic studies program.”

Ethnic studies and racial equity would be mandated for graduation. The area parents are protesting, as well as contacting the SDUSD board members to stop race-based instruction that is divisive and distracts from teaching of more useful and critical subjects.

Parent Jose Velasquez was interviewed by a KUSI reporter, sharing his concerns about the program.

“If they are teaching about racism, how are they going to teach it in the schools?…They want to learn. That’s why they have parents, to teach their kids right from wrong. Now the district wants to be the parent and teach you about race theories in the course.

…If the district is really about uniting the kids, then get this course out of the way.

A little earlier this month, a group parents in nearby Poway held a protest at a school district meeting to voice their concerns about how racial equity is taught in school.

Thursday’s protest comes as at least 16 states are considering or have signed into law bills that would limit the teaching of certain ideas linked to “critical race theory,” which seeks to reframe the narrative of American history. Its proponents argue that federal law has preserved the unequal treatment of people on the basis of race and that the country was founded on the theft of land and labor.

Those states include Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Teachers and professors in Idaho will be prevented from “indoctrinating” students on race. Oklahoma teachers will be prohibited from saying certain people are inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Tennessee schools will risk losing state aid if their lessons include particular concepts about race and racism.

Poway Unified School District Chief Communications Officer Christine Paik said that the district wasn’t teaching Critical Race Theory, and the parents are confusing the Racial Equity and Inclusion program that has been implemented.

“Yes, we have been working on racial equity and inclusion over the past year, according to our board resolution and our plan that we worked with our students , staff and community to implement. Part of that work includes fostering understanding and respect so that each and every one of our students feels accepted and valued at our school. That is not Critical Race Theory.

It is disappointing to find that some people are misinformed.”

It is troubling that Paik clearly brands the very reasonable concerns of the Poway parents as “misinformation.” Clearly, the school bureaucrats are unused to parents pushing back on progressive agendas.

While I hesitate to make more predictions about election results, I believe that there will be many new school board members in the near future, and their chief agenda item will be ending the tyranny of race-based curriculum.


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henrybowman | June 12, 2021 at 4:13 pm

I feel a red wave coming on.
I’m too old to be giddy, but it’s the thought that counts.

JohnSmith100 | June 12, 2021 at 4:39 pm

They are not teaching race theory’s, they are teaching racism.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to JohnSmith100. | June 13, 2021 at 5:38 am

    They are teaching non-blacks to lay down and take whatever the street mobs, or prowling groups on dark streets will dish out. In short, they are grooming the non-black populace to be the next South Africa.

When you hear it reported on ABC it doesn’t sound too bad. But when you find out what it really is you really get mad.

It is no different than taking poison and labelling it candy and then giving it to kids at school.

    nordic_prince in reply to UserP. | June 12, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    They’re following the same game plan that they used for “sex ed,” which appallingly quickly morphed from “explaining where babies come from” to “teaching kindergarteners how to jerk off and be any one (or more) of 57 genders.”

    SDN in reply to UserP. | June 13, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    “Motte and Bailey”.

Heard someone call it Critical RACIST Theory. They are on to something.

JusticeDelivered | June 12, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Some blacks are committing political suscide on behalf of all blacks. It is rather hard for a racist to argue successfuly for concessions. Political fallout is going to be severe.

    henrybowman in reply to JusticeDelivered. | June 13, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Political suicide, indeed. You would think we would hear a great deal about blacks rising up against this. Is it not happening, or are we simply not being allowed to hear about it? I’ve heard of maybe two semi-organized efforts in the past 12 months, both by scholars. That’s not enough.

goddessoftheclassroom | June 12, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Add Florida to the list!

In an interview on CNN Obama said he was in favor of CRT being taught in all the schools. It’s a good thing he said. He couldn’t possibly see how anybody could be against it. You would have to be an extremist if you resist it. There is nothing wrong with CRT. But if you are against it, there is something wrong with you.

Albigensian | June 12, 2021 at 7:07 pm

“Lack of party support and money, plus racism and sexism, mean Black women often lose statewide elections” – USA Today headline.

USA Today has figured it out! They’re the experts, journalists, aren’t they? Surely there can be no other reasons why these candidates might have lost?

daniel_ream | June 13, 2021 at 3:10 am

Stop! C.R.T. in “our” schools

They’re not sending their best.

When the Chief Communications Officer complains that people are misinformed it is a clear confession that she has failed at her job.

Is the logic behind CRT:

Blacks aren’t achieving equal outcomes as whites.
The reason for this is systemic racism
Anyone who does well under the current racist system is a racist
Therefore we need to replace the current racist system with one were everyone will be equal and have equal results, ie socialism.