(Video: Fox News)
College professor Erec Smith, the co-founder of the nonprofit Free Black Thought organization, is giving the CRT-obsessed and “nightmarish” Los Angeles Unified School District a failing grade for allegedly indoctrinating teachers with the notion that merit and individualism are somehow connected to “whiteness.”
“First of all, I want to thank God that these weren’t my teachers when I was a student,” Smith told “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday morning in the video clip embedded above. “I would have nothing, I would have no success, I would be hopeless…merit is not an inherently ‘white’ concept, nor is individuality.”
Smith continued about the divisive and make-believe, oppressor-oppressed agenda: “One needs to take seriously the Marxist origins of critical race theory, and the need for people to embrace groupthink. If you want to enable groupthink, you get rid of concepts like merit and individuality, things that can distinguish people, that can separate people from each other. That’s the first thing you do. And that seems to be going on right now.”
Kilmeade suggested that the premise advanced by the school district seems to be that whites have it easier than minorities. “For one, I do not want to live in a society without individuality. That is my nightmare,” the scholar replied. “We should be able to make choices about what we want to believe, how we want to spend our time and energy — that’s individuality and nothing more. It’s not a selfish lack of compassion.”
In general, “progressive” school districts and teachers’ unions around the country, many of which loved the COVID lockdowns, along with like-minded colleges and universities, appear to be also very enthusiastic about watering down basic standards in the name of equity.
Meanwhile, a generation or more of students in U.S. government schools lack basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills even as CCP-controlled, authoritarian China aggressively seeks to replace America as the world’s primary superpower, in part owing to their A-plus pupils.
While, for example, there is some degree of tedium and arbitrariness embodied in public school curriculum, and there are also smart people who just happen to be underperforming test-takers or less-than-glib interviewees, reasonable people would agree that the solution to improving outcomes is not about replacing education with left-wing indoctrination that eliminates individual achievement.
If one particular group is missing out because another is supposedly benefitting from privilege, “then you give those students opportunities and you give them resources to compete. You don’t get rid of the concept of meritocracy. If it wasn’t for meritocracy, we’d have no ability to discern who is best for the job. And the fact that they literally think that the concept of the person who has the best skills gets the job is inherently racist could tell you everything about them,” Smith asserted.
“None of this makes sense, and it’s not the kind of world I want to live in,” he added.
In a sports analogy, Smith said “you don’t start your least-skilled player because he didn’t have the opportunity to practice like everyone else. You give him the opportunities to practice. And you start your best players so that you can be a successful team. I want America to be a quote-unquote successful team. And in order to do that, we need merit and individuality,” Smith concluded.
Smith’s group describes itself as “a small group of scholars, technologists, parents, and above all American citizens determined to amplify vital black voices that are rarely heard on mainstream platforms.”
According to Fox News in a report published on Tuesday:
“LAUSD required all employees to undergo ‘implicit/unconscious bias training’ guided by…a critical race theory (CRT) advocate and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, prior to the 2021-2022 school year. The training materials, which were obtained by Fox News Digital through a California Public Records Act (PRA) request, instructed educators to work toward being ‘antiracist’ by challenging whiteness at school, which Howard argued exists in the concepts of ‘merit’ and ‘individualism….’ LAUSD mandated the training last May, saying in a memo that its goal was to create inclusive schools and to eliminate bias in the classroom.”
Discrimination on the basis of race is illegal under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act along with a host of other federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.
During the conversation, Kilmeade noted that inspirational civil rights icons Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass would never have accepted CRT-like dogma. “They were gonna make their way anyway. And obviously, there were huge obstacles. I think we’re a country of equal opportunity, not equal outcomes, [CRT ideologues] want equal outcomes, which is gonna bring everything else down.”
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