Executive Director Matthew Spalding of the 1776 Commission Urges Parents to Run for Local School Boards and Stop CRT

Executive Director Matthew Spalding of the 1776 Commission Urges Parents to Run for Local School Boards and Stop CRT

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Dr. Matthew Spalding, vice president of Hillsdale College and the executive director of the 1776 commission to the newsmakers line.

During the second hour, Spalding informed listeners that the commission was still meeting to combat the racist curriculum being peddled by the federal government at the state level. Later in the segment, he urged parents to run for their local school boards and for communities to start their own local 1776 commissions.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by Matthew Spalding, executive director of the 1776 Commission and vice president of Hillsdale College. Heading up their graduate school of government at the  Washington, D.C. campus. Welcome, Matthew.

Spalding: Good to be with you. Thanks for having me.

Leahy: You were just in D.C. with our good friend, vice chairman of the 1776 Commission, Nashville’s own Carol Swain who is a frequent guest on this program.

Spalding: Yes. The commission, which had made its report on January 18, 2021, and abolished two days later decided to continue meeting. And so we met at our Washington, DC, campus on Monday to talk about what’s going on in the country and continue to think about how we can try to influence that debate.

We issued a statement and plan to continue meeting and participating in what we think is probably one of the most important debates going on in our country right now about education, especially as it relates to how we understand our country.

Leahy: I saw three key action steps coming out of your statement. Number one, you encourage parents to run for local school boards. Number two, you oppose this new Department of Education.

A proposed rule that’s basically going to codify Critical Race Theory across the United States in public schools. And number three, you encourage people locally to form their own 1776 commissions. Tell us about that.

Spalding: Well, let’s start with the race theory question first. The essence of the 1776 report and if you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to read it, mainly because what the media reports and the critics turn out they really just hadn’t read it.

It’s a report about the importance of teaching straight, accurate and honest history, including all the things about our past, like slavery and those horrendous institutions that were eventually abolished.

But through that, history warts and all, we can still see the principles, the founding and why this country is worth preserving. We study it and teach its principles to our students.

The report also talks about how there’s been the rise over just in the last decade or so, a number of radical arguments which instead of emphasizing that all men are created equal, with regard with Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln and many, if not most, of the American founders.

The argument is that we should look at it through the eyes of race. We should teach students to consider the race of their fellow students and of history and everything they look at. We think that is itself a form of racism because you’re teaching racism and unjust.

And that’s what a lot of the practical debate is. The federal level in many states trying to impose Critical Race Theory, set aside from what we call, equity out of history, is about teaching race as the essence of our educational system.

That at the federal level in the form of Department of Education regulations and states, it’s got to be stopped. We strongly mind everyone but the states, state government, state legislatures and localities, local school boards are the most important thing for controlling curriculum.

So we strongly encourage Americans, especially parents with children in schools run for the school board. Get control of those school boards. Prevent this from happening. Institute good curriculum. And in order to do this broadly, this is a public debate now, we encourage states and localities to create their own 1776 commissions.

Just because we were abolished, we’re going to continue meeting. This is an important question. We are citizens. We encourage others to do the same. So we’ve got to engage in the national conversation.

Leahy: If people here in Nashville want to form their own 1776 Commission, what should be the first step they should take?

Spalding: I think the first thing you might want to do is contact their governor or someone in the state. If you’ve got a good governor, it’s always good to have the legitimacy of that, because then you can work with your Department of Education and get good appointments.

But having said that, you could have a city create a 1776 Commission. A group of private citizens could. But I think it’s important to have a very clear concept of what’s pulling you together.

Perhaps you want to center around which we would encourage the principles of the 1776 report. There’s a pledge being pushed out there called 1776 Action that citizens can sign up to pledge to uphold these principles and stop Critical Race Theory.

It’s really got to be pulled together around those things. What is it you want to prevent, which is important to prevent, but also what is the alternative? And the alternative I think we all think and this is true forever on the left and the right, conservative, liberal is 1776.

The principles of the Declaration of Independence played out in our history through our constitutional system. And that’s got to be what holds together. Find your fellow citizens who are concerned about that.

Figure out how you can come together. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to focus on? Is it a local school board? Are you’re working with a local school or university? Working with a legislature or someone who has the authority to pass and create curriculum?

