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The Fairfax Democratic Committee appears to have organized the controversial event where Michelle Leete said “let them die” while its chair applauded that line, according to video of the event.Fox News and other outlets reported on the event in which Leete, a member of the local NAACP chapter, prompted applause after she appeared to call for the deaths of critical race theory (CRT) opponents.On its website, the Fairfax Democratic Committee posted a flyer for the a “Rally in Support of Student Health and Public Education.” The event description included the location of the speech – Luther Jackson Middle School – as well as the date and time, said anti-CRT activist Asra Nomani, who took the original footage of Leete’s comments.Nomani’s own footage showed the party’s chair, Bryan Graham, nodding his head and applauding after Leete’s “let them die” line.‘LET THEM DIE’: FAIRFAX NAACP, PTA LEADER ATTACKS PEOPLE WHO ARE ‘ANTI-EQUITY,’ ‘ANTI-SOCIAL JUSTICE’The committee’s live stream also shows Graham – noticeable in a bright pink shirt – being introduced as a speaker.The committee did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Graham did not respond when contacted via Twitter.As Fox News previously noted, Leete used her speech to run through a litany of apparent political opponents before saying “let them die.””Let’s deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial … anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, [inaudible], anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-health care, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-health care, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live and let live – let them die!”According to The Washington Post, Leete said she intended to wish death on the various “ideals” from parents, not the parents themselves.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRegardless, the Fairfax Parent Teacher Association requested her resignation, which she granted amid the backlash. The Virginia Democratic Party did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.
More than two dozen public schools and school districts are pushing what critics say is a toxic kids’ book that features a “[W]hiteness” contract with a devilish figure.A list published Thursday shows districts or individual schools in more than a dozen states promoting the book “Not My Idea” by Anastasia Higginbotham. Released by anti-critical race theory activist Chris Rufo, the reporting focused on public schools or districts. One was a Native American tribal school. It’s unclear how many private schools have recommended or utilized the book. Fox News previously reported on another Manhattan private school that recommended the book for kids over 8 years old. Rufo also compiled a number of private schools, libraries, churches, and educational organizations that purportedly promoted the book in some way.ILLINOIS TEACHER SUES SCHOOL DISTRICT, CLAIMS ‘EQUITY’ PUSH VIOLATES US CONSTITUTIONThe controversial book, which has been the subject of a recent lawsuit, contains a scene where a demonic figure offers the main character a “contract binding you to WHITENESS.” The imaginary terms offer “stolen land,” “stolen riches,” and “special favors.” It adds that “WHITENESS gets” “your soul” and “to mess endlessly with the lives of your friends, neighbors, loved ones, and all fellow humans of COLOR.” The end contains a section for signature and notes “[l]and, riches, and favors may be revoked at any time, for any reason.”Prior to presenting the contract, the book tells White readers they’re fighting for their own liberation in opposing White supremacy. “White supremacy has been lying to kids for centuries,” it reads. “White supremacy is pretend. But the consequences are real.”Part of the book reads: “Skin color makes a difference in how the world sees you and in how you see the world” as well as “your skin color affects the most ordinary daily experiences.” Yet another reads: “Racism is a [W]hite person’s problem and we are all caught up in it.”NYC PRIVATE SCHOOL HOLDING EVENT ON ‘RAISING OUR BABIES TO VALUE ANTI-RACISM’Rufo’s list reveals the various ways in which schools have used the book. Many of the districts identified have suggested the book as part of recommended reading lists. Thursday’s revelations will likely add fuel to an already raging debate over the proliferation of highly racial content in schools. Last week, a firm in Rufo’s legal coalition raised the stakes by suing an Illinois school district for, among other things, directing teachers to read “Not My Idea.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIt’s unclear how many teachers have included the portion with the devilish character offering the whiteness contract. Rufo linked to several videos in which teachers or other staff read the book aloud in presentations purportedly intended for children. One was for a presentation to preschool-aged children. That particular reading appeared to omit the pages with the apparently demonic contract, as did two others.Three, however, did use that page. One showed a principal merely flashing the page and offering it as an additional activity.
