(USA Features) A black Florida mother railed against the controversial Critical Race Theory in a speech to the Florida Board of Education this week, warning that the material is racist, divisive, and harmful to students and the country.
Keisha King, a Duval County parent representing Moms for Liberty, spoke highly of school choice but blasted the notion of dividing students by race on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre.
“Just coming off of May 31st, marking the 100 years of the Tulsa riots, it is sad that we are even contemplating something like critical race theory, where children will be separated by their skin color and deemed permanently oppressors or oppressed in 2021,” she said.
“That is not teaching the truth, unless you believe that whites are better than blacks,” she added.
“I have personally heard teachers teaching CRT and we have had an assembly shutdown because a Duval County Public School System consultant thought it would be a great idea to separate students by race. This is unacceptable,” King continued.
“CRT is not racial sensitivity, or simply teaching unfavorable American history, or teaching Jim Crow history. CRT is deeper and more dangerous than that,” she added. “CRT and it’s out working today is a teaching that there is a hierarchy in society where white male heterosexual able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed.
“That’s why we see corporations like Coca-Cola asking their employees to be less white, which is ridiculous,” King added. “I don’t know about you, but telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are black is racist, and saying that white people are automatically above me, my children or any child is racist as well.”
“This is not something that we can stand for in our country,” she said, wrapping up her comments. “And don’t take it from me, look at the writers of these types of publications, our ancestors, white, black, and others hung, bled, and died right alongside each other to push America towards that more perfect union.”
She went on to offer a dire prediction.
“If this continues, we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest country in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies,” King said.
Fla. mom, Keisha King, to the State Board of Education: Critical Race Theory "does not teach the truth, unless you believe that whites are better than blacks … Telling my child, or any child, that they are in a permanently oppressed status because they are black is racist" pic.twitter.com/DHJFONDXxx
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 11, 2021