Washington Examiner: Chicago-area lawsuit blows up media defenses of critical race theory

Writing in the Washington Examiner, Quin Hillyar discusses Southeastern Legal Foundation’s (SLF) lawsuit against District 65 in Evanston, Illinois and declares: “Just about everything wrong with critical race theory and the badly misnamed “anti-racism” movement is summarized in one lawsuit filed late last month against the public school system of Evanston, Illinois.”

Hillyar continues:

It is no overstatement to say the school system’s practices are vile.

Not only does the suit, along with findings by the Department of Education, detail CRT’s usual litany of racially divisive indoctrination activities, but it also confirms that school officials use the “fighting racism” excuse as cover for teaching that individualism and meritocracy are oppressive, that the ideal of “equality” and even the nuclear family itself are both racist, and that true anti-racists will question “the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and principles of constitutional law.”

In sum, this claptrap isn’t designed to combat racism at all, at least not as that idea is traditionally understood. Instead, it is intended to indoctrinate teachers and students in service of an internal revolution against the entire edifice of Western society.

Southeastern Legal Foundation has noted that he lawsuit became necessary after the Biden administration took the unprecedented move of withdrawing, without any explanation or legal justification, a January 2021 finding from the U.S. Department of Education that the District 65’s policies and procedures violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Discussing the Biden administrations near-unprecedent withdrawal of the findings, Hillyar writes:

Her suit finds support from an 18-page letter of finding issued in early January by the Office of Civil Rights at the Education Department. The letter was later withdrawn by the Biden administration as part of a review of all federal policies on racial and sexual “equity,” but its findings of fact are unassailable. Based on those facts, the lawsuit lays out the uncontested, hair-curling substance of the school policies.

The department’s letter concluded that the school district violated Title VI in four different ways. It was signed by Civil Rights enforcement director Carol Ashley, who took that job during the Obama administration after working for years for the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, a liberal outfit named after Kennedy in-law and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver.

Honest liberals will join conservatives in finding the school district’s revolutionary radicalism quite revolting. Frighteningly, the Evanston situation isn’t unique at all. It is typical of numerous school districts nationwide that are similarly poisoning the minds of children. It is a case of intellectual child abuse.

Read the full article at WashingtonExaminer.com.

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