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Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race-Related ‘Ethnic Studies’ for All High School Graduates

Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race-Related ‘Ethnic Studies’ for All High School Graduates

The program has been criticized as neo-Marxist, anti-Israel and anti-capitalist, and also a backdoor to introducing Critical Race Theory.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a controversial bill which will require all students to take ‘ethnic studies’ in order to graduate high school.

This has been in the works for months, and the curriculum has been widely criticized.

The program in question has been described as neo-Marxist, anti-Israel and anti-capitalism.

It has also been suggested that this is a backdoor to introducing Critical Race Theory.

Andrew Mark Miller reports at FOX News:

Newsom signs controversial bill requiring ethnic studies for all CA students to graduate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law Friday afternoon a bill requiring students to take ethnic studies classes in order to graduate. Critics contend the controversial bill opens the door to teaching critical race theory in the classroom.

“This bill would add the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies, meeting specified requirements, to the graduation requirements commencing with pupils graduating in the 2029–30 school year, including for pupils enrolled in a charter school,” The bill, known as A.B. 101 states. “The bill would expressly authorize local educational agencies, including charter schools, to require a full-year course in ethnic studies at their discretion.”

One of the bill’s authors, Democrat Assembly Member Jose Medina, said the bill is necessary in public schools.

“The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue,” Medina said. “Students cannot have a full understanding of the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans.”…

Others have accused the bill of opening the door for critical race theory, the controversial curriculum showing up in schools across the country that contends the United States is systemically racist.

AMCHA, which tracks anti-Semitism in education, released a statement on the bill:

“Having closely monitored and studied the ethnic studies scene unfold on college campuses for years, particularly in California, to say we are deeply concerned is an understatement. While certainly not all in the ethnic studies field fall into this category, there is a vocal and active faction of extremists who have long been seeking to inject their antisemitic and anti-Zionist agenda into our nation’s classrooms, and today that faction succeeded. This is a dark day for Jewish students in California and the dozens of other states that historically follow California’s lead.

“The fact that no less than seven ‘guardrails’ were deemed necessary for preventing AB 101 from facilitating the widespread promotion of antisemitism is itself a stunning indictment of the bill and the dangers it poses for Jewish students and the Jewish community. And by law those so-called guardrails are purely optics. They carry zero weight when it comes to preventing school districts from bringing the rejected and blatantly antisemitic original ESMC curriculum or its far worse Liberated cousin into the classroom.

“Making matters significantly worse, California’s teachers’ unions and public universities’ ethnic studies departments proudly support those overtly antisemitic curricula. Both the original ESMC draft and Liberated’s curriculum are endorsed by California’s two largest teachers’ unions and ethnic studies departments and faculty on Cal State and University of California campuses.

The battle over the injection of this far left ideology into public schools is still ongoing. We haven’t seen a rift like this since the battle over Obamacare.


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It’s great to be crowned Emperor, even if your the one putting the crown on your own head.

I vote for giving California back to Mexico.

    CommoChief in reply to JHogan. | October 9, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Maybe keep San Diego?

      JHogan in reply to CommoChief. | October 9, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      We keep San Diego, everything more than about 100 miles from the coast, and northern California.

      We’ll call it New California.

      The rest can go back to Mexico. If Mexico agrees to assume the related debt they can have it for free.

    danvillemom in reply to JHogan. | October 9, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    I wonder what class requirement will be dropped to make room for this for high school students? It will probably be US History. My son had to take zero period for two years to satisfy all the requirements for college. I am glad I do not have a student in school.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to JHogan. | October 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    They already have. Look at areas like Selma, Del Ray, Sanger, Parlier…

Hope you’re enjoying this, California!

    PODKen in reply to NavyMustang. | October 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I assure you … many of us have been fighting against this … and we don’t like this decision … but we’re out numbered … and all we have is one lousy vote to elect people that will make better decisions.. Once government decides to do an end run around the people … as all politicians do … the people don’t have much hope or ways they can fight against it.

My wife is an elementary school principal in what passes for a conservative town in California. Everything in California education, in every community, is going full cultural Marxist. The reigns are off and they are unloosed.

We are actively looking for employment out of state, California is lost.

AnAdultInDiapers | October 9, 2021 at 3:50 pm

Of course, white is also an ethnicity. Perhaps schools should be encouraged to devote equal time to all ethnicities, rather than being racist by excluding some.

    White is not an ethnicity. Neither is black or brown or any other ridiculously broad adjective appended to people based solely on skin color. Think the Chinese and the Japanese view themselves as the same ethnicity? Italians and Irish? What we are witnessing is racism by elites, whatever their skin color.

      AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Stuytown. | October 10, 2021 at 7:47 am

      I concur, but since the law on ethnicity is described in terms of ‘Native American’ and ‘African American’, entirely ignoring the rich cultural and ethnic variations inherent to those two crudely defined groups, I continued by crudely lumping the tremendous cultural and ethnic diversity within ‘white’ too.

