Resistance to CRT has awakened a ‘sleeping giant’, say supporters

John Amanchukwu
John Amanchukwu speaks during a protest outside the Loudoun County Public Schools headquarters in Broadlands, Virginia on September 13, 2022. |

BROADLANDS, Va. — Parental rights advocates and community activists in Loudoun County, Va., continue to resist what they say is the infusion of critical race theory into the curriculum amid heightened awareness of what students are learning in a post-COVID world.

Gathered outside the Loudoun County Public School headquarters, a crowd of about 200 gathered for the ERACED rally on Tuesday afternoon ahead of an LCPS school board meeting.

Organized by local activist groups and moderated by co-organizers Clint Thomas and Elicia Brand, the rally featured a roster of speakers who have been at the forefront of resistance to what they believe to be the implementation of critical elements of race theory in course materials and implementation of official guidelines such as policy 8040.

The policy, which the school board officially adopted in August 2021, allows students to compete on sports teams and use restrooms and locker rooms based on their self-declared “gender identity.”

Protesters and counter-protesters hold signs during a rally outside the Loudoun County Public Schools headquarters in Broadlands, Virginia on September 13, 2022. |

College football player turned pastor John Amanchukwu, author of forthcoming book ERACED: Uncovering the Lies of Critical Race and Abortion Theorycalled critical race theory a racist ideology that promotes division at the expense of academic norms.

“How can there be progress in the public education system when the majority of black students in Loudoun County can’t read and do math at the right level? And while we’re talking about racism in these issues, black people are at the bottom of the totem pole,” Amanchukwu said from the stage.

“We need to get away from all this indoctrination and get back to teaching!” Turning Point USA contributor Faith continued to applaud.

Brittanica defines critical race theory as an “intellectual and social movement and a loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is… [a] socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Proponents of critical race theory “argue that racism is inherent in United States law and legal institutions insofar as they operate to create and maintain economic and political inequalities between whites and non-whites.” -whites, especially African Americans. »

Amanchukwu said the spirit behind ERACED, the name of the rally and his forthcoming book, is about everyone of equal blood and equal worth. The author argues that despite America’s past injustices against black people — such as slavery and Jim Crow laws — black people in the United States fare better than in any other country.

“What happens when it comes to those who are duped by critical race theory is that they are looking for an answer but they are looking in the wrong place,” Amanchukwu told the Christian Post in an article. interview after his speech.

“Critical race theory was a response to past atrocities that black people have endured. biblical framework.

Some proponents argue that those who oppose critical race theory oppose the teaching of the ugly legacy of racism in the United States. But Amanchuwu distinguished between teaching history in all its dimensions and indoctrinating young people with postmodern theoretical frameworks.

As teachers and education administrators spend more time on racial issues, he believes academics are being let down, reducing long-term opportunities for racial minorities.

“The reality is that critical race theory can hurt a white child’s feelings, but it destroys a black child’s future,” Amankchuwu told CP.

Loudoun County
Counter-protesters hold signs during a rally outside the Loudoun County Public Schools headquarters in Broadlands, Virginia on September 13, 2022. |

Positioned a short distance from the rally in the parking lot, a small group of about 20 counter-protesters held signs supporting critical race theory in education, containing words like “inclusion” and “justice.” One sign used CRT as an acronym for “Culturally Appropriate Teaching.”

At the school board meeting that followed the rally, Amanchukwu denounced critical race theory as racist and condescending.

“Black people are not victims, nor do we need to be appeased by divisive Marxist ideologies that are masked by love but only fuel racial tensions,” he said. he said at the meeting, calling the teaching standards “an attack on human decency.”

Julie Strauss Levin, senior legal adviser at the America First Legal Foundation and a member of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Commission on Combating Anti-Semitism, believes that what has been invigorated by the uprising of mothers and fathers in the county de Loudoun is the centrality of the parent-child relationship, something the US Constitution recognizes as sacred.

“Parents have a fundamental constitutional right to raise their children, and schools are there to support parents” and teach objectively, she said.

Levin argues that as parents became more aware of what their children were learning in school during the COVID-19 pandemic, they were pushed to resist.

“What Loudoun County has done is basically wake up the sleeping giant that is America’s parents,” she said.

“Let’s hope that the tone continues to rise and that American parents realize that it is their right and their responsibility to take care of their children.”

During his remarks from the crowd, Levin pointed out that what parents instinctively did to resist the school board is protected by the Protection of Students’ Rights Amendment (PPRA).

Federal law, according to the U.S. Department of Education, “provides certain rights to parents of students regarding, among other things, student participation in surveys, inspection of instructional materials, certain physical examinations, and collection, disclosure and use of personal information for marketing purposes.”

Cheryl Onderchain and Beth Hess, president and vice president of the Loudoun County Moms for Liberty chapter, stressed that parents in Northern Virginia are determined to fight for their children, no matter the cost, and only do begin. Hess stressed the importance of staying alert.

“Parents have to keep up to date with everything their kids are doing. You can’t sit around. You have to watch their homework all the time,” Hess said, saying ideological content is insidiously slipped into every topic.

But the problem goes beyond the Loudoun County school board and local teachers, Hess believes, because the whole system needs an overhaul.

“Governor Youngkin needs to redo the entire Virginia Department of Education. There are laws on the books in VDOE policies that need to be changed, and until that changes, we’re not going anywhere,” she added.

Onderchain added that the proverbial “genius is out of the bottle” and schools now want parents to return to pre-COVID relative ignorance. But she said that wouldn’t happen.

“We’ll never take our eyes off the ball again. We can’t… and more people need to stand up,” Onderchain said.

Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools and senior adviser to America First Legal, says what germinated in northern Virginia had a ripple effect across the country.

In an interview next to the speaker stage, Prior recalled that wherever he goes across the country where school lawsuits have been filed, people talk about Loudoun County and how parents have them. inspired to take similar action.

“Despite the fact that the educational and industrial complex is so vast, there are more parents than bureaucrats,” Prior said.

The ERACED rally ended around 6 p.m.

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