The man poised to serve as Manhattan’s next district attorney has proposed scaling back a series of law enforcement efforts while the city undergoes a sharp uptick in crime – raising questions about the future of public safety in the Big Apple. Prosecutor Alvin Bragg effectively became the Democratic nominee on Friday when his more moderate opponent Tali Farhadian Weinstein conceded, teeing up an expected general election victory in the heavily Democratic city. Endorsed by The New York Times and with money from a Soros-backed group, Bragg represents a growing trend of soft-on-crime candidates advancing in major cities. A former federal prosecutor who now teaches at New York Law School, Bragg worked as a civil rights lawyer before entering government service. He currently represents the mother of Eric Garner in a judicial inquiry into his 2014 death after being placed in a police chokehold.Bragg said he was drawn to a career in law after having a gun pointed at him six times as a youth – three times by police. In one encounter, amid the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, Bragg said an officer stuck a gun in his face and wrongly accused him of being a drug dealer as he walked to get groceries for his father.ALVIN BRAGG POISED TO BE MANHATTAN’S FIRST BLACK DAAmong other things, Bragg wants to cap all sentencing at 20 years and categorically cancel pre-trial detention for crimes other than homicide. He also says he’ll refuse to prosecute a long list of lower-level crimes.”Our courts have been clogged with petty offenses for too long. From smoking marijuana to jumping a turnstile, our criminal courts spend far too much time treating minor offenses with the same blunt instruments used to address homicides and other violent crimes,” he says on his website. He added that “I have seen the detrimental impacts of these prosecutions myself for decades. I saw this first as a kid growing up in Harlem and then, as an adult, as a criminal defense attorney and civil rights leader assisting friends, family and clients arrested for all kinds of conduct that has nothing to do with public safety.”His positions have prompted concerns that as district attorney, Bragg would plunge the city into the depths of crime seen in other major cities MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY CY VANCE, WHO SOUGHT TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS, TO RETIRE”[C]ertain details of his policies sound suspiciously like the formula that has led to needless death and disorder in other progressive cities,” wrote City Journal’s Thomas Hogan.Thomas Kenniff, a defense attorney and Bragg’s GOP opponent, similarly told Fox News that Bragg’s policies were the opposite of what Manhattan needed.”Given what I say is a humanitarian crisis going on in the streets of New York City, this is not a moment in time when we should be experimenting with new age criminal justice policies,” he said on Tuesday.”If anything, we should be looking into or talking about how do we double down on the policies that have worked over the last 30 years … We should be talking about how we get tougher on crime, not softer on crime.”MANHATTAN DA CANDIDATES RUN ON SOFT-ON-CRIME POLICIESKenniff argued that Manhattan should return to “broken window” policing that he says was “the template for taking New York City from perhaps the most dangerous big city in America to the safest.” He also criticized Bragg for attempting to expand on current District Attorney Cy Vance’s bail reform efforts. Vance announced in January of 2020 that he would no longer request cash bail for a variety of misdemeanors and violations. Meanwhile, Bragg has argued that current reforms may have exacerbated racial disparities. His website says he intends to make pre-trial detention the exception, not the rule.”Not only is cash bail a tax on being poor, it is also simply not effective. Studies have consistently shown that cash bail does little to ensure the safety and well-being of the public,” he said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Instead, the evidence shows that sending text messages and other alternatives to cash bail is a proven and more cost-effective method in getting people to come back to court and reducing rearrests while their case is pending.”Bragg’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