Leahy: We’ve been doing a little bit like that here at The Tennessee Star. We set up our own little educational foundation, the Star News Education Foundation. We have for five years now been doing a National Constitution Bee based upon the book that we wrote called the Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students.

And we give away the winners, actually get educational scholarships. We do it every October. In fact, Carol Swain was present at our last National Constitution Bee. And I would like to invite you to come down and take a look at it.

Spalding: I think you find it very interesting that’s a wonderful example of what folks should be doing. For the longest time, there are lots of people who are concerned about these questions.

This is not something new that we’ve invented at the 1776 Commission. But I think now that all of that work takes on a new meaning and new importance and a new intensity and we need more of it.

And we need to understand that this has implications for our politics because the education of our students now forms the citizens of tomorrow. And we’ve got to focus on these questions.

Leahy: Tell us a little bit about this U.S. Department of Education proposed rule. I think it’s in the final stages. What is it? Where is it going and will it be implemented?

Spalding: Well, here are the two big things to keep in mind. There’s a massive piece of legislation in the United States Congress that plans to spend about a billion dollars a year for five years. $5 billion on civics education.

That’s a massive amount of money. What the regulators at the Department of Education have signaled to us very clearly is that the administration, through a regulatory process, wants to direct that money to things like Critical Race Theory that has passed the comment stage and the regulation will now go forward.

If that legislation passes Congress, you’ve now got the Biden administration pointing as much of that billion dollars a year towards these forms of education which actually are teaching our students racism.

Leahy: That proposed rule has gone through the next step and it’s been approved?

Spalding: It’s gone through what is called the comment period that is now closed. We issued our comment last week. That means that they can now implement that regulation if they choose to proceed.

Leahy: Well, of course, they’re going to choose to proceed because that’s their view.

Spalding: We presumed they would proceed. Exactly.

Leahy: Why have a comment period if you’re going to just do it?

Spalding: In theory, you’re required by law of a comment period in case you want to adjust it. But I assume they are going to make no adjustments. This is going to go forward. If they then have that money which Congress is on the verge of wanting to pass, they’re going to be able to direct a lot of money towards really bad things.

Leahy: Will Congress pass that bill?

Spalding: I sure hope not. There’s been a lot of uprising against it. But having said that, it’s got sponsorship by Republicans and Democrats.

Leahy: Which Republicans are sponsoring that bill?

Spalding: Unfortunately, Senator Cornyn from Texas. He’s the chief sponsor.

Leahy: Oh, my goodness. What’s the name of the bill?

Spalding: It is called the Civics Secures Democracy Act. It’s a very generic name. But look it up and you should tell people to call and try to prevent that from passing.

Leahy: Last question for you. Do you think that the federal government should have a role in funding K12 public schools?

Spalding: That’s a great question. Another big theme in our statement and in the report itself. The federal government has no role in shaping curriculum. That was not only not and was intentionally given to the states.

States control curriculum. Do you remember the debate? I think we all remember this huge debate we had on Common Core a number of years ago when the federal government tried to influence the curriculum.

That’s what’s going on again with civics right now with that bill I mentioned and what the administration is

Leahy: The parents are going to have to really move on this aren’t they Matthew Spalding, Executive Director of 1776 Commission. Thanks so much for joining us.

Spalding: And that’s exactly why. Thank you so much.

Leahy: And come down to the Constitution Bee.

Spalding: I would love to.

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Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Rasmussen Racism Poll, CRT in Tennessee, and Seccession of States

Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Rasmussen Racism Poll, CRT in Tennessee, and Seccession of States

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to weigh in on the recent Rasmussen poll regarding systemic racism and other topics regarding Critical Race Theory and state secession.

Leahy: In studio, as we almost always are, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at this time by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: Well, it was an interesting morning for me because it started out at 3:50 a.m. in the morning. I sit down and I collect all of our information about our guests and our audio clips, and I put them together and in a show clock.

And at typically about 4:20 a.m. and I email that show clock to Scooter and our booking producer. And so he’s got the show clock for how we’re going to do the show and what clips we may or may not play.

So usually it goes out at 4:20 a.m. At 4:17 this morning, my Internet went down. I have a preliminary show clock that I get that our booking producer puts together. And so I just forwarded that to Scooter and we were able to put together a show clock so that it’s seamless.

Scooter: Crom, the truth is, we’re winging it. We’re just winging it.

Carmichael: So now we’re on to find out whether the show clock matters. (Laughter)

Leahy: (Laughs) That’s very good.

