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Pushback: Parents & teachers sue to prevent California schools from teaching anti-Semitism

What really needs to happen
The time has come to clean house, without mercy.

Bring a gun to a knife fight: A group of concerned parents and teachers in California filed a lawsuit on May 12, 2022 to prevent a bigoted and anti-Semitic ethnic studies program from being adopted “under the radar” in Los Angeles schools.

You can read the full complaint here [pdf]. From the link above:

Advocates, including teachers union officials, public-school teachers and other ideologues, have formed the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Consortium, through which they hope to influence the teaching of ethnic studies in the state. The consortium, which disseminates teaching materials lifted directly from radical anti-Israel websites, rejects the idea that all cultures should be studied. It asserts that ethnic studies is about only four groups: Native Americans, black Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders. That last group includes Arabs from the Middle East, but not Jews, who’ve lived in that same region for millennia.

The consortium’s materials, many of which have been taken offline in recent months, are filled with attacks on Jews and the Jewish state. They deny that Jews are indigenous to the Middle East and teach that Israel is a “colonialist” and “settler state” founded through “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid.” They falsely define Judaism, teaching that “Zionism is distinct from Judaism” and that Zionism isn’t a Jewish religious belief but an invention of the “late 19th century.”

Apparently, this “liberated” ethnic studies program — which is merely another example of leftist critical race theory — is an attempt to bypass state law, which rejected it and demanded by law that all schools teach students at least one ethnic studies class by 2030, but provide a wide balanced look at all issues. Because this “liberated” program violates this standard, instead considering the only valid ethnic groups who have been oppressed (by whites and Jews) to be Native Americans, black Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders, it advises teachers to hide from parents the teaching of this material. From the complaint’s description of this program’s teaching materials:

It advises such teachers to ask themselves: “If you tell them about your plans,” is the teacher’s “administration likely to be supportive?” If not, teachers are advised that they may well be “better off trying to fly under the radar.”

The suit notes that this program — Los Angeles wishes to introduce now — would violate numerous federal and state civil rights laws as well as the first and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution. Worse, it repeatedly slanders Jews for being Jewish, labeling them instead as evil white supremacists oppressing the innocent Palestinian Arabs.

I doubt the lawsuit will win. Moreover, even if it does it likely will not change anything in the radical public schools of Los Angeles. Radical leftist race theory will still be taught. It will just be harder to catch teachers doing it.

However, the lawsuit is important in that it documents clearly the political agenda of the left, which today is to teach hate and bigotry, to divide people by race, and to rank races, with some being anointed as pure and others forever condemned as evil. The lawsuit thus provides political ammunition to parents and citizens in order to press legislators to cut the funding from school districts that promote these odious ideas.

In the end, the only way to end the teaching these vile bigoted ideas is to turn off the money spigot entirely to anyone who does it. And unfortunately, we seem so far afraid to do it. Lawsuits like this can only help stiffen the spine of Americans to finally take the real action needed to clean our political and educational house of these bigots, to get them fired.

Let them form their own schools, on their own dime. I strongly doubt they will get enough students to make a go of it.

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  • James Street

    “Let them form their own schools, on their own dime. I strongly doubt they will get enough students to make a go of it.”

    That is a good point that I’ve never heard before.

    One minute video of today’s internet winner. He’s at an abortion rally and has a “Jesus saves” sign. He tells people he loves them and is glad their mothers didn’t abort them. When they angrily start chanting against him he dances to their chant and then joins in changing their words from “Take your faith and shove it” to “Take your faith and share it”. Immediately below this video in the comments are a couple more 2 minute videos of him.

  • wayne

    “Creeping Death” (1984)

    “Slaves, Hebrews born to serve, To the Pharaoh.
    Heed, to his every word, Live in Fear.
    Faith of the unknown one, The Deliverer.
    Wait, something must be done, 400 years….”

  • Edward_2

    It’s easy for students to Video teachers who teach Hate.

  • SDN

    Edward_2, look for schools to start confiscating / restricting student electronics in the name of “safety”, and couple it with jamming wi-fi.

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