An outraged parent's criticism of Critical Race Theory (CRT) is going viral online. Ty Smith, a father of two sons, spoke out against the anti-race movement at an Illinois school board meeting.
Smith, who holds two medical degrees, questioned the theory of teaching Black children that they are oppressed.
"How did I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down?"
Smith complained that CRT teaches children how to hate each other. CRT also teaches Black children that they will never get ahead because of white people.
"You're going to deliberately teach [Black] kids, 'this white kid right here got it better than you because he's white'? You're going to purposely tell a white kid that black people are all down and oppressed? How do I have two medical degrees if I'm sitting here oppressed?"
Smith, who hosts the "Cancel This" program on Cities 92.9FM talk radio, appeared on Fox News to talk about the video going viral.
He said he taught his two sons (ages 17 and 19) to treat people with respect -- not based on the color of their skin.
At the end of the video, a woman shouts at Smith, "Don't scream." The video ends abruptly as people turn on her.
Watch the video below.
The mother of the 6-year-old girl who was paddled by a school principal is under investigation after police interrogated her kids.
The family's attorney, Brent Probinsky, tells TMZ, the little girl and 2 of her siblings -- plus a cousin who lives in the home -- were pulled out of class Tuesday by officials with the Florida Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS).
Probinsky tells TMZ the unidentified mother is under investigation for reports of child neglect at home.
This comes as the mother filed a lawsuit against the School District for the paddling incident.
Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling the child for damaging a school computer.
According to TMZ, the children were asked if their mother is abusive in the home, to which the children said no. Probinsky says the investigators then told him they wanted to follow up with the mother to ask why she didn't step in and intervene during her daughter's paddling.
Apparently, investigators were acting on a tip about the mom allegedly being neglectful at home. TMZ claims "there doesn't appear to be any evidence of that."
Probinsky says it's an outrage that law enforcement is investigating the mom, when the real culprit's on camera in the paddling video.
As Probinsky previously explained -- there's a number of reasons the mom didn't step in ... for one, she's undocumented and was afraid of repercussions.
Probinsky claims the the mother didn't know what was happening when she recorded the paddling due to a language barrier. However, Carter and the school clerk are both fluent in Spanish.
The school district is also investigating the paddling incident. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the school district.
A Latina mother who recorded her daughter being paddled by an elementary school principal has filed a lawsuit against the school district.
Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling a 6-year-old female student for damaging a school computer.
The unidentified mother was called to the school on April 13 to pay a $50 fee for the damaged computer. She said when she arrived to pay the fee, she saw her daughter, the principal, and a school clerk waiting inside the principal's office.
She said Carter and the clerk escorted her and her daughter to the child's classroom where Carter beat the minor child with a wooden paddle in front of other students.
The mother began secretly recording as Carter and the clerk bent her daughter over a table.
The mother said she didn't understand what was happening due to a language barrier. She said she recorded the paddling because she didn't think anyone would believe the cruelty taking place at the school.
"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I've never hit my daughter like she hit her," the mother told WINK News in Spanish. The mom said she never hits her daughter at home.
She said her child suffers from psychological and emotional disorders, as well as physical bruises from the paddling.
The video sparked outrage after it was posted on social media. many were shocked that this archaic, outdated mode of punishment was still occurring in public schools.
The mother pressed assault charges, and the Clewiston Police Department has turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.
School district officials said Carter's actions went directly against the anti-corporal punishment policy in the school district.
Paddling and other forms of cruel corporal punishment have been outlawed in most civilized jurisdictions. But there are still pockets of resistance in the Deep South.
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A Wisconsin high school principal has apologized for separating white people from people of color to discuss police brutality in Zoom meetings.
West High School Principal Karen Boran sent two separate email links to parents fpr Zoom meetings. One link was for parents "of color" and the other link went to white parents, according to The Federalist.
Parents were invited to "join the Zoom space where you most closely identify" to discuss "all the police brutality and violence that is going on."
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) sent a letter to Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Carlton Jenkins explaining the problems with racial segregation in 2021.
According to WILL, the email discriminated against parents who weren't white or Black.
"Racial segregation is never beneficial or benign. It is our hope that the leadership at MMSD take this opportunity to commit the school district to the principle of equality and end all racial segregation immediately," wrote Dan Lennington, WILL deputy counsel.
West High School Principal Karen Boran apologized , telling the Wisconsin State Journal that her email "did not convey our intention in a manner that supports our core values." She added that the "wording in the communication we sent lacked clarity."
West High School was also criticized for separating people by their skin color during an affinity event last year.
Last summer, the school hosted "virtual discussion spaces" for students and staff separated by skin color.
The high school administration apologized then, too.
Russell and Ciara Wilson provided students in West Seattle with sound financial advice and cash to help break the cycle of poverty.
The A-list couple surprised students at the Denny International Middle School via a virtual visit. They talked to the students about financial literacy and building wealth.
They also donated $40 seed money ($36,000) to 900 students so each student can open their own bank account.
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Russell, 32, and Ciara, 35, taught the students about investing and compounding interest in their savings accounts. The children were told they can't touch the funds in their bank accounts until they turn 18 years old.