Carmichael: Well, we’ll see. Do you want it to matter?

Leahy: It matters in my mind and I already composed it.

Carmichael: I can stumble and bumble my way through the show and I could say if I just had that show clock.

Leahy: I usually print it out, give it to you sometimes. So we’re moving on. A little more than you need to know about the behind-the-scenes of how this great enterprise is held every day. Crom, Monday when you were in, I shared with you a stunning poll from Scott Rasmussen.

A very good guy. Good pollster. And I’m going to read it and then just get your reaction to it because it says a lot about America. Scott said because he sends me this email every day, just personally to me.

Not to the thousands of people on this list. His latest polling release shows that voters nationwide believe that just about every major problem in America results from racial discrimination.

28 percent nationwide. 56 percent disagree. 16 percent are not sure. What’s important about this Crom is the breakdown demographically. 56 percent of Hispanic voters see racism as the core issue in just about every major problem.

65 percent of White voters disagree. Black voters are evenly divided. 42 percent see racial discrimination underlying the nation’s problems. While 38 percent do not. But this is kind of the big point here.

There is a massive generation gap on this topic. Among the youngest voters, those under 25, nearly half 47 percent see racism at the root of major problems. Only 34 percent disagree. And among those 25 to 44, 35 percent say racial discrimination creates most major problems.

46 percent do not. But among those over 45, two-thirds, 66 percent of voters reject the idea that just about every problem in America results from racial discrimination. My question for you, Crom is systemic racism has been outlawed in America since 1970.

And those of us who are over 45 would say it’s not an issue. But the young kids who really have not experienced anything like the 60s and 50s and 40s generation’s did, a plurality of them see racism as the root of our major problems of the country. What do you make of that?

Carmichael: Well, the interesting part would be the breakdown because they don’t do it. He does a nice job of breaking it down, breaking these categories down by race in the total where he says 56 percent of Hispanics.

So if you get to the younger parts of the nearly half or 47 percent, the question would be, for me, is what percentage of the Hispanics are under 25? What percentage of the Black population under 25?

What percentage of Indian and Asian? Because if you’re Asian, you can very well think racism is a big problem because you’re being affected by it because you’re being held to a completely different standard than even White people. You’re discriminated against.

Leahy: If you’re trying to get into Harvard.

Carmichael: Forget Harvard. If you’re trying to get into any school, any state school in California, and even in New York City in high school, they’re now discriminating against Asian students. They want to shut down the AP classes all across New York City because they’re dominated by Asian students.

Leahy: Because they perform better.

Carmichael: They perform better. And so when you say racism, it all depends on what you mean by the word racism, because if you’re an Asian, you could see it completely the opposite.

Leahy: Shouldn’t we celebrate superior academic performance regardless of race, color, or creed?

Carmichael: I think you should celebrate merit in anything.

Leahy: You should.

Carmichael: I mean, you have the AMA that actually came out now with a new policy that merit doesn’t matter. And I can’t think of a profession where merit should not matter more than in medicine.

Leahy: If somebody is going to, I don’t know, perform surgery on you, you want to make sure they’re pretty good at it.

Carmichael: You want a brain surgeon that knows how to do it. The thing that’s just really disturbing about that is that all the members of the AMA who voted to do away with meritocracy, if they or their family members need it they will go to the best surgeons and they’ll find them, and they know who they are.

So that’s who they’ll go. And they’ll leave everybody else to just fend for themselves. This is kind of what’s happening now in so many different areas. Look what’s happening with Critical Race Theory across the country. You have in Tennessee, the state legislature that has outlawed Critical Race Theory, the teaching of it.

Leahy: And Governor Lee just signed that bill into law yesterday.

Carmichael: So now, as a matter of law in Tennessee, you can’t teach Critical Race Theory, (i.e. racism and Marxism). Racism as a problem. Marxism is a solution. That’s Critical Race Theory in a bottle.

Leahy: Yes, but here’s the little asterisk to that. That law, which identifies 14 tenants of Critical Race Theory that cannot be taught in public schools. The enforcement mechanism basically is left to the Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn.

The city of Memphis said, well, we’re going to teach it anyways, and the Shelby County schools are likely to teach it anyways. So when a complaint comes, the adjudication of that complaint, the enforcement of that company is going to go to Commissioner Schwinn.