An Ohio private school is denying reenrollment to several students, alleging that their mothers breached part of their contract by leading a public campaign against the school’s purported attempt to “indoctrinate” students with left-wing ideas.The decision capped off months of efforts by parents Andrea Gross and Amy Gonzalez to probe Columbus Academy’s (CA) activities, which allegedly included divisive concepts about race and anti-conservative sentiment.Fox News has obtained copies of the school’s letters notifying Gross and Gonzalez, who lead the Pro-CA Coalition, of the decision. The school, which includes pre-K through 12th grade students, effectively expelled two of Gross’ children and one of Gonzalez’s. According to the moms, their coalition includes hundreds of other CA parents who are also concerned about recent changes to school materials.The mothers argued to Fox News that CA was unjustly punishing their children for their parents’ activism. School officials, however, maintain that the two moms’ conduct blocked the type of “positive and constructive working relationship” they agreed to in the enrollment agreement they signed.CRITICAL RACE THEORY: DIVERSE GROUP OF MOTHERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPEAK OUTThe letters show Columbus Academy leaders alleging that moms had “pursued a course of action that has been anything but civil, respectful and faithful to the facts.””Instead,” they add, “you have engaged in a campaign against Columbus Academy through a sustained, and increasingly inflammatory, series of false and misleading attacks on the School and its leadership.””Your actions caused pain, and even fear for physical safety, among students, families, faculty, and staff,” said CA Head of School Melissa Soderberg and Board of Trustees President Jonathan Kass.It’s unclear what all the incidents the school was referring to, but Kass and Soderberg alluded to several examples, including a purported attempt to redirect donations and withhold tuition from the school – an accusation that Gross and Gonzalez deny.The letter reads: “You have taken steps to explore how you, and with your encouragement, others, could withhold tuition payments and place them in escrow until your demands are met. You have also discussed pursuing charitable entity status for your organization, in the stated hope of persuading Columbus Academy donors to re-direct their contributions to your organization where you could use the funds as leverage to pursue your agenda.”WHAT IS CRITICAL RACE THEORY?A spokesperson for CA declined to comment on specific cases, but more generally restated the school’s position on “attacks” leveled by parents.”Columbus Academy does not comment on the circumstances of any student or family. However, any parent who waged a public campaign of false and misleading statements and inflammatory attacks harmful to the employees, the reputation, or the financial stability of Columbus Academy would be in clear violation of the Enrollment Agreement and would be denied re-enrollment for the following school year,” the spokesperson said. During an episode of the “Blunt Force Truth” podcast in April, Gonzalez and Gross had entertained the idea of withholding payments after suggestions from the podcast’s hosts.”These people on the left are just like everybody else on the left. You can’t reason with them. You can’t deal with them. The only thing you can do is defeat them,” the host said. Gross appeared to say, “We’re trying.”At another point, host Mark Young said: “You have 400 families or 400 parents that are in your group – has anyone ever thought of the idea of escrowing all of your payments into an escrow account en masse until you get accountability and get answers?”VIRGINIA PARENTS PUSH BACK AGAINST CRITICAL RACE THEORY, ‘WON’T STAND FOR LOWERING EDUCATION STANDARDS’Gross replied: “No, that’s a good idea.”Gonzalez also seemed to go along with Young’s and co-host’s Chuck Woolery’s suggestions that they target individual employees rather than the school as a whole – something Gonzalez likened to tactics used by left-wing radical Saul Alinsky.The following is a transcript of their exchange:Young: “So, who on this school board owns business, who in this school board holds a position that could be brought pressure on? Who amongst these people, including the teachers, could you start to file some type of ethnic intimidation criminal charges against? If it was me, I would be raining down terror …”VIRGINIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR OPPOSING GENDER POLICY MUST BE REINSTATED, JUDGE RULESGonzalez: “Well, I believe that’s what also Saul Alinsky – correct? Because it’s a lot easier to go for an individual than an institution.”Woolery: “Exactly, you have to isolate them just like you said.”Gonzalez: “It’s harder to make an institution hurt as opposed to an individual.”Young: “That’s exactly what I’m saying to you.”Gonzalez: “Right.”Young: “This is Saul Alinsky that I’m talking about. How do we divide them? How do we make them fight amongst each other? How do we turn the attack personal? How do we go after them on an individual basis? How do we cut off their money because that’s how they’re going to collapse and that will collapse them faster than a lawsuit because if just in a blanket lawsuit against the school, the school is going to pay for it, it’s