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WATCH: Student berated by teacher for taking colorblind approach to race

"I don't believe that you believe that. I don't believe that you look at this as just two people," the teacher says, "I don't think you can look at this as just two people."

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A high school student in a Loudon County, Virginia school, was berated by his teacher during a Zoom call for not acknowledging race. At issue was a slide the teacher presented, showing two women standing back to back. This is one of the wealthiest school districts in the country.

"Tell me what this seems to be a picture of?" Asks the teacher. The slide shows two women on one side, with the caption "what is race" on the other. The two women have different hair and skin tones.

This lesson was during a college-level English course, according to Chrissy Clark at The Daily Wire. The school is located in Ashburn, in Loudon County.

"That's just two people chillin," the male-voiced student responds.

"Right, just two people, there's nothing more to this picture?" The teacher asks.

"Nah, not really, just two people chilling," the student affirms.

"I don't believe that you believe that. I don't believe that you look at this as just two people," the teacher says, "I don't think you can look at this as just two people."

"It truly is just two people, is it not?" The student asks.

"I think you're being, I think you're being, um I think you're being intentionally coy about what this is a picture of," the teacher presses.

The student laughs. "What am I being coy about? It's two people standing back to back in a picture."

"Yeah, and that's all you see, is two people," the teacher asks incredulously.

"I'm confused as to what you would like me to speak on in that sense," the student replies.

The teacher gets testy, saying "I don't think you are. I don't know why you do this, um. I'm not trying to call you about, but you could, you raised, you come out off of mute to talk about what this is a picture of and act as if, y'know, there's nothing noticeable about this apart from the fact that it's two people."

"Well I'm confused, are you trying to get me to say that there are two different races in this picture?"

"Yes! I am asking you to say that," says the teacher.

"Well, at the end of the day," says the student, "wouldn't that just be feeding into the problem of just looking at race instead of just acknowledging them as two normal people?"

"No it's not, because you can't not look at, you can't ack—you can't look at the people and not acknowledge that there are racial differences, right?"

"But if we're going for, let's say we're looking for equality within all of this, then why would we need to point out things such as that?" The student asks.

"Because those differences are real things," the teacher instructs.

Clark reported that after this video became public, parents contacted the school board wanted to know why this kind of divisive, critical race theory was being taught in school.

School board member Beth Barts said in a Facebook post that the school was not teaching this course of study, but said instead that they were "learning" about it as one of many theories.

That post read: "For the parents who emailed us about the slides from a high school class that they felt indicated LCPS is teaching Critical Race Theory and demanded we seek answers.

"The video (that has now made its way to social media) is an excerpt of a class discussion in a 'Dual Enrollment College Level English course' (note the college) in which students were exposed to different literacy theories as a way of critiquing different pieces of literature. CRT was an example of a theory that can be applied to literary criticism. Other theories such as structuralism, deconstructionism, and feminism were also shared."

Bart's conclusion was that "LCPS is not teaching CRT nor has our staff been trained in CRT."

However, Bart, who has been on the school board since her 2019 election, is reported to have a "reputation" for lashing out at parents. She was removed from her committee assignments as of March 9, and has been a proponent of divisive racial instruction, such as the kind that happened on the Zoom call.

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