If the lies of Critical Race Theory can infiltrate the classrooms of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, they are undoubtedly in your community, even if school administrators are illegally trying to cover it up.
I am a proud Parkview HS Viking graduate of Springfield Public Schools, in the heart of the beautiful Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. It’s part of the deeply conservative Bible Belt region. Last fall, former President Donald Trump won Greene County (Springfield is the county seat) by 59 to 39 percent. He won neighboring Christian County 75 at 24 percent and Webster County 79 at 19 percent.
So it was a shock to read reports that Springfield Public Schools are instruct teachers that they are white supremacists for demanding the use of the English language or calling the police on a black criminal suspect. The SPS teacher training also listed examples of “secret white supremacy” such as “financing education through property taxes”, “mass incarceration”, “treating children of color like adults” and the phrase “All lives matter”.
The stated goal of the 40+ slide training game, obtained by investigative journalist John Solomon (my former boss), is to fight “systemic racism and xenophobia”. It presents an “oppression matrix” identifying “privileged” oppressors, including “whites”, “birth-assigned men”, “gender-compliant CIS men and women”, “heterosexuals”, “wealthy people” of the upper class “and” Protestants. “
This summer, two SPS teachers prosecuted, alleging that the district is forcing employees “to assert opinions they do not support, to disclose personal information they wish to keep private and to self-censor on matters of public interest.”
It’s no wonder Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is also suing SPS for alleged misconduct, including a violation of transparency laws when asked to disclose his training materials.
“Parents have every right to know exactly what is being taught to their children, especially when public school systems implement elements of critical race theory,” Schmitt said.
CRT fanatics don’t want people to know the truth, but COVID-19 lockdowns have shown parents on Zoom screens in their own homes what lies schools are peddling across the country. In my adopted home in Virginia, liberals embracing the CRT were kicked out in an election fueled by the anger of parents furious at perpetual school closings and sexually explicit, racist curricula.
Black parents don’t believe their children are inherently incapable. White parents don’t believe their children are inherently bad.
SPS denies pushing the CRT, claiming instead that it teaches “fairness.” But the materials speak for themselves.
Too often, “equity” is another word for “socialism”. Dr Ben Carson explained in a TV interview this week with host Armstrong Williams that activists want a country “where the government takes care of you from cradle to grave, but you give them all the power.” This is of course the antithesis of the American model. To change that, “you have to make people believe that the system is terrible, that it is systemically racist, that it is evil.”
The unspeakable and ironic truth is that CRT is rooted in the work of dead white European guys. White German Marxists devised a critical theory, a philosophy rooted in atheism that denies absolute truth, rejects God, and makes government the highest power. Atheistic Communist China and the former Soviet Union are examples of CT totalitarianism.
Unfortunately, these toxic Marxist beliefs have been repackaged by Black Lives Matter, which rejects the “nuclear family prescribed by the West”. We cannot ignore the breaking of the world, but the CRT would break it more. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Destroying the black family destroys black lives because the family is the fundamental unit of society.
Instead of CRT, schools should teach excellence in math, reading, science, economics, and personal finance. Students should learn how to start businesses, not why they should burn them. And if schools fail, parents deserve vouchers to send their children to schools that don’t. I hope that someday in Springfield, Missouri, the schools will be those schools again.
Carrie Sheffield is Senior Policy Analyst at Voices of independent women.