“They are not kidding. This is not going away… The only thing to do is to have a mass exodus from the public school system.”
That was the startling pronouncement made by Quisha King, a Florida mom, to the attendees and viewers of the “Fighting Indoctrination on a National Scale” panel of the Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand Summit.
Her statement came following the question “how pervasive do you think this problem…this indoctrination is across the country? And what are some things that you think parents can do?”
The audience appeared to largely and loudly agree with Ms. King, as a tumultuous roar of clapping and applause followed her call for an exodus from the public school system that many parents claim is indoctrinating students with critical race theory.
Ms. King, a former RNC employee who works with the anti-CRT group “Moms for Liberty” and runs a business named King Consulting Co., also had this to say in her remarks, referring to the recent steps taken by the DOJ and the perceived insouciance of school board members to parents’ complaints:
“We cannot have our children believing there is no hope.” According to Fox News, she added, “With this FBI thing, it just made me realize – what else are we supposed to do? Standing up to these people doesn’t seem to matter. I mean, we have – all of us – we’ve been at these school board meetings, we’ve been voicing our opinions, we’re writing articles, we’re emailing teachers – we’re doing all that stuff. And they don’t care. I’m like the only thing left to do is to just peace out.”
Regarding the “FBI thing” to which Ms. King refers, The Daily Caller reported that “the U.S. Department of Justice, based on a memorandum from Attorney General Merrick Garland, directed the FBI to “use its authority” to target parents amid a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,” which sparked outrage from state attorneys general and parents across the country.”
Additionally, according to Fox News, Ms. King added that “it has to be us doing it together” in order to “really send the message that you do not have the right to indoctrinate our children.”
In a later YouTube video, Ms. King expanded on her idea of a mass exodus from the public school system, saying that it’s time to say “peace out” and leave it behind as a way to push back against the indoctrination of students:
Ms. King has made statements about Critical Race Theory in schools before. In a June of 2021 speech that drew national attention, Ms. King savaged CRT, claiming that it is racist to teach children that they are oppressed because of their race and that CRT is ruining the “greatest country in the world” by teaching hate.
Specifically, she said “Our ancestors – White, Black, and others – hung, bled, and died right alongside each other to push America towards that more perfect union. If this continues, we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest country in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies.”
Describing CRT, she said it “is a teaching that there’s a hierarchy in society where White male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed” and that such teachings are “dangerous.”
Fla. mom, Keisha King, to the State Board of Education: Critical Race Theory "does not teach the truth, unless you believe that whites are better than blacks … Telling my child, or any child, that they are in a permanently oppressed status because they are black is racist" pic.twitter.com/DHJFONDXxx
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 11, 2021
Ms. King’s comments come at a time of escalating tensions over CRT in schools. States such as Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida have taken steps to keep critical race theory out of classrooms as battles rage in school board meetings around the nation, most famously, perhaps, in Loudoun County, VA, over whether or not teachers should be allowed to discuss critical race theory with students.
Concerned parents such as Ms. King claim that teaching CRT divides students and fills their heads with false, negative ideas about American history and society. Many teachers and school board members counter that allegation by claiming that they’re simply trying to expose students to ideas about the roles of race and racism in society.
CRT, as James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose document in their book Cynical Theories, stems from the Frankfurt School’s development of Cultural Marxism and the New Left’s idea of “Critical Theory.” Originally a law school course, critical race theory has since been imported into the curricula of many lower education establishments around the nation, most controversially elementary schools.
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