A LAUSD presentation titled “Critical Race Theory and Racism in K-12 Education” kicks off by defining the theory as a “Theoretical Framework through which researchers and scholars try to understand how structural and racial inequities exist and endure in our society.”
The PowerPoint beseeches students to rename a headline referring to critical race theory, “since we now understand that Critical Race Theory is not taught in schools.” A separate document, which claims “there is no evidence that CRT is widespread in K-12 education,” is notably listed on LAUSD’s website.
Although administrators at LAUSD claim CRT isn’t taught in their schools, the district devised lesson plans that embed the corrosive theory in their very own classrooms, all after the district brought in a critical race theorist to instruct teachers how to “challenge whiteness.”
The LAUSD Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity introduced its advisory lessons by acknowledging their desire to speak with students “about power, privilege, oppression, and resistance.” The website labeled “Human Relations, Diversity & Equity” lists several critical race theory-inspired presentations, including slideshows that teach Thanksgiving is evil and propose an alternative holiday.
One presentation demanded that students check their privilege and included a video titled “What is Privilege." It shows people engaging in a privilege walk, an activity that I had to do six years ago as a freshman at my California high school. In it, people line up and take steps forward or backward depending on their answer to a series of questions. It is effortless to manipulate the results through selective questioning to make people believe CRT’s sweeping claims of privilege and oppression based on skin color.
The presentation claims that White people, among others, are uniquely privileged before telling students how to become an ally of Left-wing social justice movements. There’s also a slideshow about the Black Lives Matter movement that includes a note signed by the LAUSD Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity team. The presentation taunts the phrase “all lives matter” in a comic strip.
The presentation discussed White supremacy, which it defined as “The belief that white people are better than other races” and claimed that “Some systems, like schools and jails, have white supremacy built into them because White people have had so much power for so long.”