Fort Worth public school district sparks outrage after giving teacher course on critical race theory
The Fort Worth public school district has sparked outrage after giving teachers a course on critical race theory where they were taught ‘there’s a little white man inside all of us,’ despite denying that CRT is being taught in its schools.
The Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas in May denied that critical race theory is taught in its schools, however, an ex-committee member, Carlos Turcios – who recently resigned from the committee over CRT, exposed classes that were offered to teachers about how to implement CRT into their classrooms.
The school district offered courses for teachers to explain CRT and how to recognize bias and implement open discussions in the classroom. It is unclear when the classes were offered, but it is believed to be in 2020.
Despite denying it was teaching CRTY, in a 2020 Zoom meeting, Superintendent Kent Scribner said he was ‘very proud that we have the courage to have these conversations and that we have the skilled leadership with the right values to make this work’ after introducing the new courses being offered for teachers.
Turcios, however, says the school district is ‘doing a disservice to the students by teaching them that color is everything.’
‘The superintendent and the bureaucracy are doing a disservice to the students by teaching them that color is everything, that America is oppressive, and that white supremacy is everywhere,’ Turcios told Fox News on Monday.
‘Last time I checked, critical race theory doesn’t help kids learn how to pay the bills, pay their taxes or pass that job interview.’
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Turcios released a snippet of a presentation given to teachers by Altheria Caldera that used a James Baldwin quotes stating there’s ‘a little white man deep inside of all of us’ while teaching about ‘internalized white supremacy’
In a different presentation, believed to be in 2020, a unidentified presenter also told participants that they would be divided racially and would have to sit at a chair with their specified color at lunch and would be separated by race afterward
Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner said that he is ‘very proud that we have the courage to have these conversations,’ at a 2020 meeting, despite the school district denying that critical race theory (CRT) was being taught in schools
In a slideshow snippet from the school district’s 2020 Racial Equity Summit, one presenter named Altheria Caldera used a James Baldwin quote, stating there’s ‘a little white man deep inside of all of us’ to explain ‘internalized white supremacy.
She also claimed that ‘internally’ people ‘believe that white is supreme’ and that it is a ‘constant process to ridding ourselves of this colonized mentality.’
Other slides from the presentation talked about ‘Black English’ and how ‘citizenship’ and ‘skin color’ are marginalized.
The school district’s Division of Equality and Excellence also released an ‘overview of services‘ document, which opened with the district’s statement on the death of George Floyd, which ended with: ‘We all must do more. It is time.’
The 45-page document mentioned CRT directly on page 10 that breakdowns a ‘self-pace course’ where teachers ‘will learn how racism is prevalent in all aspects of our society.’
Teachers could also choose to engage in course like Anti-Racist Classroom – which pursues to ‘define implicit bias’ and ‘rid ourselves of bias’ and ‘learn how to recognize it’ – as well a course called Introduction To Courageous Conversation About Race, which looked to identify racial inequality occurring in the school district.
At a 2019 Racial Equity Summit – which Turcios reposted to his Twitter account on November 21, 2021 – show a presenter telling participants that they would be divided by race-associated ribbons.
A slideshow indicated that those who identified as African would have a red ribbon, those who identified as white would have a pink ribbon, and those who identified as biracial would have a purple ribbon, to name a few.
The district’s Division of Equality and Excellence provided an ‘overview’ that showed several ‘self-paced courses’ dealing with CRT
The presenter introduced the ribbon system as a way to ‘divide between power.’
‘…to divide between power, particularly, in this country,’ the video snippet started off. The unidentified female speaker continued: ‘And yet it’s not real, but it has real effects. And so, we want to acknowledge that.’
She went on to explain that participants were ‘asked to racially identify’ and that would tell them how to divide throughout the day.
For lunch, participants would be intermingled and giving cue cards to ‘engage in conversation like the students do,’ while after lunch, they would be separated into different rooms by ‘racial affinity groups.’
‘When you go to lunch, you are to find a ribbon on a chair that matches your dot. We’re going to have a community, family-style lunch where we mix it up, we get to know each other.’
After lunch, the groups would be divided. She stated: ‘We call them racial affinity groups. You’re going to go into session with everyone who identifies with your race’ to ‘find out what each group needs to move this conversation forward.’
The presentation that claimed there’s ‘a little white men inside of all of us,’ also had slides that showed ‘Black English’
The slides also indicated that ‘citizenship’ and ‘skin color’ are marginalized, while also discussing ‘body size’ and ‘mental health’
Altheria Caldera (upper right) led the discussion with Jonathan Perez and Rickie Clark. It is unclear how they are connected to the school district
Students were also invited to participate in a panel discussion later that day, where most students expressed that there should be classes that explained multiple cultures so people would stop ‘putting down’ others to explain their struggles and that people needed to talk about it.
One student, Makayla Cook, who expressed that ‘America has done so many cultures wrong’ said: ‘Society like to put its foot down on somebody else to get a leg up.’
SaNiya W. also agreed that ‘using our voice’ to ‘bring awareness’ on the issue was important.
Another student Semaj Tenner also agreed, stating: ‘In order for us to really come together as people, we need to find a way to stop using everyone else as an excuse for the reason why we can’t make it or the reason why we can’t succeed in our lives, because the only true person you can really blame for your own downfall can be truly only yourself…’
Turcios is now calling for the the superintendent to resign and has organized a protest at the next school board meeting on December 14 to ‘end’ CRT and for Scribner to ‘resign’
The students brought up hypotheticals about a certain races blaming another races for ‘not getting a job’ or ‘not being successful.’
Despite students seeming to approval of CRT courses being implemented to start a discussion, Turcios said it allows for ‘a toxic environment to be built’ and is now calling on the superintendent to resign.
Turcios has also started a group protest – set to take place at the next school board meeting on December 14 – to advocate against CRT and for Scribner’s resignation.
Those connected to the school are more concerned about the school’s reading levels, according to Turcios. Only 28 per cent of third to eighth graders are meeting state requirements, Turcios told Fox.
Miriam Cole, a former school nurse, said the superintendent was more focus on CRT and transgender bathroom policies than low reading levels.
A current employee, who was not identified by Fox, said the schools were ‘definitely pushing critical race theory,’ but couldn’t ‘say for certain how much it filters down into the classroom.’
The school currently does not offer CRT classes to students, only courses for students. Although it does offer courses in African American and Mexican American history, according to Fox.
DailyMail.com contacted the school district for comment.
Recently Tony Kinnett, the Indianapolis School District science coordinator, instructional coach and administrator blew up social media on November 4 with a video about how his school district pushes critical race theory on students.
‘When we tell you that schools aren’t teaching critical race theory… that’s misdirection,’ he said in the video, which has been retweeted and quote-tweeted over 7,000 times.
‘We don’t have the quotes and theories in state standards per se,’ he continued. ‘We do have CRT in how we teach. We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color.’
He went on to say: ‘We tell our students that every problem is a result of white men. And that everything western civilization built is racist. That capitalism is a tool of white supremacy. This is in math, history, science, the arts and it’s not slowing down.’
Kinnett posted that his access to various work accounts had been taken away earlier Thursday.
Kinnett said that he’s also been banned from district school buildings or hosting professional development sessions.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.