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Will Gavin Newsom Sign Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Mandate For High School Graduation?

Will Gavin Newsom Sign Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Mandate For High School Graduation?

The idea has generated national attention and outrage from parents of students in California’s public schools.

On September 8, the California Legislature passed AB 101, which would mandate a required ethnic studies course for high school graduation across the state. It awaits a signature from embattled Governor Gavin Newsom.

It seems likely the governor will sign the mandate into law, although the looming recall election on September 14 may change his calculus on whether to sign the bill.

The bill has gone through several versions, amendments, and other changes since first came up for consideration in 2018. The idea has generated national attention and outrage from parents of students in California’s public schools. Throughout the process, its sponsors and supporters have endeavored to obfuscate the connection between their version of Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory. Legal Insurrection’s Samantha Mandeles reported in February:

The California public school and university systems have seen their fair share of controversy—from outrage at the Islamist Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) involvement in a San Diego “anti-bullying” program to blowback against the Burbank Unified School District’s practice of temporarily discontinuing the teaching of classic books.

Now, the state’s Department of Education is back in the hot-seat as its much-reviled “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) ” has once again made headlines for its reliance on the neo-Marxist (so-called) academic discipline known as “Critical Ethnic Studies.”

She later summarized the intent by saying, “The field is patently opposed to the ‘U.S. Empire’ and American capitalism (which it judges as completely immoral) and looks with disdain at ‘the nation-state model’; its overarching theme is one of the oppressor versus the oppressed, categorizations which it claims are inherently tied to the racial, ethnic, religious, class, and sexual identities of different groups. It then necessitates political activism and ‘community engagement’ based on these guiding principles.”

Mandeles followed up in March for Legal Insurrection with further unsavory details of the new mandate:

Indeed, as the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies (ACES)—a community group working to implement Constructive Ethnic Studies instead of Critical Ethnic Studies laments,

It turns out that revising the ESMC has been a game of whack-a-mole. Every time some derogatory anti-Jewish content is removed, other problematic content shows up elsewhere. One draft’s antisemitic rap song and stereotypical slurs get removed, but in the next draft Zionism is inappropriately equated with oppressive Western colonialism, and in the subsequent draft antisemitic sources and pro-BDS role models are added.

So, will Newsom sign it into law? It seems likely on the surface, given his previous endorsement of a new mandate for college students to pass an ethnic studies course in order to graduate from the California State University System.

A couple of factors throw some doubt into the situation. As mentioned, Newsom is in a pitched battle, fighting for his very political survival in the looming recall election on September 14. His army of consultants and advisors are undoubtedly poring over the poll numbers to determine how signing AB 101 into law would affect his prospects in the recall, versus the effect of a veto. Additionally, after Jewish groups voiced concerns in 2019, he vetoed a previous version of this bill that made favorable statements about the BDS movement. The Jewish News of Northern California reported:

The draft, said Newsom, “will never see the light of day.”

The proposed high school curriculum sparked a national controversy, rallying groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to register their objections, charging bias about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other things.

“It’s going to be taken care of,” Newsom said. “We are united in our resolve to make sure the advisory committee draft is only that, a draft, that will be substantially amended. And let me also apologize on behalf of the state for the anxiety that this produced. It was offensive in so many ways, particularly to the Jewish community.”

Will Newsom sign this new ethnic studies bill into law? Will he let it sit until after the recall? Will he veto it? A bit of political drama is set to play out in advance of Tuesday’s recall vote.


Jeff Reynolds is the author of the book, “Behind the Curtain: Inside the Network of Progressive Billionaires and Their Campaign to Undermine Democracy,” available at Jeff hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @ChargerJeff, on Parler at @RealJeffReynolds, and on Gab at @RealJeffReynolds.


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The Friendly Grizzly | September 11, 2021 at 8:16 pm

None of this nonsense belongs in our schools.

    “US Empire” is subversive shit. My Bernie supporting communist relative keeps bringing it up.

    It seems to me to be Soviet-style propaganda to try to make the US seem evil. Not that our government and the Establishment Wing of the R & D parties have not actually done stupid and harmful things in the world. But “Empire” puts an evil spin on it all – as though we are trying to take over the world.

    It seems the “hate America” crowd love the concept of a “US Empire”. I have not seen much, if any, push back against this destructive concept.

      mark311 in reply to Ben Kent. | September 12, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Using ’empire’ in the US context is absolutely correct. What other word could you use? Using US power to achieve it’s foreign policy objectives like overthrowing democratically installed left wing types with actual authoritarian governments is a perfect example of the US exercising it’s imperialist objectives. It didn’t do it because it was the right thing to do it did it for power political reasons.

