During a full district school board meeting, a father from Illinois who broadcasts a weekend radio show slammed critical race theory. Ty Smith, a father who argues critical race theory is seriously flawed, blasted schools for teaching the divisive philosophy that has enraged and infuriated parents throughout the country.
According to Faithwire, Smith, a black man, started his address by remembering a childhood incident in which he and other children on public assistance were pushed to be the last to eat lunch in elementary school. He got very upset as a third-grader with his buddies not in his group and decided to stop speaking to them. He learned as an adult that they were not to blame for their segregation.
“I’m mad at them for something that wasn’t even their fault… they weren’t looking down on me. They didn’t think they were better than me,” Smith argued.
“I’m the one that came up with those false perceptions of what my friends were. Not them,” Smith added.
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This encounter reminded Smith of critical race theory, which he thinks is “teaching kids to hate each other, how to dislike each other.”
He then went on to debunk the critical race theory ideas that white people have it better in life because they are white and that black people are oppressed because of white people, using his own personal experience as evidence that neither of these claims were accurate.
“How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?” Smith’s question drew applause from the other parents and guests at the packed gathering.
“No mom, no dad in the house. Worked my way through college, sat there and hustled my butt off to get through college,” Smith continued.
Smith slammed the argument that white people “kept him from” achieving his goals.
He said, “Not one white person ever came to me and said ‘well, son, you know you’ll never be able to get anywhere because the black people.’”
The Illinois parent stressed how today’s black youth are taught that they will not be successful because “the white man is going to keep you down.”
Smith states that no white person has ever oppressed him, and that critical race theory is a “lie” that contradicts Martin Luther King’s instructions to evaluate individuals based on their character rather than their skin color or ethnicity.
Parents throughout the United States are becoming more worried about how critical race theory is taught to children in different educational institutions.
According to Forbes, Florida has become the sixth state to ban schools from teaching critical race theory to the state’s 2.8 million public school students.
The Florida Education Association, the state’s teachers organization, campaigned against the prohibition on critical race theory, instead advocating for a plan that would “reflect a more diverse America than are represented in our founding documents,” but their proposal was rejected. Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Idaho are the four other states that have outlawed critical race theory in public schools.
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