A demonstration prompted people to protest critical race theory in schools.
A demonstration organized by the Craven County Republican Party drew about 60 people to the Craven County Schools Administration Building on Thursday, May 20 to protest the teaching of Critical Race Theory, a process of questioning the role of race in society which recognizes the legacy of slavery. , segregation and racism.
The protest was organized by the 20th District of Craven County GOP, which encompasses Fairfield Harbor. Members gathered outside the entrance to the administration building carrying signs that read “Stop Critical Running Theory Now!”, “CRT is Racist” and other slogans.
Event organizer Alan Harrop said the protest aimed to highlight what protesters see as “damaging” information found in texts such as the New York Times’ recent “The 1619 Project,” which sought to reframe the history of the country by placing the consequences of slavery. and the contributions of black Americans to the center of its history.
“Martin Luther King taught that we should be color blind and this teaching does the opposite, he tells you to judge everyone by the color of their skin,” said Harrop. “It must be detrimental to the children. We are trying to get the message out and let the school board know that we are not happy that this is happening in the schools. “
When asked if he objected to a particular program currently being taught in Craven County schools, Harrop replied that he “wasn’t sure”.
“The last time we met the superintendent about a month ago, she said they were taking direction from the state and it was the state’s job to develop the program, so I guess ‘they’re in the process of implementing them,’ Harrop said.
Harrop said protesters were opposed to new social studies standards approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in February, which focus on studying more diverse perspectives on history. Supporters argued that the new standards would ensure a fuller history of the United States.
The new standards can be viewed at: https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/social-studies/newly-approved-k-12-social-studies-standards
According to Superintendent Meghan Doyle, Craven County Schools’ curriculum for the new social studies standards has yet to be developed.
“We didn’t choose any manuals or reference materials because we just had the standards approved in February of this year,” Doyle said.
Demonstrator Patti Mason said she would like to see the Board of Education publish advice on how this program should be developed.
“The school board is supposed to oversee and has the same powers as the legislative branch of government, so instead of trying to run schools, they need to take a step back and start thinking about what the program should look like and what it is like. communicate after public review and input, ”Mason said.
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Speaking at the public comments portion of the May 20 council meeting, demonstrator Glenn Fink said he was “absolutely against critical breed theory and culturally responsible training.”
“This movement is about separating people into groups, identifying the oppressed and the oppressors and leading the division,” Fink said.
Catherine Stash, new resident of Bern, also spoke out against CRT.
“We intend to do everything in our power to prevent these revolutionary concepts, so demoralizing for the minds and souls of children, from being taught in our public schools,” she said. to the Council.
The issue of the CRT program was addressed by the North Carolina Legislature in the form of Bill 324 “Ensuring Dignity and Non-Discrimination / Schools”. The bill, which is now before the Senate for further consideration, would prohibit public schools from promoting the following concepts:
-A race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
-An individual, solely because of his race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
-An individual must be discriminated against or receive unfavorable treatment solely or in part on the basis of race or gender.
-The moral character of an individual is necessarily determined by his race or sex.
-An individual, solely because of his race or sex, bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by other members of the same race or the same sex.
-Anyone, solely because of their race or gender, must experience discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress.
-The belief that the United States is a meritocracy is racist or sexist or was created by members of a particular race or gender to oppress members of another race or gender.