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Parents speak out against teaching “Critical Race Theory” in El Paso County schools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Parents of students in El Paso County are asking school districts not to implement Critical Race Theory curriculum.

At the latest District 20 board meeting in Colorado Springs, one parent spoke against this study, which has gained national attention in recent months. Texas lawmakers have introduced a bill banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

“Critical race theory only heightens racism,” the parent said at the May 6th board meeting. “[It] is teaching children to hate, it’s teaching children to hate themselves, it’s teaching children to hate others.”

KRDO asked a D20 spokesperson the day of the board meeting if the district planned on implementing this curriculum, they told us as of now there are no plans.

According to Brittanica: "Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans."

However, Professor Jennifer Ho, who teaches Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory at the University of Colorado Boulder, says while part of that definition is true, there is more to it.

"It’s become an academic discipline that has gone beyond the borders of studying law to be essentially a critical look the study of race,” Ho says. We then asked if it was a suitable topic for high schoolers. Professor Ho says that's a complicated answer. "I've been an educator post Ph.D. for nearly 20 years," Ho says. "I have only ever taught critical race theory as a graduate-level class." She says if it were to be taught at the public school level, it would be tough, and not many teachers would be qualified to tackle it.
 
"Outside of a college classroom people tend not to teach critical race theory because critical race theory is one of those things that somebody who gets a Ph.D. or a law degree has to specialize," Ho says.

Chase Golightly

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  1. Somebody needs to educate these parents about the newest Q-non-conspiracy.

    Teaching the true and accurate “history” of America, including all the races, cultures and genders that participated in that history is NOT teaching kids to hate. It’s teaching them to think. Asking districts and teachers and book sellers to LIE and REVISE history to fit a particular narrative…

    That is what fascists do.

    Critical Race Theory may be a subject for college. American History and Ethnic Studies are not. It is, and has been, the law to integrate these studies into the K-12 Curriculum in Colorado since 1998. Learning about the contributions of more that just a few famous (rich) white men is an essential part of our nation and our state’s history.

    1. Critical Race Theory, yeah, that’s a real science right up there with astrology and voodoo, LMAO.
      IT IS PROPAGANDA BEING USED FOR ONE THING BY THE RADICAL MARXIST DEMOCRATS THAT NOW OCCUPY OUR GOVERNMENT IT IS TO INSPIRE RACISM HATRED ANGER AND VIOLENCE AGAINST ALL WHITE PEOPLE.
      The influx of non-white immigrants is being used to demographically lower the percentage of white people in America as low as possible, it is equivalent to genocide.
      IT IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!!

  2. Jennifer Ho related “ALL race-based violence in the United States has its roots in white supremacy”. So only whites are racist? Only whites commit a race related crime? This woman is a prime example of a Leftist and a racist herself. She is one who has never lived a normal real-world career but only surrounds herself with identical racist and Woke “educators” at a very Leftist institution. CRT is extremely dangerous whether taught in a school or business. It has NO place in our great America. It is analogous to telling a white person they are guilty of a crime, immediately scourge them, label them, encourage them to confess, enter into self-shame, and having to prove their own innocents.

    1. That is not what she stated, or implied after reading this article entirely. It is interesting though, as this is this is a wonderful Freudian slip showing everyone how you took it.
      Isn’t it interesting how one’s fears can hinder us, even when that threat is real or only imagined…
      We went from having Americans who used to make statements like these
      “Land of plenty”
      “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” she imagined the Statue of Liberty saying, “yearning to breathe free.”
      “This land is your land and this land is my land
      From California to the New York island
      From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
      This land was made for you and me”
      To having people that would believe any education should be viewed as “extremely dangerous whether taught in a school or business. It has NO place in our great America.”

  3. Just more garbage being produced by the education system. I had to sit through this training and was told that I am a racist and don’t even know it because it is unconscious.

  4. Judging me by the color of my skin automatically makes me a racist. Don’t think you can get more racist than that.

    1. Absolutely. Compare and contrast. Debate skills. Evaluation. Conflict resolution. All higher level thinking skills. Who knew telling the truth would be so scary for some.