The enforcement mechanism is to withhold state funds from Shelby County schools if they do that, which I expect they will do. A lot of people, a lot of people are fearful that Penny Schwinn will not enforce the law.

Carmichael: Well if they don’t, then the legislature will likely come back next year and it will change the law so that people who break the law can be held personally liable. And that would be the solution to it.

Then parents can sue the individual teachers and the boards of education, and that’ll shut it down. But here’s the big point here. You have now 20 states across the country that have passed similar legislation.

You have at least a dozen states across the country that are teaching Critical Race Theory. Virtually every place you can is going to be a requirement.

Leahy: In the state of Washington, they’re requiring the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

Carmichael: Okay. So you are going to have this in these blue states, and then you’re going to have places in Washington, for example. Washington state is really two states. And I’m actually disappointed that the people in Oregon, in the counties that are that don’t ascribe to the values of Portland, they voted to secede.

Leahy: And join Idaho.

Carmichael: I think they should secede and form their own state.

Leahy: By the way, that movement, the greater Idaho movement. There are counties in Eastern Washington that are going to have the vote, too.

Carmichael: Well, but I want them to have their own state. They should be represented by two senators and a House member.

Leahy: Do you understand the problem with that politically, is that it is easier for a county to leave a state and join an existing state than it is to form a new state. That’s their argument.

Carmichael: I think they need to have their own state. I think there are a lot of places. I think Southern Illinois.

Leahy: And upstate New York, where I’m from.

Carmichael: And upstate New York. I can come up with at least 10 additional states. And then I’m seeing 20 senators here. 20 senators who will stand up for the values and who will then represent the people that voted them in.

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Crom Carmichael Illustrates Why School Choice Is Important Now More Than Ever as Critical Race Theory Continues

Crom Carmichael Illustrates Why School Choice Is Important Now More Than Ever as Critical Race Theory Continues

 

Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who further illustrated why school choice is more important as critical race theory dominates government run school curriculum.

Leahy: In studio the original star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, during the break, we were talking a little bit about this new book from Os Guinness, the great writer, great Christian political philosopher. He’s the guy who came up with the concept that our country is based on the Golden Triangle of Freedom.

And that Golden Triangle is the following: Freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires freedom. And it’s an ongoing circle. That was the character of America when we were founded. The problem is that character is being assaulted in our schools every day. And particularly through critical race theory.

Carmichael: And being assaulted by the government every day in states across the country and cities across the country where they’re trying to make it almost impossible for somebody to go to church or so uncomfortable to go to church, that people don’t go to church. And I think that they are doing that. That’s intentional.

Leahy: Os Guinness has a new book out called The Magna Carta of Humanity. We’re trying to get them as a guest. I think we’ll get him as a guest in the future. And I’m going to try to get them on a day that you’re here Crom because I think you enjoy talking with him.

Carmichael: Sure. There are two or three articles that are all about education and as I was driving in I was listening to your interview of Gabrielle Clark.

Leahy: Right. The biracial mom whose child refused to comply with an assignment in which he was compelled to admit that he was an oppressor as a mostly white person.

Carmichael: Here’s what was interesting about listening to that interview. She says that we have to stand up and fight. It cost her $200,000.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: If you go to a restaurant where your service is bad, you don’t need to go hire a lawyer. What do you do?

Leahy: You don’t leave a tip.

Carmichael: And you don’t go there anymore.

Leahy: You do a Yelp review.

Carmichael: And you don’t go there anymore. But the reason that she has to stand up and fight is she’s being forced. Her child is being forced to go to a particular school and to have a particular curriculum with which she disagrees. And this is what’s fundamentally wrong with our educational system.

We don’t have a choice. And if you had school choice and then the kids who attend the charter schools here in Nashville on balance do much better than the kids who go to what I’m going to call the regular government-run schools.

Our magnet schools may be pretty good, but our magnet schools operate actually more even like private schools because the charter schools can’t be selective and of who gets to go there. The magnet schools get to be selective on who gets to go there, and they get to be really selective on who gets to stay there. But in California.

Leahy: Uh oh. I know this is going to be a crazy story already. I don’t know what the story is.

Carmichael: It’s a sad story. California had gone for a number of years where they had worked seriously at improving the math skills of students who attended the government-run schools in California. At one time, I’m quoting from the article here in The Wall Street Journal.