going to be your tuition that’s going to pay …. no one’s going to dig in their own pocket if you sue the institution.”Gonzalez: “Right.”VIRGINIA DAD SPEAKS OUT ON VIRAL RANT AGAINST SCHOOL CLOSURES: ‘MY BLOOD STARTED BOILING’Gross, at one point, also suggested Pro-CA Coalition was a throwback to Alinsky: “If you’re not for us, you’re against us.”Gross distanced herself from Alinsky, suggesting she tried understanding his tactics in order to understand the school’s actions.”Saul Alinsky was an American community activist whose ideologies are firmly based in Marxism,” she said in a statement to Fox News. “Unfortunately, we noticed a large number of parents telling us that after going to school leadership to address concerns, the school responded by making each family feel isolated, marginalized and intimidated. These are the tactics of Alinsky.”We believe that in order to most effectively communicate, we must understand others’ ideas and opinions. Any review of Saul Alinsky was in an attempt to better understand and communicate with the school and school leadership.”The two moms told Fox News the school’s tuition-related accusations were likely also referring to a May 19 Zoom call but maintained that they never proceeded with any formal implementation.VIRGINIA TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER SPEECH DISPUTING ‘BIOLOGICAL BOY CAN BE A GIRL AND VICE VERSA’Two other CA parents who also belong to Pro-CA coalition told Fox News the idea was mentioned as a form of brainstorming rather than a formal proposal. “[I]t was nothing that we had organized or coerced anybody to do — and in fact I completely forgot about it,” said one parent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.Another wrote via email: “The idea of withholding further donations to the school was posed as a question, and was asked what the groups thoughts were regarding the idea.”CA’s letters also accused Gross and Gonzalez of using a “sham” video and making false claims about bomb-sniffing dogs at the school. “Among other things, no bomb sniffing dogs were brought to campus – the Gahanna Police Department does not even have dogs, bomb sniffing or otherwise – and there were never police cars with flashing lights,” the letter to Gross reads.Gross and Gonzalez maintain, however, that it wasn’t the local police that were on campus and it’s unclear who was. As part of the mothers’ ongoing campaign, they say they’ve collected a number of sworn affidavits testifying to incidents at the school.MOTHERS OF OHIO STUDENTS CALL OUT CANCEL CULTUREOne of those is a joint affidavit between a father, who wishes to remain anonymous, and his son, whose name is redacted from the copy obtained by Fox News. It appears to corroborate the allegation that some type of officer was on the CA campus with a dog.It reads: “During the week of April 12, 2021, I was told by several Columbus Academy parents, students reported bomb sniffing dogs on the Columbus Academy campus during school hours. When asked, my son confirmed seeing a ‘police type dog with a handler outside of the cafeteria.’ My son was unable to tell me what type of officer was handling the dog as he indicated he ‘was not paying close attention to the type of officer.’”Still, CA spokesman Dan Williamson told Fox News: “No police dogs – from the local police department or any other law enforcement agency – were on the Columbus Academy campus.” “I can categorically tell you that none were requested by Columbus Academy,” he added.‘ARMY OF MOMS’ LEADING CHARGE AGAINST CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN VIRGINIA SCHOOLS: IAN PRIORColumbus Academy reflects a national trend: Division created by racial, politicized contentGross and Gonzalez’s battle is one that’s being fought by many parents across the U.S. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, parents have reported being blindsided by racial content and encountering road blocks while seeking accountability from administrators.The changes are especially personal for Gross and Gonzalez, who say their children have been attending CA since they were little. Not only did Gross’ husband graduate from CA in the ’80s, her daughter was also about to enter her junior year when the school declined reenrollment.”My whole family loves Columbus Academy,” said Gross’ husband, Michael, in a statement to Fox News. “My years there and the school’s focus on academic excellence really shaped who I am today. My closest friends are my classmates from Columbus Academy. Unfortunately, in the last few years, I have witnessed the school shift the focus from academic excellence and stray from their ‘quest for the best’ to one of intolerance and divisiveness. It is sad to watch the school lose its way because it is a great institution with 110 years of outstanding history.”LEO TERRELL RIPS OBAMA: ‘LAST