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One would assume that for the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, public school students across the country would be taught about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.
Instead, the BLM movement has taken a national holiday and turned it into a day of promoting their radical ideology and indoctrinating children with progressive, socialist, and Marxist values through a specially designed curriculum. Some of the content is completely contrary to what Dr. King advocated for. Instead of teaching history of the Civil Rights movement, BLM is attempting to radicalize America’s public school students.
The BLM movement has sent out a fully prepared and endorsed curriculum for a "Week of Action" beginning January 18, from Seattle to Chicago to Philadelphia to New York and almost everywhere in between, which barely mentions MLK.
The BLM curriculum was pioneered over the last few years in schools such as Adams Elementary School in Seattle, as well as the Milwaukee Public School District, and this year has had a national rollout.
This year, the curriculum begins with a list of "national demands" which are; End "zero tolerance" discipline, and implement restorative justice, hire more black teachers, mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum, Fund counselors not cops.
Restorative Justice is further defined as celebrating October 14 as Justice for George Day on the occasion of George Floyd's birthday.
This is followed by a call to action to defund the police and the "redirecting of those funds towards social programs and education," namely those endorsed by the BLM movement.
There were only passing mentions of Dr. King in the curriculum, the most visible was in reference to civil rights leader Bayard Rustin who was a socialist activist. While Dr. King and Rustin worked together and organized marches, King passed on hiring Rustin for higher positions after being advised against it. People close to King and Rustin were aware of the radical’s devotion to socialism and Max Shachtman, a Marxist theorist and associate of communist Leon Trotsky. Ironically, Rustin was a proponent of non violent means of protest, contrary to the rioting instigated by BLM in the wake of the death of George Floyd this summer in cities across America.
Public school children’s schedule for the week is similar to years past and will include, "Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy, and Loving Engagement Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism, Wednesday: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming, and Collective Value Thursday: Intergenerational, Black Families, and Black Villages Friday: Black Women and Unapologetically Black."
One of the "principles" of the movement is called "Black Villages" which is defined as "the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the 'collective village' that takes care of each other," rather than the family unit.
The curriculum contained endorsements by a who's who of extremists across the country including Bill Ayers, a terrorist from the Weather Underground, BLM co-founder and Marxist Opal Tometi, Michael Bennett, former Seahawk who lied about a racially motivated arrest and was indicted in another incident for shoving a 66-year-old paraplegic woman, and Nikkita Oliver who supported Seattle's 'autonomous zone' and is linked to groups that have been accused of extorting money out of Seattle businesses and circumventing normal funding processes for funds from the local government.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is also listed among many other radical organizations. In 2019, members of CTU traveled to Venezuela, to provide support for the socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. In a now deleted tweet, Sarah Chambers, one of the participants and board member of CTU said, "Today, I had the honor of standing behind Nelson Mandela’s grandson at a Venezuelan rally. He spoke strongly in support of Maduro. Mandela & his org were on USA’s terrorist list when they fought against apartheid. Lesson is don’t trust USA propaganda#CTUAgainstVezIntervention pic.twitter.com/asezqhQVVZ— Sarah4Justice (@Sarah4Justice) July 28, 2019" She has since deleted her account.
The delegation even boasted about having met with Vladimir Castillo, the Venezuelan Director of International Affairs to learn how Chavez brought socialism to Brazil.
"Read our first blog post on Venezuela! You can also read CTU’s Resolution to Oppose the Invasion of Venezuela In our blog. #CTUAgainstVezIntervention ??https://t.co/30qHxXiY3c— Sarah4Justice (@Sarah4Justice) July 9, 2019"
As previously reported by The Post Millennial, Richard Berg, one of the other CTU delegates, said in an interview with The Orinoco Tribune that "We are interested in a show solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan people and at the same time we want to interact with Venezuelan labor union leaders with focus on teacher unions to learn from them how they have counter US sanctions and to inform them about our recent victories in the US, like the recent strike CTU organized in Chicago."
As previously reported in The Post Millennial, in March 2020, CTU passed a resolution that opposed the US intervening in Venezuela, despite the country using the military to crack down on unarmed protesters. The Marxist-Leninism Today described the details of the resolution.
The curriculum also contained a Q&A section for teachers which included questions such as:
"I’m an elementary teacher and I’m not used to openly raising issues of race in my classroom. What are some actions I can take and what kinds of materials can be helpful?"