‘At one time, California took the goal seriously and made immense progress. California Department of Education data shows that while only 16 percent of students took algebra by the eighth grade in 1999 by 2013, it was 67 percent. Almost four times as many.

Leahy: That’s surprising that they made progress from 1999-2013. That’s interesting.

Carmichael: But then that’s when things started to unravel across the state. And so they also had gifted classes, kind of like AP classes. And now they want to do away with all those because they’re claiming they’re racist.

And you have the schools for the gifted which they are strongly considering doing away with completely. And then changing the math curriculum so that it is almost impossible to fail (Leahy laughs) because they’re actually claiming that math is not something that needs to necessarily be specific.

Leahy: Try building a car with a non-specific specialization.

Carmichael: What’s Caltech going to do if kids coming out of high school are not proficient. Even the top ones are not proficient.

People who have the money to attend private schools their children are going to have an opportunity that the children who are going to the government and schools don’t have. And this is along those same lines. It’s not academically, but it’s about a school board. This is in Monroe County, Indiana.

Leahy: Monroe County, Indiana?

Carmichael: The school board passed a resolution that says that the school resource officers cannot carry a gun.

Leahy: What are they supposed to do, just point their fingers?

Carmichael: That’s a great question because one person said there’s no evidence ever that a resource officer ever had to use their gun.

Leahy: If you have a gun you may not need to use it.

Carmichael: As it turns out,  that statement itself is false. And so there are instances where the resource officer had to use his gun to disarm a student that was identified as having a gun. But if nobody in the school is going to have security, that flies in the face of logic, because every place else where security matters. If you want to go into the Nashville courthouse, don’t you have to pass through security? Aren’t the security people armed? Yes.

Carmichael: Please go ahead.

Leahy: Would you like to hear the rest of the story?

Carmichael: Please.

Leahy: Guess where Monroe County is.

Carmichael: Where?

Leahy: Bloomington. Home of the University of Indiana.

Carmichael: Wow.

Leahy: Explains it all.

Carmichael: Wow.

Leahy: These are all probably a bunch of college professors on the board.

Carmichael: Could could be.

Leahy: Good news. Our listeners have been listening for, like, two and a half hours to get the first bit of good news.

Carmichael: No, we’ve had some other good news that we’ve talked about. But this is good news. In the state of Florida, a teacher was fired for not honoring the ban on teaching critical race theory. This teacher just ignored the ban and kept teaching it and enforcing it. And bam!

Leahy: Gone.

Carmichael: Gone. Got fired.

Leahy: Governor DeSantis is not fooling around.

Carmichael: If the CEO of a company puts out an edit, that is a logical edict and lawful and some employee essentially gives the CEO the middle finger…

Leahy: Boom! They’re gone.

Carmichael: And nobody questions it.

Leahy: Now, let me tell you what the potential difference may be here in Tennessee. We have a state law that the bill that the General Assembly has passed that would prohibit, in essence, the teaching of critical race. There. 14 tenants. Sources tell me that Governor Lee will sign that bill.

We’ll find out. There’s some time to see on that. But if it becomes law, it has a certain provision in it. And that provision says that if a school district continues to teach critical race theory, the Commissioner of Education has the authority to withhold state funds from them.

Something is about to be set up because our lead story at The Tennessee Star is Memphis City Council adopts a resolution opposing state band on critical race theory. So Memphis and Shelby County schools, I can tell you right now if the governor signs this bill, they will defy it.

Carmichael: Let me ask you a question. You said two things there. You said Memphis and Shelby County.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: Will they both, or will it be just the Memphis schools?

Leahy: This is from the City Council.

Carmichael: Memphis is in Shelby County.

Leahy: But it’s separate.

Carmichael: But there’s a lot of Shelby County that’s not Memphis.

Leahy: There’s a similar resolution before Shelby County. And sources tell me that it’s likely to pass. Memphis in Shelby County, I think, will be on the Shelby County and school directors already said I’m not gonna do that. I’m not gonna stop teaching critical.

Carmichael: Then the Commissioner can do what?

Leahy: Under the bill, the Commissioner will have the authority to do withhold state funds from Shelby County schools.

Carmichael: And that’s it. They can’t fire them?

Leahy: They can’t fire, but they can withhold state funds, which, in essence, would cripple the schools. Asterisk, many people are worried about Penny Schwinn. Many people are worried that she will not enforce that rule and that the Shelby County schools are going to say we’re going to teach it anywhere anyway. We’ll see how that turns out.