PERSON ON EARTH’ WHO SHOULD PROMOTE CRITICAL RACE THEORYSchools like CA have generally defended so-called “anti-racist” or equity-focused content as ways to enhance inclusion among students. However, parents’ complaints and school materials often reveal highly controversial content that critics say causes even more division.The Pro-CA Coalition has collected a series of signed affidavits attesting to not only left-leaning ideas about race, but anti-conservative bias among faculty as well.One reads: “As loyal Columbus Academy (CA) community members for the past 11 years, we feel obligated to share recent experiences that concern us as they demonstrate a shift away from an inclusive, safe and positive learning environment toward a politically charged, polarized one.””What we are witnessing,” adds the affidavit with a redacted author, “is not in alignment with the nurturing school we have known for so long; indeed the emotional impact on our child compels us to communicate.” It goes on to claim that the signatory’s child “has learned not to share his opinion.” It claims that the “recent overarching political tone has left him feeling depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, and silenced.”When Gross and Gonzalez met with the school earlier this year, they presented a long list of purported incidents but claim they didn’t receive an adequate response. In a lengthy statement sent to Fox News, Williamson described CA’s handling of the issue.”In early February, we received a letter from two members of our school community who said they represented a larger coalition of parents with concerns about Columbus Academy,” he said. “Through their letter and a virtual meeting with school leadership, the two parents shared a list of specific grievances. This list included a combination of concerns, some of which had been previously raised by parents and addressed by the school as well as some that had not been brought to the school’s attention before. Regardless of which category these grievances fell into, Columbus Academy leadership reviewed each and every concern and reported its findings on them to the Board of Trustees.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”As a result of this process, the administration and the board identified four areas in which the school can improve in order to continue the positive evolution of its mission and values.”They included: “Reinforcing the principle that diverse opinions are to be welcomed and respectfully expressed in the classroom”; “[e]nsuring that the discussion of political issues in classroom settings is done in a way that encourages diverse points of view and is appropriate for different grade levels”; “[i]mproving student-to-student interactions both in person and online in order to reduce, and ideally eliminate, incendiary and accusatory behavior” and “[r]evisiting how Columbus Academy structures learning support in each division in accordance with our mission, values, and Strategic Vision.” Fox News’ Teny Sahakian contributed to this report.
The National Education Association (NEA) adopted a measure designed to thwart the ongoing campaign against so-called “anti-racist” education, which critics have described as a form of neo-racism.”NEA will research the organizations attacking educators doing anti-racist work and/or use the research already done and put together a list of resources and recommendations for state affiliates, locals, and individual educators to utilize when they are attacked,” the measure reads on NEA’s website. “The research, resources, and recommendations will be shared with members through NEA’s social media, an article in NEA Today, and a recorded virtual presentation/webinar.”AMERICA’S LARGEST TEACHERS’ UNION TO VOTE ON MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATIONS, MASKS AND TESTING FOR STUDENTSThe NEA did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The Manhattan Institute’s Chris Rufo, who has been leading the battle against critical race theory and related ideas, responded via Twitter on Thursday. “The national teachers union is funding an attack machine against me, @Gundisalvus, and our allies,” he tweeted, tagging Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation. “We were born for this fight—and will show no mercy to the corrupt ideologues who are ruining American education. Swords up!”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBilled at $56,500, the measure was marked as “adopted as amended.” It specifically called out groups like the Heritage Foundation, which has published anti-CRT messaging from Rufo. “The attacks on anti-racist teachers are increasing, coordinated by well-funded organizations such as the Heritage Foundation,” it reads. “We need to be better prepared to respond to these attacks so that our members can continue this important work.”