  5. Biden the demented fraud puppet and the radical marxist democrats that now occupy our government are trying to inspire racism, hatred, anger and violence against all white people.
    At the same time they are flooding America with non-whites to lower the percentage of white people that makes up America’s demographics, the equivalent of genocide.
    The Marxist know the people they are letting in will vote for Democrats cementing their power in government for a long time to come.

    1. Your writings read like this, only you are missing the Satire to your rants.
      “I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.
      Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
      It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.
      Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power. Also, you may be surprised to hear that there are over 10 million of us, and growing. We tend to be very secretive, as many people claim our beliefs are not substantiated by observable evidence. What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.
      I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, and unfortunately cannot describe in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.
      You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.
      In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs. I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.
      Sincerely Yours,
      Bobby Henderson, concerned citizen.
      P.S. I have included an artistic drawing of Him creating a mountain, trees, and a midget. Remember, we are all His creatures.”
      https://web.archive.org/web/20070407182624/http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/

      1. YAWN…Another psycho rant of yours that I never read. Again you wasted your time.
        I have no interest in your White hating, America hating marxist democrat inspired delusional posts.

  6. Proponents of CRT- the elitists of academia with more degrees than a thermometer- are the proverbial rocket scientists that cannot tie their own shoes. Leftist language is meant to divide in perpetuity. “People of Color” vs. Whites is their latest reduction of America. CRT is just more Leftist propaganda being offered at the table of public education, a play right out of Marx’s theory of exploitation. White kids are made to feel guilt, shame, and self-hatred for something they didn’t do. CRT is brain-washing, bullying and abuse. Leftist bullhorns (mainstream media) would have you believe CRT is a good thing. Wake up Sheeple. Get a real education in American history, and learn about ALL the people groups that were slaves. Learn why most Whites came to America. (Hint: It wasn’t to institute slavery!) KNOW what your kids are learning! Fight to put CRT into history’s trash heap.

  7. @AnotherMindlessZealot No, you are again mistaken, I did not make a Freudian slip. I actually QUOTED HER from a speech she made recently but not in this article. My comment was based upon her mindset not necessarily on KRDO’s article.

  8. Ok so here is a big problem with critical race theory. Many people migrated to the USA way after the civil war. So many people living now days have no ancestors that fought in the civil war and don’t have nay who were in the USA at that time. So saying all of America is racist based upon the founding of the country and the civil war is flat out wrong. Many of us fled Europe/Asia around WW2 to escape the war and the Germans. So how can I tell my kids they are apart of a problem when they have no part in that history? Telling them they are will only breed discontent and anger when someone tells you the only reason you got where you are today is not due to hard work but simply your skin color and society gave you a free pass….
    People also quickly forget more history for their own selfish goals. How about the Irish? How about the Chinese? We imported them as basically slaves and treated them as dirt while they helped build Americas rail roads and what not.
    Just being honest. I see CRT as teaching young people of color that you will always have an excuse if you don’t get your way. That excuse is if you don’t get your way it is because it is racist or the people are racist. Has nothing to do with trying or working hard towards a goal…
    What we need to teach is the past was wrong. We are well beyond that now and in order to continue progress we should not forget the mistakes of the past but also not use them as an excuse for the future. The future is in your hands and in America you can make it big if you want, no matter what color you are. For heavens sake we just had our first black president, now have a first female black vice president. What does that say?

  9. Academy 20 has established a DEI program and “task force”. Heather Cloninger on the D20 school board is a member of a local activist group that helped initiate this effort. The superintendent implied that this unelected and minimally transparent task force will weigh in on curriculum and materials in their recent Confederate flag statement. The DEI program was cited as huge influence of the upcoming Academy 20 mission statement change – look for it in 2021 and how the word “equity” is used (whatever that *really* means). The district speaks of this “transformation” positively. While CRT may not be an official part of curriculum yet, its sentiments and proponents are already influencing district policy. The launch of the DEI program was due to “the events of 2020” and “systemic racism”. See https://d20dei.org for more info and tell this school district to stop this program before it goes any further.

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