Carmichael: If they stick their finger in her eye we’ll see if she blinks. (Laughs)

Leahy: Yeah, I think she’ll blink. But we’ll see. Maybe give her the benefit of the doubt until it happens.

Carmichael: Absolutely we should do that.

Leahy: You are much nicer than I am.

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Nevada Mom Gabrielle Clark Fights for Her Biracial Son’s Civil Rights and Wins Against Critical Race Theory Curriculum

Nevada Mom Gabrielle Clark Fights for Her Biracial Son’s Civil Rights and Wins Against Critical Race Theory Curriculum

 

Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Gabrielle Clark, the Nevada mother who successfully sued her biracial son’s charter school for insisting he succumbs to the critical race theory narratives.

Leahy: We are joined now by Gabrielle Clark who is a Nevada mom with quite a story to tell. Good morning, Gabrielle.

Clark: Good morning, Michael. How are you this morning?

Leahy: Well, I’m delighted to have you on, although I am sorry to hear the circumstances in which this arose. Tell our audience what happened with your son and with the school that he attends and what the resolution of that has been.

Clark: Thank you for having me on. Unfortunately, this is happening all over the country. At the beginning of this year, he’s going to Democracy Prep at the campus here in Las Vegas, Nevada, the charter school. And at the beginning of this year, he was instructed to do an assignment where he had to list all of his identities and then attach signifiers to them of oppressed or oppressor. And I did not think that was okay. I think that is compelled speech. And we took action.

Leahy: Let’s get this clear. You’re Black, right?

Clark: I am biracial. My mother is Black and my father is white.

Leahy: And your son?

Clark: He’s white. My first husband was Black. So I have some Black children. My second husband was white. So I have some white children. And the idea that my white children are somehow oppressors over my Black children and myself is completely ludicrous.

Leahy: It’s crazy!

Clark: We will not stand for it.

Leahy: So he was in his class. What does the teacher say? Did he refuse to do the assignment?

Clark: He refused to do the assignment. And when I got involved, he had already had some interaction in the classroom. Virtual learning, of course, at the time. And it was not good. It was a complete violation of his civil rights. And he refused. And by the time I found out, I stood behind my son.

Leahy: So he already refused before you knew about the assignment, right?

Clark: Yes, he did. He knew that that was wrong.

Leahy: He’s got a good head on his shoulder’s it sounds like.

Clark: He does, indeed.

Leahy: What has happened subsequently? This happened was in February?

Clark: No, that happened in September.

Leahy: In September. So walk us through the process then. What happened after that?

Clark: So that happened in September. I followed the chain of command to get relief to opt out of this assignment. I opted out of this class. And we were not granted release so we took legal action. We filed our lawsuit in December. And last month, the school conceded on all of our demands, and my son will be graduating.

Leahy: Congratulations to you for standing up. Did your legal fees hit the roof on this?

Clark: My legal fees did hit the roof. Part of the reason why nobody fights and nobody stands up to this kind of tyranny is that the legal expense is great. And we are still collecting donations on Givesendgo.com/supporttheclarks. And through no left turn in education at Noleftturn.us. You can look at the lawsuit and look at all of the media.

Leahy: If people want to make a contribution to help cover your legal fees, where exactly do they go again?

Clark: Givesendgo.com/supporttheclarks

Leahy: And by the way, you had a good lawyer. Obviously, since you won and the school conceded, the legal fees must be approaching $100,000. I would guess.

Clark: They are well beyond $200,000.

Leahy: Wow! Wow!

Clark: It has been a very intense process. But that is what these kinds of programs depend on. They depend on people not being allowed or not being able to fight back. And their inability to fight back is what has been allowing this type of indoctrination to continue in the country.

Leahy: $200,000. plus in legal fees just so your son doesn’t have to confess to being white and being an oppressor. You’re kidding me?

Clark: I am not kidding you. Unfortunately, these are the proponents of critical race theory and this kind of indoctrination. It is fueled by people’s inability to fight back.

Leahy: That makes an awful lot of sense. Tell us about your son. He’s graduating from high school next month.

Clark: Yes, he will be graduating.

Leahy: And what is his future look like?

Clark: William is an aspiring EDM producer, so he will be continuing his education in sound engineering.

Leahy: Great. Is there a college for that, or do you go to a specialized program for it?

