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California school instructs third graders to rank themselves according to ‘power and privilege’

R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in San Jose, California reportedly held a lesson on “social identities” during a math class.

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Third grade is a year of great academic growth, when students are challenged to accomplish a wide variety of skills from advanced multiplication and division, to reading chapter books and non-fiction, to learning cursive and more. 

A public elementary school in California is taking a different route, teaching their third-grade students how to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities in order to understand “power and privilege,” according to the Daily Caller 

R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in San Jose, California reportedly held a lesson on “social identities” during a math class, during which the teacher required students to list their race, class, gender, religion and family structure in an “identity map,” Discovery Institute scholar Christopher Rufo reported. 

The teacher began the lesson by telling the eight and nine year old students that they live in a “dominant culture,” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able bodied, Christian individuals” who “created and maintained” this culture to “hold power and stay in power.” 

While most teachers read their third graders books like Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, this teacher read to the students from This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, teaching them the theory of “intersectionality.” 

The book claims that “those with privilege have power over others” and that “folx who do not benefit from their social identities…have little to no privilege and power.” 

Students were then instructed to create an “identity map,” listing their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender and age. 

Imagine asking a third grader to identify their socioeconomic status. 

Just wait, it gets worse. 

Students then had to circle the identities “that hold power and privilege.” White, middle class, cisgender male, and Christian were reportedly among the characteristics listed as having power and privilege. 

Once parents learned of the lesson, many were angered. A group of six families reportedly met with the school’s principal to demand these types of lessons be terminated, to which the administration agreed. 

“They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old,” one parent said to Rufo. 

Jenn Lashier, the principal of Meyerholz Elementary, told Rufo that the lesson was not part of the “formal curricula, but the process of daily learning facilitated by a certified teacher.”

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  1. Linda

    January 14, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Many parents?? Not most if not all parents?? Wow! This is exactly why we’re where we are today. We’ve lost traditional culture and norms. Our children’s minds are being poisoned and abused. Just “many parents”?? Was this teacher reprimanded? Doubtful. We are going to see a surge in private, charter schools and home schooling. At least for now until they are outlawed. Wake up parents. Wake up American citizens. Or study the contents of Animal Farm and 1984. You’ll need to be well versed when you’re living them.

  2. Daniel Sullivan

    January 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

    It’s sick and wrong. Luv ya Leo

  3. R Ross

    January 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Pure indoctrination. As a retired teacher, I am glad the parents are involved in their children’s education. Thank Heavens they spoke up. It is so wrong to teach our young children to separate themselves from their friends by color, race, etc. Left to their own devices, children are loving and inclusive. They need to be taught that differences define us. Sad, because they are defenseless against this garbage teaching. Totally inappropriate!

  4. teresa

    January 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    disgusting – and i hope every parent debunks this nonsense and tells their child to be very proud of who they are. where in the cirruclumn these days is that important to teach! many many parents work damn hard to give their children a good life – if others don’t have it it’s not the problem of those who do! also there are many things people can do today to get ahead – if they choose to! dont just complain do something with your life for your kids and stop telling others they need to apologize

  5. David Kleimola

    January 17, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Time for parents to home school or enroll children in a parochial school.

  6. JBS

    January 18, 2021 at 9:29 am

    In China they have 3rd graders working on calculus. in the U.S. we have teachers telling our students they’re racist if they are white. It’s no wonder the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in science and engineering.

  7. Donna Schnupp

    January 18, 2021 at 10:03 am

    This is totally ridiculous, that kind of talk has No Business in School,at all.That teacher shluld be let go!

  8. Linda

    January 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

    What the heck does this have to do with math? And why is it allowed at all? Folx???