California State University East Bay (CSUEB) is reportedly offering $1,200 for faculty to attend a professional development program that seeks to understand how Whiteness can be “eradicated.”The College Fix reported Tuesday on the program, which is set for July and will involve multiple sessions on “critical race theory,” “becoming an anti-racist educator” and other topics. The university had issued a “call for self-nominations” that was due on May 21, according to the document obtained and published by the Fix.The introductory section reads in part: “So how do we counter the stories we have been told and that we might even (re)tell to ourselves about how teaching and learning should be? How do we equip ourselves with the knowledge, tools, resources and beloved community to counter the systems of oppression, particularly racism, that saturates us? How can our vigilant work in countering racism also aim toward liberatory conditions where whiteness has been eradicated?”BRANDEIS ASSISTANT DEAN DEFENDS CRITICAL RACE THEORY: ‘ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE RACIST’At the end of the document, the school offers $600 upon completion of summer sessions and another $600 for completion of “the post-academy fall and spring semester sessions.””A total of $1,200 will be paid to participants for the knowledge, skills or abilities derived from participation in the program as it provides additional benefits to the University in the future,” it reads. The introduction also cites Assata Shakur, who was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. “In her autobiography, Assata Shakur reminds us that the more we get used to our oppression, the more our tolerance for it grows,” it reads.CSUEB did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.Tuesday’s report comes as the nation debates the influence of critical race theory (CRT) and its associated ideas on education. This particular event touts the practice as “a race-conscious framework that examines the ways that whiteness is normalized in our country and in our University.”The Academy’s first session revolves around the theme of “deepening our understanding of Critical Race Theory and Critical Pedagogies.” “Guiding Questions” include “How might Critical Race Theory provide a framework to inform our anti-racist liberatory pedagogy?”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis isn’t the first time “whiteness” has been targeted by CRT or CRT-related programs in U.S. institutions. Fox News reported Tuesday on a lawsuit in which an Illinois school district allegedly read students a book that included a “whiteness” contract with a devil.At Brandeis University, an assistant dean defended CRT in part by claiming that “all White people are racist.”
A middle school in Tacoma, Washington, is taking heat after one of its teachers distributed material advising students on sex and abortions – something the school district claims was a mistake.Purportedly produced by Planned Parenthood, the flyer told kids they could obtain abortions “AT ANY AGE” and without parental consent. It also told them they could buy condoms “AT ANY AGE” and that someone could have sex as young as 11 years old if the partner was two years older or younger than them.Radio host Jason Rantz reported on the flyer last week, arguing that it showed “a stunning lack of judgment.””In fact,” he added, “I think one can reasonably conclude it was willful, that the teacher may have suspected the flyer to be inappropriate but passed it out anyway.”SEATTLE PRIDE ORGANIZERS APOLOGIZE AFTER RAISING ISSUE WITH EVENT CHARGING WHITE PEOPLE ‘REPARATIONS’ FEERantz noted that the school district said it was a mistake, something Tacoma Public Schools also told Fox News on Monday.Eric Hogan, the assistant director of secondary education for the district, reportedly said the flyer was only distributed at Stewart Middle School and that “corrective action has been taken with this employee.””Previously, Planned Parenthood taught within our schools and supplied the flyer that was distributed to students,” Hogan said, according to Rantz’s article, which the district confirmed to Fox News.”We discovered a binder of curriculum materials was left behind for an incoming teacher to use for this year, and this flyer was in the binder. Not realizing the flyer wasn’t approved material, the teacher sent it home with students.”Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNews of the flyer came amid a wave of backlash from the nation’s parents who are upset about left-leaning materials in schools – more specifically, content surrounding gender and race. The flyer in Tacoma also advised students they could receive a birth control prescription without a parent’s permission and receive Plan B (emergency contraception) without a prescription.