      Naughty of me, and entirely accept your polite chastisement.

Newsom is not a very bright guy. He’s just a machine hack with a zero moral center – just like that other clown from CA, Kamala Harris.

The Jews who stay are done. That’s not a shocker. I know some of them. Their abilities to understand what is going on around them cannot be underestimated. To save my son, we moved to Israel.

I believe it was Lenin who said whoever controls the past controls the present. And whoever controls the past controls the future. There was a joke in the USSR. Two friends are having a conversation.

Comrade 1: “Comrade, do you think we’ll ever achieve the communist goal of the workers’ paradise?”

Comrade 2: “Of course, Comrade. The future is certain. Only the past is yet undetermined.”

George Orwell explains in a 1944 letter exactly why Newsom is forcing Marxist indoctrination in the name of “history” on students.,not%20apparently%20growing%20in%20%5BEngland%5D%20and%20the%20USA%E2%80%9D.

“…With this go the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible fuhrer. Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history.

I italicized part of the quote I emphasized to note that the exact sciences are now being thrown out the window since we no longer need them due to military necessity. Remember, Orwell wrote this letter before the June 1944 invasion of Europe. The writing seemed to be on the wall for Hitler, but the issue was still in doubt, which is why he wrote what would become official history if he won.

But now that the Marxists believe they have won not only are they making the Hitlerian (again, Nazi Germany wasn’t right wing; the international socialists simply want to get out of the shadow of their nationalist socialist cousins) version of history the official history. As written by Howard Zinn and Nicole Hannah-Jones. But the exact sciences have to go, too:

“He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.1 That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.”

Orwell is may be the closest thing atheists have come to an actual prophet, but he came close but no cigar to predicting the future. In the section of the letter I cite “He” of course refers to Hitler. Little did he know that he would be talking about Marxist critical theorists.

I won’t quote the article; just read it. One more comment: Why are the Jan. 6 Trump supporters still sitting in jail, denied bail, when most are charged with only misdemeanors? While the Arlington school shooter, who shot 4 people was out on bail within 24 hours? Why was he only charged with aggravated assault instead of attempted murder, especially when he shot a student who was allegedly bullying him a reported 7 times? After all that student remains in critical condition and could very well die from his wounds.

Because this is what the revolutionary terror that Marx wrote about in 1848 looks like. As Marx put it, “there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

Lenin could write about revolutionary terror, but do you think the Soviets labeled the roving gangs running around looting, beating, and denouncing the Kulaks “domestic terrorists?” As a legal matter, no. The Soviet revolutionaries rewarded those perpetrating the revolutionary terror, and denounce the Kulaks who resisted collectivization as “domestic terrorists.”

That’s what the CHICOMs are doing to the Uighurs in western China. And that’s what the Biden administration is going to do to parents who resist the indoctrination of their children.

    henrybowman in reply to Arminius. | October 11, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    It’s an Orwell quote: “Whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past.”

The whole Newsom thing reminds me of Buddy Cianci in a sense. He was a different lovable low level criminal in his own way and kept getting elected.


Buddy provided benefits to his cronies while the city of Providence benefited as well, whereas who knows who else besides Newsom is benefitting and the state of CA (and well beyond, I’m sure) is being punished. I’d have to admit, Buddy is looking good under that big toupee in the sky.

    Cianci was kind of likable, though, in that what you see is what you get kind of way. Newsom is as fake as they come from his plastic hair to his unnaturally shiny-white teeth. Reminds me more of Smarmy McRomney, without the sketchy party and/or state change every time he spots a new office to run for.

BTW, why are we calling this neo-Marxist since it’s straight up Marxist? It’s very much alike how we call orthodox Muslims using the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad (the example set by their prophet) to justify terrorism Islamists as opposed to what they are; Islamic. Or we go with the CRT lie that “marginalized BIPOC communities” can’t be racist, so conservatives concede the language and try to invent new terms like racialist. Why, they’re straight up racist.

When they claim that they can’t be racist because this is a white supremacist society, and that means whites have power but “BIPOC” people do not, then we wouldn’t be having this issue about what to teach in schools. The fact that CRT mongers can force this vile, evil indoctrination on white children in school and if anyone resists they will be labeled “domestic terrorists” prove they do have a great deal of power.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 9, 2021 at 8:28 pm


One of the bill’s authors, Democrat Assembly Member Jose Medina, said the bill is necessary in public schools.

Somehow, I didn’t think a guy with a name like Mike Anderson would be a part of this…

“The program has been criticized as neo-Marxist, anti-Israel and anti-capitalist, and also a backdoor to introducing Critical Race Theory.”

Well then, you may as well balance a Snausage on your puppy’s nose and expect him to stay perfectly still.

Newsom, doing what Communists do.