Clark: We’re still looking at colleges right now. Unfortunately, part of this situation was that we were at a standstill on our effectiveness in attaining scholarship and that sort of thing. There are long-term effects of having to fight this.

Leahy: Sure. I don’t know if, you know, here in Nashville, we have a great music business college called Belmont. Have you heard of Belmont University?

Clark: I have not.

Leahy: Just check it out. Belmont University. Nashville is the Center of the music industry, as you know, and they have a terrific program there, and lots of kids from around the country go there. I would encourage you to look at Belmont University and come on down to Nashville because we’re a nice place here.

Clark: We will definitely take that into consideration. All of our college application options are centered around the best program for William.

Leahy: Southern Cal has a pretty good one or UCLA, I would guess. How long have you lived in Las Vegas, Gabrielle?

Clark: We’ve lived in Las Vegas since 2007. William has been going to Democracy Prep, this particular school was the Andre Agassi flagship school prior to being Democracy Prep. So he’s been going to the school itself for six years.

Leahy: Other than this incident, what has that experience been like for him?

Clark: Well, up until this year, we had a positive experience here with this particular school. I did notice that there were some things that I wasn’t comfortable with. But we had always been able to communicate our concerns and they’d be heard. But on this particular issue, it fell on deaf ears.

Leahy: Do you think that this is just the fact that you had a good experience for a while and then this last year with its critical race theory craziness kind of coming on like a tsunami across the country? Do you think there’s a general change in schools around the country that are forcing more and more kids to bend their knee to critical race theory?

Clark: That is absolutely what has gone on. And for anyone out there, you need to stand up. You need to stand up for your children and reach out. I reached out to Elana Fishbein at No Left Turn in Education, and she found lawyers for me, and we were able to press forward.

If anyone out there is having a problem, you can go to Noleftturn.us. Or you can go to Facebook for their National chapter. Or you can go to a state chapter. We have chapters in about 20 states, roughly. And if there is not one in your chapter, then get with Dr. Fishbein and you can start a chapter in your state.

Leahy: Also, Gabrielle, have you had a chance to talk with the folks that America First Legal? They just set up this legal team that helps fight against critical race theory. This is the former Trump administration guy Steve Miller who is putting that together.

Clark: I have not.

Leahy: Well, that would be a good group for you to talk to because they want to get critical race theory stories as well. Gabrielle Clark, you are a hero. You are brave. And thank you for standing up. And we really appreciate having you on and very best of luck to your son William, as well.

Clark: Thank you so much for having me.

Leahy: Great to have you on. Gabrielle Clark, a brave mom fighting critical race theory in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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PJTN Founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore Updates on Critical Race Theory Curriculum

PJTN Founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore Updates on Critical Race Theory Curriculum

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Laurie Cardoza-Moore from Proclaiming Justice to the Nations to the newsmakers line to give updates on the Critical Race Theory curriculum that has been found in K-12 schools and recent legislation against it.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by our good friend Laurie Cardoza- Moore, the founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Good morning, Laurie.

Moore: Good morning, Michael! It’s great to be back on the show.

Leahy: Every time we turn around, there’s some other craziness going on in the world. We, of course, have the problem of Critical Race Theory that you became aware of quite a while ago when you discovered anti-semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-American content in the textbooks for your kids.

You were aware of this some time ago. Now we see school systems around the country that have been trying to promote Critical Race Theory. In Florida, they passed a law to stop that. There’s one pending here in Tennessee. Tell us what the latest is on the Critical Race Theory battle here in Tennessee and around the country.

Moore: Yes. Absolutely. I am so proud of our state legislature for dealing with this issue because these are lies. This is all fraudulent. Hitler said that if you repeat a lie often enough and long enough people will believe the lie. And this is exactly what they’re doing.

I am hearing from parents all over the country who are sending me images of what their children are being taught. Children are coming home as young as Elementary age, crying in tears. They hate the fact that they are White. We have another situation in Middle Tennessee that I’ve been made aware of a biracial child who comes from a biracial family.

And he said he hates the of his White side of his identity. This is outrageous that this is being tolerated. So kudos to all of our legislators who are taking this battle on. For Governor DeSantis for coming out and publicly saying no wacko theories in Florida.

And that’s exactly what every governor, every state legislature, and every Department of Education should be adopting. This is propaganda, pure and simple. It’s been around, Michael, for quite some time. We’re actually in the process of doing a report and compiling the data to show where this thought process originated.

