Rochester Schools Teach BLM To Schoolchildren, ‘Black Lives Deserve Special Affirmation’
Black Lives Matter Coming To Rochester Schools
Rochester, NY – Rochester schools throughout the city will celebrate Black Lives Matter Day, February 17, 2017.
According to WXXI News, that Friday has been set aside “as a day of understanding and affirmation in city schools that while all lives matter, black lives deserve special affirmation, attention and understanding right now.”
There has been criticism of the event from others within the school district which has been met with the response that affirmation of black lives doesn’t take away from other people’s lives or identities.
The school district said that 57% of its students are black “and by almost every measure, people of color are not treated equally by our society.” The school district also said that “It is especially important to highlight the value of black lives in a society whose history involves centuries of slavery and denial of civil rights to black citizens, the impacts of which continue to this day.”
Chris Widmaier, one of the event’s organizers, and a science teacher at World of Inquiry School, said that there are a number of ways students and teachers can participate in the event, which include inviting local activists and experts as guest speakers, initiating classroom discussions, or wearing t-shirts and stickers to show support. He suggested that if a person feels uncomfortable, then he or she should ‘study’ and do some reading on Black Lives Matter.
Event organizers said that it is not a part of the national Black Lives Matter movement; that group is the well-funded marxist anti-police political group.
The event is supported by the Rochester Teachers Association, the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester, and the Rochester Board of Education. But links on the resource toolkit include the website for the national movement Black Lives Matter, and a TED talk with the founders of the national movement, according to The Daily Caller. This completely undermines the organizers’ claim that there’s no association.
The resource kit for the schools to use on that day has specific curriculum for each school according to grade level. Elementary school students are taught lessons such as “Looking at Race and Racial Identity Through Critical Literacy in Children’s Books,” and are given coloring books with the title “Black Youth Matter.”
Secondary level students have lessons such as Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System,” “Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Racial Profiling,” and “What is the School to Prison Pipeline?” They also watch a video of Jesse Williams‘s fiery BET speech and learn to formulate responses to why ‘all lives matter’ isn’t a good response.
Children will be encouraged to visit websites discussing Michael Brown, and to read essays such as “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” There is also a link to “the Black Lives Matter Syllabus” which includes as its content the “moral ethics of black rage and riotous forms of protest,” “the hyberbolic media myth of ‘black on black’ crime,” and violent vs. non violent protest.
We’ve seen a lot of Black Lives Matter in schools recently, and between lying about the Michael Brown case, promoting a national hate group, teaching that law enforcement officers are racist, and promoting rioting, this is the worst we’ve seen; at least, this is the worst we’ve seen where the information was publicly available.
When educators go off the rails like this, it makes the entire teaching profession look bad. Our teachers should be recognized for being the hometown heroes that many of them are, not promoting hate.
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