Chicago lawsuit gains national attention, commentary in New Hampshire – A lawsuit filed in Illinois targeting critical race theory (CRT) teachings as discriminatory is fast drawing national attention.
Evanston-Skokie District 65 drama teacher Stacy Deemar recently filed suit in federal court, charging the teachings are divisive and “perpetuate harmful racial stereotypes.”
Deemar’s view seems to be one shared by others.
“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,” the Auburn New Hampshire Free Speech Political Page posted on Facebook.
Critics of the CRT system argue the problems don’t end there.
“Probably the most jaw-dropping part of the school district’s curriculum says that third- through fifth-graders should be taught that ‘it is important to disrupt the Western nuclear family dynamics as the best/proper way to have a family,’” the post added. “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.”
State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) is calling on Illinoisans to take a united stand against CRT, arguing “It will take more than just one teacher standing up to the radical left who are pushing their agenda in our schools.”
Deemar is being aided in her battle by the Southeastern Legal Foundation, formed by Edwin Meese III in 1976. The legal coalition seeks to get CRT teachings and instruction struck down by the Supreme Court.
Deemar’s suit also alleges that District 65 school officials divided teachers based on their race and directed teachers to read a book titled “Not my Idea” to their students. In the story, the devil makes a “Contract Binding you to Whiteness” where the main character will receive “stolen land,” “stolen riches,” and “special favors” in return.
The devil in the story later defines whiteness as giving people the license “to mess endlessly with the lives of your friends, neighbors, loved ones, and all fellow humans of COLOR.
***This article has been updated to reflect a correction. Edwin Meese III founded the Southeastern Legal Foundation, not Christopher Rufo.
Chicago lawsuit gains national attention, commentary in New Hampshire