Fox News Sam Dorman reports on the historic federal lawsuit filed by Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) to stop Evanston/Skokie School District 65 from discriminating against its teachers and students on the basis of race through illegal and unconstitutional teacher traiing, classroom curriculum, and overall policies and procedures.
Filed in federal court Tuesday, the lawsuit represents one of the primary lines of attack from activists seeking to combat the influence of critical race theory (CRT) in schools. The Southeastern Legal Foundation, which is representing teacher Stacy Deemar, is working as part of Chris Rufo’s legal coalition that ultimately seeks to strike down CRT-related curricula at the Supreme Court.
For months, Rufo and others have brought numerous school materials to public attention, often inspiring shock on social media. Tuesday’s case seemed to spotlight one of the bolder instances of so-called “anti-racist” education, which critics have described as “Neo-racism.”
The lawsuit indicates, among other things, that the district stereotyped and divided teachers according to their race. For example, the district purportedly directed teachers to participate in racially segregated “affinity groups,” which were the subject of a federal civil rights complaint. Although former President Trump’s administration ruled that the district’s use of those groups was discriminatory, the Biden administration suspended that decision shortly after the president’s inauguration.
“By vowing to define its teachers and students solely by their race, District 65 promotes and reinforces a view of race essentialism that divides Americans into groups based solely on their skin color,” said Hermann. “District 65 teaches its teachers and students that their whole identity comes from the color of their skin. It teaches them to hate each other. It teaches them not only how to be racist, but that they should be racist. This is illegal, wrong, and must be stopped.”
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