      The word empire has many meanings but not necessarily evil, it’s a complex word with many reactions depending on the context. Some might see the word in a positive light with regard to say Japan after WW2 where the US used it’s power for good but again the underlining reasons were again more related to power politics

      Hate america crowd? It’s ironic really because many on the left level that accusation to those on the right. It’s pretty clear that many of the leaders of the maga movement and GOP are self serving and have no real interest in those they claim to represent.

      henrybowman in reply to Ben Kent. | September 12, 2021 at 5:32 pm

      You may need to open your mind enough to understand the complaint. Imperialism is the only way the military-industrial complex survives.

      No other (non-communist) country continually attempts by force of arms to “nation-build” other countries into accepting our forms of government, especially the ones that are nowhere near ready to accept it, are constitutionally incapable of running it for themselves, and have majorities of residents who frankly don’t want it. The only real “success” we had in that vein was Iran, it lasted less than 40 years, and, the rebound blowback was world-changing and permanent.

      Do you resent how the fedguv and the presstitutes ram diversity, wokeism, socialism, forced vaxx, and neo-racism down your throat 24/7 and demand you get on board? That’s the same thing the USA has been doing to other countries since the early 20th, and they didn’t like it any more than you do now.

        Folks, Henry (like every other Libertarian I’ve known) refuses to admit that others will NOT leave the rest of the world alone. He needs to look up the term “hegemon”. There ALWAYS has been and ALWAYS will be a hegemon, because the only rules are the ones someone enforces.

        People who appreciate civilization are glad when the hegemon is someone like the United States, or Great Britain before us, because the alternative is China, or the Islamics, or the Soviets, or….

        Note, that enforcement does not require “nation-building”. It does require that when someone like Iran wants to attack us or our allies, we go over there and convince them to stay in their own sh*tholes. If it becomes clear that we can’t trust them to do that, then we kill enough of them and wreck their countries so they CAN’T.

        The only relation that has to the domestic red herrings he throws out is that we need to treat our Leftist Fifth Column the same way.

          henrybowman in reply to SDN. | September 13, 2021 at 7:50 am

          “Note, that enforcement does not require “nation-building”

          And that is why my post complained about “nation-building,” not enforcement or any other style of self-defense.

          I’m old enough to have heard all the lies. Afghanistan had no incentive to intervene here until we intervened there. We wasted billions of dollars and plenty of lives in Vietnam to keep dominos from falling… that never fell and were never going to. And don’t get me started about Bosnia.

          Claiming that we have to defend ourselves against people who are no threat to us or our treaty allies is the ploy abused by Aesop’s wolf against the lamb. And I’m tired of the MIC dragging it out war after war, like Kendi drags out his Race Card.

          Isolationist is a pejorative term concocted by imperialists to denigrate noninterventionists.

Newsom will do what he’s told to do.

this must be one of them there “rhetorical” type questions i keep reading about…

of course that POS will sign it. i just hope he signs SB-9, so we can replace our nice little single family home with 6 rental properties, sell it to an investor, and GTFO of this Turd World hellhole they turned Paradise into.

it will serve our neighbors right for voting these idiots into office.

    redc1c4 in reply to redc1c4. | September 11, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    actually, i see him waiting until after the 1`4th… if he’s not recalled, he will feel empowered to go full woketard. and if he is out, he’ll sign everything out of spite.

      henrybowman in reply to redc1c4. | September 12, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      He ill sign it one way or the other, but he’ll put it off until after the recall if possible.
      One political skill we all know that boy don’t have is to know when to stop digging.

    henrybowman in reply to redc1c4. | September 12, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Make sure to make them all AirBnB rentals, and rent only to party crowds.

Who will throw eggs at Newsom?

    George_Kaplan in reply to UserP. | September 11, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    That would be racist. He’s a woke Democrat and thus a protected class. Only Red Americans are acceptable targets.

at what point in time does this become child abuse, you have them in what for intents and purposed is a captive environment and you treat them like this, if a parent would do this you would remove the children from them.. the Democrats youth corp, would make Hitler proud

If teaching went on in school rather than indoctrination we would be here.

An Anti-Freedom agenda

It is the Leftist indoctrination thing to do if your a Marxist