"All these things can pay back tremendously if you invest in them in the right way," Ciara said. "Investing is very powerful, and it will also allow you to create an opportunity to build legacy for your family."
The virtual event was arranged in partnership with the NFL Player's Association and Goalsetter, the New York-based financial technology company.
Georgia mom Courtney Ann Taylor went viral this week after she pleaded with school board members to end the Covid-19 mask mandate in schools.
Taylor addressed Gwinnett County Board of Education members at its meeting on April 15. She ripped the members for dragging their feet on the mask mandate for over a month.
"If you truly mean that you would end the mask requirement tonight," Taylor said.
She noted that it's been over a year since the pandemic started, several vaccines are available, and every adult who wants the vaccines can have one.
"Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus, and that's a blessing" she said. "But as the adults what have we done with that blessing? We've shoved it to the side and we've said, 'we don't care. You're still going to wear a mask on your face every day ... You still can't play together on the playground like normal children ... We don't care. We're still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.' Shame on us!"
Taylor said that her 6-year-old daughter complains that she doesn’t want to wear the mask anymore.
"It's April 15, 2021, and it's time. Take these masks off of my child," Taylor said, as the room erupted in applause.
The video of Taylor's emotional plea went viral on social media.
Watch the video below.
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Latinx activists in Chicago protested renaming a middle school after Barack and Michele Obama on Tuesday.
The activists are against the school board renaming Jefferson Middle School to Barack & Michelle Obama Middle School.
The group protested before a hearing of the Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 Board of Education, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The school board held its first in-person meeting on Tuesday at the Brookside campus of Waukegan High School.
According to the Tribune, they chose not to vote on renaming one of two middle schools after the Obamas.
Another meeting is scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brookside Campus. Latinx activists vow to hold demonstrations at that board meeting as well.
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Oscar Arias, a Waukegan native and former student, said Obama deported more than 3 million Mexicans during his two terms. While his successor, former President Donald Trump, deported less people.
Arias said he still remembers the fearful looks on the faces of fellow students who arrived home to find their parents were deported.
He said, the fear in their eyes "still resonates with me."
Arias suggested renaming the middle school after the late U.S. Congressman John L. Lewis.
"Lewis truly embodies the progressive and multicultural spirit of Waukegan," Arias said.
A San Francisco school board member refuses to resign after her old tweets resurfaced calling Asian Americans "house ni**ers" who "embrace white supremacist thinking" to get ahead.
School board Vice President Alison Collins is under fire for her 2016 tweets attacking Asian Americans. On Sunday, 19 school administrators called for Collins to resign, but she refused.
In a series of tweets from 2016, Collins asked her Twitter followers to send her examples of anti-Black racism or bullying by Asian students to combat anti-Black racism.
"I'm looking to combat anti-black racism in the Asian community at my daughters' mostly Asian Am school," she tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet she wrote, "Many Asian Ss and Ts I know won't engage in critical race convos unless they see how they are impacted by white supremacy."
In another tweet she noted that Asians "use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and 'get ahead'."
"Where are the vocal Asians speaking up against Trump? Don't Asian Americans know they are on his list as well?"
School officials called for Collins to resign her position. They said Collins' tweets "perpetuate gross and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuance or potential misunderstanding".
Multiple news media outlets referred to Collins's race as "Black" and they point to Collins as an example of anti-Asian racism in the Black community.
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Divorce rates have spiked in America during the Covid-19 lockdowns. The divorce rate, normally the highest in the world, is 34 percent higher from March through June compared to 2019, according to the NY Post.
One Texas school teacher hoped a new lesson would help change the relationship dynamics between males and females that lead to higher divorce rates.
Titled "Rules for Chivalry", the class assignment teaches young students how to be proper ladies and gentlemen.
The rules for girls include "dress in a feminine manner to please men", "address all men respectfully by title" and "obey any reasonable request by a male".
Additionally, girls are instructed to "walk behind men", not to "criticize men" or "complain or whine".
There were also a set of rules for boys, instructing them to "dress in jackets and ties or suits", "treat ladies with respect", "show courtesy and assist women", assist ladies to seat themselves at a table, and "pay for all expenses during dates".
These rules are routinely taught to children in other cultures where the divorce rates are significantly lower than in America.
Despite the fact that the rules have proven effective in other cultures, the class was canceled due to the fierce public backlash.
The Shallowater school district released a statement saying the assignment "does not reflect our district and community values. The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed."
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A Utah charter school is catching heat for allowing Caucasian parents to opt their children out of Black History Month lessons. February is Black History Month in America.
Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa issued a statement, saying he "reluctantly" sent a letter to parents informing them that they are able "to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school."
Hirokawa expressed disappointment in the parents’ decision not to participate in lessons related to Black history, saying, "We should not shield our children from the history of our Nation, the mistreatment of its African American citizens, and the bravery of civil rights leaders, but should educate them about it." It was noted that of the 322 students who are enrolled at the school, only three students are Black.
By comparison, parents who object to schools teaching their children gender equality and LGBT+ classes are not able to opt their children out of the classes due to former President Barack Obama's executive orders that made the classes part of the mandatory health curriculum in public schools.
Since facing public backlash, the Utah school has reportedly reversed its decision, saying parents can no longer opt their children out of Black History Month lessons.