"Does your classroom have students of more than one race? Do your instructional materials include people of different races? Are you a different race than some (or all) of your students? If any of these are true -- and likely all are -- then issues of race are already present in your classroom. You can raise awareness about this omnipresent aspect of our society without triggering conflict or anxiety in your students -- take a look at some of our elementary-specific resources to find a lesson that suits your environment."
The curriculum is designed to replace learning in other subjects that are not relevant to history or race such as math and science.
"I teach math and science. How can I integrate this into my teaching?"
"There are a lot of ways to integrate justice driven curriculum into science and math lessons. Science and math are based on problem-solving, research, and use of numbers to understand the world. Ways to incorporate this content into math pedagogy can be found in the text Rethinking Mathematics. You can use numbers and maps to look at the impacts of housing discrimination, low minimum wage, and the school to prison pipeline. You can ask your students to think about ways to solve deep social problems.
"How can we reduce the number of losses of life to police violence? What are ways to end deep poverty? In science class, we learn about the world by asking questions that can be solved with research questions and materials. What questions do students have about healthcare? What are the innovations and inventions that we can design? It's also possible to take time out of math and science class to talk about how students are doing and feeling about the world around them. If we view students as humans first, and learners second, it's possible to see value in carving out necessary time to engage with our kids around the work of social change, organizing, and building power in the world that we live in."
Knowing the curriculum would be controversial, teachers and administrators like Edmonds, WA Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas have sent out emails ignoring the criticism of the organization, while creating a narrative that anyone who opposes it, is racist.
To introduce the controversial curriculum Bladeras wrote, "In addition to our Race and Equity Policy, our Board of Directors unanimously adopted the Resolution to Endorse Black Lives Matter in Edmonds Month of Action in January 2020. The resolution endorses and encourages teachers, staff and students to participate in the Black Lives Matter in Edmonds, Month of Action to be held during the month of February."
"The work our system must do to become an antiracist institution has been ongoing and will continue to be at the forefront of our efforts."
Bladeras then tried to cloak BLM's political agenda and discount the radical behavior associated with the movement. "As background, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social justice and civil rights movement with the goals of raising awareness of and responding to racism. Some have labeled BLM as political. We maintain that BLM is not inherently political or partisan, as does the US Office of Special Counsel, for federal employees, and further that display of the phrase or symbol does not violate district policy."
"Demonstrating support for BLM in a classroom (or on Zoom) context may become a flashpoint for some, and raises the possibility for disruption and conflict. Because BLM is an umbrella movement, it encompasses an array of ideas and groups. We have no control over meanings attached to it by other organizations, and in no way embrace BLM as a call to harm, harass or defund police. Its value in our context is as an appeal to identify and correct those practices that do not serve our students and staff who are Black, Indigenous and people of color."
The curriculum even included advice on how to pressure administrators and guilt parents who oppose the curriculum into accepting it into the classroom. You can even buy your very own BLM t-shirt for a modest fee available for students, parents and teachers who are encouraged to wear it to school.
A large portion of the curriculum contained sexual education content and is designed for all ages k-12 and even links to books about sex for children. The Q&A section even recognizes the curriculum may not be appropriate for all ages but has an answer for that as well.
The curriculum has been in place in school across the country for the last few years and been added to and refined each year. In February 2020 for Black History Month, rather than teach about the achievements and history of African Americans, the Adams Elementary PTA provided a curriculum loaded with links to progressive ideology including racism against whites, sexual topics, anti police, glorifying racist politicians and even recommending anti Israel books written by known Anti Semites. The "Social Justice" reading recommendations outline the complete ideology. Even though Dr. King allegedly said to a student in 1968, "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism.”
The Adams BLM curriculum listed the Democratic socialist "squad" members Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib under the headline of "Some Inspiration from Some Powerful Women of Color!" All three have a history of racially divisive comments including quoting or supporting anti Semites, while Tlaib has a track record of anti Semitic statements herself.
Yet in 1968, Dr. King advocated for saving Jews from socialism who were trapped behind the Iron Curtain. "We cannot sit complacently by the wayside while our Jewish brothers in the Soviet Union face the possible extinction of their cultural and spiritual life. Those that sit at rest, while others take pains, are tender turtles and buy their quiet with disgrace."
This is what your children will be studying in school this year instead of Dr. King and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.