A high school senior of mixed race is suing a taxpayer-funded charter school in Nevada over the “coercive, ideological indoctrination.” The Critical Race Theory-based curriculum forces students to associate aspects of their identity with oppression.
In the lawsuit, William Clark and his mother Gabrielle Clark claim the school violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The teacher told students who refused to identify with an oppressive group; they exercised their privilege as an oppressor.
The Illinois-based group Schoolhouse Rights filed the lawsuit. The group’s website describes its mission as supporting “civil rights litigation in defense of students’ freedom of conscience in public education and the rights of parents to guide and direct the upbringing of their children.”
The student, whose mother is black and deceased father was white, claims the classroom was hostile. He felt discriminated against in the mandatory, year-long “Sociology of Change” course required for graduation. Another required class, “Change the World,” in which students carry out a political or social work project.
The civics curriculum was named the same name as the previous curriculum. Parents like Mrs. Clark “were not aware of the coercive, ideological indoctrination until they saw the detrimental effects it worked upon their children,” the legal complaint states.
The new curriculum “inserted consciousness-raising and conditioning exercises under the banner of ‘Intersectionality’ and ‘Critical Race Theory.’ These sessions … are not descriptive or informational in nature, but normative and prescriptive: they require pupils to ‘unlearn’ and ‘fight back’ against ‘oppressive’ structures allegedly implicit in their family arrangements, religious beliefs, and practices, racial, sexual, and gender identities, all of which they are required to divulge and subject to non-private interrogation.”
William was directed “in class to ‘unlearn’ the basic Judeo-Christian principles [his mother] imparted to him, and then [the school] retaliated against [him].”
“Some racial, sexual, gender and religious identities, once revealed,” the complaint states, “are officially singled out in the programming as inherently problematic and assigned pejorative moral attributes by Defendants.”
The school principal told Mrs. Clark that the course is inspired by ‘Critical Race Theory’ proponent Kimberlé Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a law professor at UCLA and Columbia Law School. She is a leading authority on black feminist legal theory.
William Clark was required “to reveal his racial, sexual, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and religious identities.” His teacher greeted the students by saying, “Hello, my wonderful social justice warriors!” The teacher told Clark to determine if parts of his identity “have privilege or oppression attached to it.” She defined privilege as “the inherent belief in the inferiority of the oppressed group.”
The teacher forced William “to identify his racial, sexual, and religious identities. Then he had to label people with derogatory names.” The defendants forced him “to accept ideas that he could not in conscience affirm.”
The school repeatedly threatened William “with material harm including a failing grade and non-graduation if he failed to comply with their requirements.” They refused to accommodate his requests for reasonable accommodation.
Steven Hayward lauded the lawsuit at Power Line Blog. He said it heralds the beginning of an “active resistance” and a “counterrevolution” against American institutions’ takeover by socialism.
“While misguided Millennials are progressive at the moment, the next generation of young people will swing sharply to the right out of rebellion,” Hayward writes.
The lawsuit comes after President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13950. It prohibited the military, federal agencies, and federal contractors from promoting the “divisive concepts” that are part of Critical Race Theory in workplace training.
President Trump referred to Critical Race Theory as a “malign ideology [that] is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of our country.”
It is an ideology “rooted in the false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country. Critical Race Theory teaches that some people are oppressors and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”
U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a preliminary nationwide injunction against the President’s Executive Order.
She agreed with an LGBT organization that the order violated its free speech rights. “Plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of proving violations of their constitutional rights. The Plaintiffs perform essential work to historically underserved communities,” Freeman wrote.
The Epoch Times reached out to the State Public Charter School Authority’s executive director for a comment over the holiday weekend but had not received a reply as of press time.
via Matthew Vadum