North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and the state’s most powerful Conservative state senator, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), pushed for the end of divisive teacher’s trainings and for the eradication of race-based curriculum for school children, and they were assisted by two Moms, at the General Assembly on Wednesday, who spoke in favor of Bill HB324.
“The radical Left is taking a sledgehammer to the ideals of the American founding. They’re pushing Critical Race Theory in our schools and indoctrinating our kids with lies. I will not stand for that. I’ve introduced legislation that prohibits teachers, administrators, and school employees from promoting CRT. Critical Race Theory is at odds with the American founding, and it undermines our freedoms,” Berger said.
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BERGER SLAYED CRT
Berger gave remarks about Critical Race Theory, a far-left radical movement that has shaken the country, to a packed press conference on Wednesday. His office released the following lengthy and important press statements:
Founders of critical race theory school of thought: “Critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order”
Leading antiracism text: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.”
- That one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
- An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive;
- An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
- A meritocracy is inherently racist or sexist;
- Particular character traits, values, moral or ethical codes, privileges, or beliefs should be ascribed to a race or sex, or to an individual because of the individual’s race or sex.
The bill affirms the public school system’s mission to accurately teach students about North Carolina’s racial past and all of its ugliness, including the cruelties of slavery, the Wilmington riots, and the Jim Crow era. The bill explicitly protects impartial instruction “on the historical oppression of a particular group of people based on race [or] ethnicity” and “assigning materials that incorporate concepts for educational purposes in contexts that make clear the public school unit does not sponsor, approve, or endorse such concepts or works.”
Sen. Berger said, “Students must not be forced to adopt an ideology that is separate and distinct from history; an ideology that attacks ‘the very foundations of the liberal order,’ and that promotes ‘present discrimination’ – so long as it’s against the right people – as ‘antiracist.'”How Leading Adherents of the Doctrine Explain It and Some in North Carolina Apply It Leading legal scholars Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic helped found the critical race theory school of thought.
They describe the doctrine this way in Critical Race Theory: An Introduction: “Unlike traditional civil rights, which embraces incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.”
A leading text on “antiracism,” authored by Ibram X. Kendi, teaches that to be antiracist is to believe that “the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.”
Durham’s city government authorized and endorsed a “racial equity report” that, among things, urges teachers to host “in-class conversations about…white privilege and how white people can be supportive of antiracism.”
The report says public schools “must be actively and intentionally antiracist as part of the struggle to create a just society…”The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district tells its students “it is no longer enough to be passively ‘not racist.’ We are called to be antiracists…As a society and a school, we are all compelled to do our part.
“When the doctrine’s proponents say they’re not teaching about the ideology, that may well be true. However, they’re clearly teaching in the ideology.
They seek to promote in students a theology, a belief system, that is fundamentally at odds with the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It teaches children to view the world, and everyone in it, always through the lens of race – that race and power define everything.
Call the doctrine that underlies this transformation what you will: Critical Race Theory; neoracism; illiberalism; Successor Ideology. Its substance has taken root among America’s elites and institutions, and efforts are being made to incorporate it into K-12 education.”
GOING DOWN A RABBIT HOLE
Over and over when Berger was asked, by his Democrat opponents, to defend HB324 in the Senate hearing following the press conference on Wednesday, Berger responded that the necessity of the bill was evidenced by the amount of public concern and complaints at local school board meetings, and in the news. Berger also cited the state’s task force, which had been collecting data from parents, students and teachers.
ACTIVIST TURNED LT. GOVERNOR
Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson, who was introduced to the nation in a viral video from his own public comments at a town council in Greensboro North Carolina, spoke in favor of the Berger, reminding people that before he was in the legislative building, he was a “factory worker” who was himself, attending college and experiencing indoctrination from professors. Robinson is leading a statewide task force to investigate claims of indoctrination in schools as one of his top concerns for North Carolina.
One Mom who spoke in favor of the bill was activist leader Lana Witt, of The Table Project. Witt, a former educator, whose husband survived Communist China, became active in North Carolina politics and activism out of concern for what she sees as too much Communism in America. Another Mom, Ashley Seshul, who often collaborates with Witt, is a citizen lobbyist who spoke in favor of the Bill.
Witt and Seshul have been instrumental in working with legislators on other issues of concern to them such as “Free The Smiles” bill, showing the success that solid organized activism can have in a community.
From his statements on Wednesday, Berger chastised the racial disharmony caused by the left, in schools and in general in society that was tearing at a peaceful community:
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776