  9. Travis Creed

    January 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Nothing like starting early if ruining childhood is the goal. I don’t recall my own experience, but I have vivid, fond memories of my son’s third grade year. We lived in Little Rock, Arkansas. My son was large for his age and fairly athletic. When it came time to sign up for youth basketball at the local boys and girls club, I simply put my son in the draft. I was unaware that teams were formed outside of the draft by parents in various “clicks.” My son was drafted by a coach who was an African American fireman. Coach L.J. was a large man with a booming voice and he did not suffer fools. This was the first basketball team my son had ever been a part of and he was one of only two white kids. In short, this was exactly the situation I wanted him in as it was far more reflective of real life than an all white team full of kids he already knew. The relationship with Coach L.J. led to my son joining an AAU travel team across the river in North Little Rock. The kids on that team were all African American and ranged from middle class to near poverty level. Some were in two-parent homes, some were not. My son was well behind most of the kids athletically, but he was big and showed promise. More importantly, he was making friends from different circumstances than his own. Yes, he knew he was white and his teammates were black, but children that age don’t care. They play together without prejudice, racism or any other “ism”, as it should be. Despite having grown up with many African American friends, it took some time for me to feel comfortable being the only white face in the building, but our family was welcome everywhere we went despite being in the distinct minority. We all suffered when one of the kids and his brother were killed in a tragic car accident. My little guy got up and spoke at his friend’s funeral, experiencing profound loss at ten years old. There was no thought of race or socioeconomic circumstances, we were all just people in pain. The team stayed together and the games continued, but the reality of life and death shaped the experience. We moved away a couple of years later, but the friendships continued.

    My son is now 24 and still has fond memories of the kids, coaches and parents. The head coach and I remained friends until his tragic death a few years ago. We talked often and got together each year at the SEC tournament to watch one of the kids play for the Florida Gators. I am thankful that critical race theory was not a thing when my children were young. I can’t imagine what that kind of poison would have done to the little guys I knew. If we don’t collectively come to our senses, the kind of meaningful, impactful experience described herein will no longer be available. What a shame that would be.

  10. teresa

    January 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    schools have become “teaching” grounds for hate – they don’t think they are but they are!!!! stop brainwashing kids. newsflash kids grow up and are influenced by many things so all the hate you have tried to create the adult will make their own decisions. some go on to dislike the very thing the teachers tried to get them to like! you can’ make people like you, love you or notice you!

  11. Joan of Arc

    January 29, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    jew communists and zionists are gonna jew, until us Americans of European or African origins put them in the ground, like they wish of us all. Wake up!

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‘Tis the Season For Social Justice Messages on NFL Helmets, End Zones and Hats

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force

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NFL Social Justice

Football season is upon us, despite liberal leadership’s cancel culture in full force. Stenciled in the helmets this year, players can choose from six phrases: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say their Stories.”

The end zones will read, for the second straight year, “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.” The league is also bringing back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and begin a new one where each team will “highlight its social justice work during a regular-season home game in Weeks 17 and 18.”

“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long term,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. All of the initiatives “will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage” added Isaacson. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”

End zone stencils will remain in place for all home games except when another specific cause is to be recognized, such as the Salute to Service game. “Salute To Service” will replace “End Racism” in one end zone and “It Takes All of Us” will still remain in the opposite end zone,

Another addition will be a knit hat that can be worn on the sidelines of Weeks 17 and 18 by players, coaches, and other personnel “to add visibility to the cause.” The hat will also be sold at retail, and “100% of the league’s proceeds will be donated to Inspire Change grant recipients.”

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Racist Rock: Boulder Removed from UW-Madison ‘Painful History of Discrimination’

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is spending somewhere between $30,000 and $75,000 for good use; to move a rock. But not just any rock, no, this is a racist rock. “Chamberlin Rock, located on top of Observatory Hill, is named in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

However, “for some students of color on campus, the rock represents a painful history of discrimination” the article explains. The 70-ton boulder was removed from the “heart of campus” at 6:30 am Friday morning following demands from students over the past year.

The boulder will be moved to university-owned land southeast of Madison near Lake Kegonsa. In its place, the university plans to place a plaque to honor the former university president. Wisconsin State Journal reports:

The boulder was referred to as a “n——-head” — a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock — at least once in a 1925 Wisconsin State Journal story. University historians have not found any other time that the term was used but said the Ku Klux Klan was active on campus at that time.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank approved the removal of Chamberlin Rock in January but the Wisconsin Historical Society needed to sign off on the rock’s removal because it was located within 15 feet of a Native American burial site…

… The Black Student Union led the call to remove the rock last summer. Nalah McWhorter, the group’s president and a UW-Madison senior, said in an interview this summer that the demands to remove the boulder had been around even before she arrived on campus three years ago.

“I’m grateful that we have had the opportunity to do this and that the rock will be removed,” she said. “It was our demand, and it was something that we put all the work in for.”

The Black Student Union worked with Wunk Sheek, an Indigenous student organization on campus, to lobby for the rock’s removal.

“We did all these presentations,” McWhorter said. “We went through all of these meetings during an academic year with a lot of other stuff going on, so the work really relied on us, as students, and as Black students.”

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