Charlestown High School Teachers Share Lessons Teaching That It’s OK For Black People To Assassinate And Riot Because They Are Oppressed
This is a link to the Boston Teacher’s Union website that outlines ethnic studies courses taught by Boston Public Schools teachers. One of the links on that page goes to this page about three teachers at Charlestown High School – Katie Li, Caitlyn Castillejo, and Caroline Smith.
Caroline Smith went to Smith College, an expensive private school that radicalizes students into accepting communist orthodoxy as fact. Caitlyn Castillejo graduated from the very expensive, non-diverse Boston College.
Katie Li was featured in a Vice article about why schools needed to teach immigration classes, and why Donald Trump’s immigration proposals were bad.
Lesson plans such as these offer educators a way to open a dialogue around immigration—but first, teachers need to track down the right materials for their particular mix of students, according to Katie Li, a language arts teacher at Charlestown High School, just outside of Boston. Li’s students hail from China, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America, among other regions.
By “open a dialogue around immigration,” she doesn’t mean legal immigration. They specifically mean “teach kids that coming to this country illegally is the same thing as coming to the country legally.”
The BTU page above outlines what they’re doing to create units and assignments around “oppression, resistance, and narrative structure,” as well as “guides for students to create their own narratives that show both oppression and resistance as experienced by an invented character.” At the bottom of the page there is a link you can click on to download some of the lessons being taught in their classrooms about oppression and resistance. One is titled “forms of resistance.”
Notice at the top it lists examples that the teachers came up with of when oppression happens at the “instituional” level:
Trump building a wall on the border so it is harder for “Latinos” to enter the United States is oppression. What they forgot to mention is that the border is supposed to stop people from entering this country illegally, because it’s a huge problem. Last month tens of thousands of Haitian people, who are not Latino, attempted to cross the border illegally. But yea, international borders are oppressive to Latinos and Latinos only. Living in your own country is oppressive, which means that literally everyone who doesn’t live in the United States is oppressed, yet they’re trying to get into a country that only oppresses people who look like them.
The units teach kids exactly what critical race theory is based around – some people are oppressed while others are oppressors. Kids are taught to focus on ways in which they are oppressed by their race.
From there they are asked to come up with a hypothetical way in which they can fight oppression. The teachers give them choices such as fighting, riots, and assassination.
This is what the schools are teaching your children – assassination is an understandable, borderline appropriate way for oppressed people to resist their oppression.
Another lesson teaches students that Darren Wilson got away with killing Michael Brown because “the court’s jury for the trial had nine white people and three black people,” and that they chose not to punish Wilson which upset all black people.
- A grand jury is not the same thing as a jury. Grand juries do not decide if people are guilty or not guilty. They decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial, which they did not.
- The racial composition of the grand jury was proportional to the racial composition of St. Louis County.
- Three of the members of the grand jury were black, and these white teachers have essentially stripped them of their blackness by suggesting that real black people believe that Darren Wilson should go to jail for defending himself from the violent 300 pound offender who tried to take his gun.
- Black people are not a monolith and do not all think alike. It’s extremely racist of these teachers to suggest that to kids.
- To frame the Michael Brown shooting as an example of oppression is not only a blatant lie, it’s also divisive and libelous.
They offer examples of student responses they could use that includes:
- Grand juries not punishing white police officers for crimes they didn’t commit is an example of institutional racism.
- The fact that nine people on the jury were white and three were black was an example of institutional racism.
- The white people on the grand jury protected the white police officer and treated Michael Brown “unfairly,” but makes no mention of the fact that three members of the grand jury were black.
- Black people who damaged police cars and set fires were doing so to “resist institutional racism” because “the police and courts treat them unfairly.”
They teach kids over and over again that the police “kill more black people than white people,” which is a complete lie since police kill twice the amount of white people than black people annually. They also teach kids that rioting outside of police stations is a way to resist oppression for black people.
They also teach kids about wealth inequality is a bad thing, which is exactly the kind of thing you’d say if you were a communist trying to brainwash other people’s children.
They teach kids that half the children in this country are people of color, which is completely made up. They teach that book publishers don’t sell children’s books with protagonists of color because nobody will buy them, and that racist white teachers don’t want to “give books to students that reflect the experience of children of color.”
Finally there is a worksheet about types and levels of oppression that is partially filled in that kids must complete. It lists the dominant group as “white people” and students must identify the group that white people oppress (black and brown people), and what type of oppression it is (racism). The entire thing basically teaches kids that straight white men are actively oppressing people of color, women, and the LGBT community.
These same people will tell you to your face that the schools aren’t teaching critical race theory because they don’t consider this to be critical race theory. But it is, and it has no business being taught in the public schools. If they don’t want to call it CRT then we can start calling it what it really is – anti-white communist indoctrination.
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