And unfortunately, it happened in the South. In South Carolina, there’s a professor…but we’re going to be releasing that report soon. It’s outrageous that this is going on. We see Critical Race Theory even in Holocaust education.

We’ve got an issue in Florida where we submitted by recommendation of the Department of Education in Florida standard K-12 a Holocaust standard to teach the children in Florida from kindergarten through their senior year about anti-Semitism and the propaganda that, of course, the propaganda war that Hitler waged.

And we see this happening also. But they’re using Holocaust studies now. They’re using the death of six million men, women, and children to push Critical Race Theory ideology through Holocaust education. And we will not tolerate it.

Leahy: That’s crazy.

Moore: It absolutely is Michael. You’ve got the Critical Race Theory and there they’re using buzzwords in talking about the Holocaust. You’ll find all of these buzzwords like equity, tolerance, all of these words. And then they try to associate the Holocaust.

And what happened, the murder of 6 million men, women, and children, systemic murder of 6 million men, women, and children and they’re trying to use these words to incorporate other genocides. No, the Holocaust is central to the death and the target of Jews. This is what the Holocaust was.

They were targeting the Jews for annihilation. And to try to bring any other type of genocide or racism into this narrative is trying to water it down and to minimize it. When Hitler established his final solution, it was the final solution to the Jewish question. It wasn’t the final solution to the Gypsy question.

It wasn’t the final solution to the Communist question. It was the final solution to the Jewish question and anybody who tries to water that down is guilty of trying to revise the Holocaust. We see Holocaust revisionism, which is out of control. It is unacceptable.

And the fact that in Florida, Governor DeSantis passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which is the definition of antisemitism. We can’t seem to get that passed here in Tennessee. But I’m not giving up. But it basically states that anyone who says that the Jews have no rights to their ancient homeland, that is anti-Semitic.

And we see even that verbiage and that language in the attempt to try to remove our K-12 Holocaust standards. Our standards start with K-5. We introduce children to their Jewish classmates and their Jewish neighbors.

We teach them about their culture, the holidays, and things like that that young children can grasp. So when they start learning about the horrors of the Holocaust in middle school and high school, they will be as shocked as you and I were when we learned about the Holocaust ourselves.

Leahy: Laurie, we have a story at The Tennessee Star today. I haven’t seen it elsewhere, but I’ll just share this with you. And this is a group probably that could benefit from the work that you’re doing in the report you’re about to release.

Headline. Group Seeks to Share Personal Stories of Critical Race Theory. The Center for Renewing America is seeking to share stories of Critical Race Theory in action across the U.S. The group is working with America First Legal legal. A legal group, created by Stephen Miller and other Trump administration officials.

The two organizations share the goal of fighting critical race theory in various formats across the country. And so that group, you’re probably ahead of them. You could probably help them out.

Moore: Yes. There are more and more groups that are starting to rise up and to challenge this and as well, it should. We’re not going to fight this battle, Michael. We’re not going to go to war on a battlefield as we’ve done in past. This is the war of ideology and the war in the mind.

And they are trying to take the minds of the next generation to distort what you and I know to be factually accurate history. And we should not tolerate it. Parents need to look at the content. Parents that are sending their kids to school need to be asking questions of their children.

Are you being taught this? Are you being taught this Critical Race Theory, ideology? Are you being taught that because your White you happen to be promoting White privilege, and you are guilty because you happen to be born White you’re guilty of racism?

This is outrageous and should not be accepted anywhere. This country has brought people from different races, nationalities, and religious faith. We have lived in this country together, and it wasn’t until Obama came along and started pushing a narrative that wasn’t true.

He opened up an old wound and now these people, what we’re witnessing today, they’re trying to highlight this and trying to push this false narrative. And we again, as Patriots and as Americans have to fight for our history.

Why do you think, Michael, that the last year and a half, we saw young people destroying our monuments, tearing down our historical monuments? Those monuments are significant because they tell us they tell the story of our past. And if we eliminate these monuments, then we are removing the things in history that we can point to that remind us of who we were and who we are today.

Leahy: Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Founder, and President of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations on the web at PJTN.org. thanks so much for joining us this morning and come back in the near future, maybe come in studio someday. We’ll have a longer conversation.

Moore: Absolutely. Go to the website and sign the petition. God bless.

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