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Have you heard about the latest partnership between the federal government and the Abolitionist Teaching Network? If not, I’m not surprised; you weren’t supposed to hear about it, since the Biden administration has been contracting with the ATN with no announcement or fanfare. The reason? They don’t want you to know that they’ve created this alliance to intensify and increase the indoctrination of Critical Race Theory, not only for children, but for the teachers, too.
What does this alliance look like? The funding has already been allocated:
Congress allocated nearly $200 billion in COVID-19 relief funds for K-12 schools over the past year. While this money was intended to help reopen schools and mitigate learning loss, President Joe Biden’s Department of Education is encouraging school districts to spend some of it on a different purpose: providing ‘free, antiracist therapy for white educators.’
The American Rescue Plan requires districts to reserve 20 percent of funds for ‘evidence-based’ interventions that ‘respond to students’ academic, social and emotional needs’ — a very sensible charge. But the devil is in the definition, and Team Biden’s guidance booklet for spending ARP funds suggests that students’ social and emotional needs include the disruption of ‘whiteness’ and the propagation of critical race theory.
The American Rescue Plan provides a guide to this curriculum, “Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs” and provides a link to the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), which in turn provides “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.” It says, in part:
Abolitionist SEL is ‘not a lesson plan,’ but rather a ‘way of being that informs all aspects of teaching, learning and relationship-building with students, families and communities.’
To bring about this shift at the level of being, the document endorsed by Biden’s Department of Education urges districts to:
- Partner with and compensate community members to develop and implement Abolitionist SEL models.
- Remove all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit-murder black, brown and indigenous children.
- Require a commitment to learning from students, families and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression.
- Offer ‘free, antiracist therapy for White educators and support staff,’ and ‘free, radical self/collective care and therapy for educators and support staff of color.’
In other words, the community will be recruited to indoctrinate their neighbors; the emphasis will be on race; black, brown and indigenous people will not be subject to punishment for unacceptable behavior; all parties involved will be required to submit to indoctrination; and teachers will need “therapy” if they don’t embrace the correct mindset.
For the uninformed, here is a definition of “spirit murder” created by the founder of the group, Bettina Love: “Spirit murder” is “a slow death, a death of the spirit, a death that is built on racism and intended to reduce, humiliate, and destroy people of color.”
One writer pointed out that public funding can’t be used in a way that violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against teachers or students. But one has to ask, who will stop them?
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Recently the Secretary of the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, tried to reassure the public that they had nothing to worry about, after receiving 35,000 complaints about CRT. But as often happens, the Cardona response was far from reassuring:
After more than 35,000 public comments objected to such ideology, Cardona released a statement clarifying that decisions about specific curricula ‘will continue to be made at the local level,’ resulting in some right-leaning taking this to mean the administration is pumping the brakes on CRT.
Far from it. Cardona’s Friday blog post should still worry Americans interested in preserving an education system that honors American values. DOE still stated it will be ‘encourag[ing] projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives’ in relation to federal American history and civics education grants.
In other words, don’t be fooled.
If you have any doubts about the true agenda of Bettina Love and the ATN, here’s more clarity:
According to Fox, the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s co-founder Bettina Love said during a webinar earlier this year she would ‘create a national database of antiracist school counselors, therapists and teachers.’
She also said the organization is ‘dedicated to not creating new schools or reimagining schools, but destroying schools that do nothing but harm Black and brown children.
‘If you don’t recognize that White supremacy is in everything we do, then we got a problem,’ Love said. ‘I want us to be feared.’
So the federal government is clearly committed to moving forward with radical racist indoctrination in our schools and has found a partner willing to team with it. The government will continue to obfuscate, intentionally mislead and deceive U.S. citizens in this endeavor. They have no qualms about saying whatever is necessary to carry out their propaganda goals.
In some respects, the most alarming part of observing this process is the vehemence, anger, disdain, and hatefulness that is on full display by Bettina Love and her writings. She is living in the freest country in the world, where she has more opportunity than anywhere else. What is the source of that mindset? How can she live in that darkness every day? And how can others allow themselves to be lured into it?
We must look into our own minds and hearts and rally the strength to fight this hateful and destructive process.Published in