Missouri diversity session tells teachers ‘colorblindness,’ ‘all lives matter’ are forms of white supremacy

Missouri diversity session tells teachers ‘colorblindness,’ ‘all lives matter’ are forms of white supremacy

Newly
released
materials
shed
light
on
a
training
session
in
which Missouri
middle
school

teachers
were pressured
to
endorse
certain
ideas
about
race
and
told
that
“covert”
white
supremacy
included
things
like
“colorblindness.”

Handouts
leaked
to
Discovery
Institute
researcher
Chris
Rufo
showed
an
“oppression
matrix”
with
an
effective
hierarchy
of
social
groups,
along
with
a
handout
delineating
between
various
forms
of
white
supremacy.
Under
“covert,” the
handout
listed
“all
lives
matter,”
“white
silence,”
“claiming
reverse-racism,”
“calling
the
police
on
Black
people,”
and
“treating
kids
of
color
as
adults.”
It
seems
to
compare
these
things
to
“lynching,”
“hate
crimes,”
and
“burning
crosses”
which
it
classified
as overt
and
socially
unacceptable
forms
of
white
supremacy.

The
event,
reported
by
Rufo
on
Wednesday, was
hosted
by
Springfield
Public
School
employees
who
indicated
that
not
speaking
out
about
these
issues
was
problematic.
Leaked
audio
reviewed
by
Fox
News
includes
one
of
the
trainers,
Jeremy
Sullivan, saying
that
it
wasn’t
okay
for
someone
to
just
be
against
racism. When
one
man
said
he
was
afraid
to
say
anything,
Sullivan
asked:
“What
might
an
underrepresented
or
underresourced
student
say
in
regards
to
our
fear
of
speaking
up?”


TRUMP
ENDS
‘CRITICAL
RACE
THEORY’
TRAINING
FOR
FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES,
CALLS
IT
A
‘SICKNESS’

The
audio
featured a
female
voice
referenced
the
idea
that
“silence
is
violence”
and
not
speaking
up
as
allies
for
Black
Lives
Matter
meant
you
were
against
the
movement.

“So,
there’s
a
saying

go
back
with
me
to
high
school

I
was
a
high
school
debater,”
Sullivan
responded.
“We
had
a
saying,
if
someone
dropped
one
of
your
arguments,
like
you
would
always
say,
well
silence
is
compliance,
because
if
someone
doesn’t
address,
then
they
must
be
actually
going
along
with
it.
And
truth
be
told,
right
now,
the
stance
of
Springfield
Public
Schools
is
we
do
address
it.
We
don’t
stay
silent
when
we
see
underrepresented
or
underresourced
students
or
staff
members
experiencing
any
of
this
stuff.”

“And
it’s
going
to
be
uncomfortable,
and
we’re
going
to
get
into
a
little
bit
more
of
that
here
in
a
little bit when
we
talk
about
what
does
it
mean
to
be
an
anti-racist
educator,
but
Springfield
is
taking
the
stance
that
it’s
no
longer
okay
to
just
be
against
racism.
We
have
to
all
actively
be
working
to
take
a
stand
against
racism
within
our
schools
and
within
our
communities.”

At
one
point
in
the
audio,
a
man
asks whether
the
goal
of
the
training
was
to
make
teachers
“Marxists.”


BIDEN
EDUCATION
NOMINEE
TOUTED
DIVERSITY
SPEAKER
WHO
CLAIMED
SCHOOLS
‘SPIRIT
MURDER’
BLACK
CHILDREN

“Is
the
district
saying
that
we
should
be
Marxists?”
he
asked.
“And
the
reason
I’m
asking
is
that
while
I think
there’s
not
a
person
in
the
room
that
doesn’t
agree
that
this
is
an
important
topic
and
should
be
dealt
with,
the
way
that
it
is being
framed
comes
from

Herbert
Marcuse
who
took
and
stripped
all
of
the
economic
policies
out
of
Marxist
theory
and
turned
it
into
critical
race
theory.” 

The
problem
with
that
is
that
it
silences
anybody
who
has
any
kind
of
disagreement
or
other
ideas.
It
pushes
a
narrative
that
like
for
example,
you
said
that
this
country
was
founded
on
racism.
That’s
not
true,”
he
told
another
trainer
Myki
Williamson. “It
was
founded
on
religious
freedoms
from
the
pilgrims

and
then
racism
was
a
part
of
it.”

The
man
went
on
to
claim
that
he “grew
up
the
son
of
a
black
man. He
raised
me
to
believe
in
Dr.
King’s
teachings”

an
apparent
reference
to
Dr.
Martin
Luther
King
Jr. “Dr.
King
did
not
teach
the
kind
of
vitriol
that
we
see
out
of
Marxism. Marxism
has
a
long
replete
history
of
countries
being
bigoted
and
prejudiced
against
others
and
then
murdering
millions
as
a
result
of
it.”

Williamson
and
Sullivan
denied the
district’s
goal
was
to
embrace
Marxism.

The
event
started
with
a
“land
acknowledgement,”
which
focused
on
honoring
“the
Native
and
Indigenous
Peoples
whose
land
we
currently
gather
on.”

It
added
that
“in
doing
social
justice
work,
it
is
important
we
acknowledge
the
dark
history
and
violence
against
Native
and
Indigenous
People
across
the
world.
In
this
work,
we
are
committed
to
promoting,
supporting
and
affirming
all
communities,
especially
those
that
are
marginalized.”

Neither
the
school
district,
Sullivan,
nor
Williamson
responded
to
Fox
News’
requests
for
comment.

News
of
the
training
came
on
the
same
day
that
President
Biden
rolled
backed
his
predecessors
executive
order
opposing
critical
race
theory.
Rufo
responded
by
announcing
a
legal
coalition
with
the
aim
of
bringing
a
lawsuit
before
the
Supreme
Court.


LEGAL
COALITION
FORMING
TO
STOP
CRITICAL
RACE
THEORY
TRAINING
AROUND
THE
COUNTRY

Schools
and
governments
across
the
nation
have
reportedly
seen
trainings
like
these
in
the
wake
of
Floyd’s
death
last
year.
Fox
News
reported
earlier
this
week
on
how
one
of
Biden’s
education
nominees
hosted
a
training
with
a
speaker
who
claimed
schools
“spirit
murder”
Black
children.

During
the
Missouri
training,
participants
viewed
an
8
minute
and
46
second
silent
video
of
George
Floyd
in
memory
of
the
amount
of
time
a
Minneapolis
police
officer
placed
his
knee
on
Floyd’s
neck.
The
video
closed
with
some
of
Floyd’s
last
words
calling
out
for
his
mother.

When
a
participant
suggested
parents
might
complain
about
the
words
being
taken
out
of
context
in
a
video
like
that,
Sullivan
pushed
back.


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“I
want
to
push
back
a
little
bit
against
something
that
you
just
said
because
you
said
they’re
only
going
to
see
the
words
like
they
did
in
the
video
as
opposed
to
the
content.
George
Floyd
gave
a cashier
a
$20
counterfeit
bill

there
is
no
death
penalty
in
the
United
States
for
using
a
counterfeit
$20
bill.
That’s
the
context
there.”

Others
have
noted
the
context
included
Floyd
resisting
arrest,
something
that
was
revealed
in
body
cam
footage
released
after
his
death.

Sam
Dorman
is
a
reporter
with
Fox
News.
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him
on
Twitter
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