JASON RANTZ

Rantz: School district says your baby is racist — their CRT propaganda will fix it

Mar 7, 2022, 6:01 PM | Updated: Mar 8, 2022, 5:55 am
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An Edmonds School District staff member shows the first page of "Antiracist Baby," a book by Ibram X. Kendi. (Screengrab from Edmonds Schools/Facebook)
(Screengrab from Edmonds Schools/Facebook)

A Seattle-area school district thinks your baby is a racist. But don’t worry: good ol’ fashioned progressive propaganda will fix it.

The Edmonds School District was celebrating Black Lives Matter Month of Action in February. Districts across the country are using Black History Month to push radical political views on captive students. And like much of what’s taught in many schools, it is taught through a critical race lens.

One presentation highlighted by the district implies babies can be racist, and that the only solution is to teach your child an anti-racist worldview.

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Your baby is a racist

Dr. Sally Guzman (she/her) is the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Edmonds School District. She read the book “Antiracist Baby” from her office for the district’s Facebook page, which has thousands of followers. It’s written by controversial critical race theory scholar Ibram X. Kendi.

The first page of the book shows illustrations of a baby at a left-wing protest, fist raised in the air, with political signs around her (the book does not explain the baby’s preferred pronouns, like the presenter noted for herself; apologies for assuming gender). The signs feature the messages, “Equity now,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Climate justice is racial justice,” and “We demand justice!”

“Antiracist Baby is bred, not born,” Guzman reads. “Antiracist Baby is raised to make society transform.”

She also notes the book’s central theme — which mirrors Kendi’s book for adults with white guilt, “How to be an Antiracist” with the claim that “there’s no neutrality” on racism.

The implication is that your baby is born racist until he or she adopts the critical race theory concept of “anti-racism” in order to make good.

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This is nothing more than propaganda

It’s curious that Guzman chose this book to read since it’s nothing more than thinly-veiled propaganda. Perhaps that’s the point.

Guzman is tasked with leading an arm of the district meant to engage with students and families. This book selection makes it seem like she’s more interested in engaging politically with the community. And it definitely seems like she’ll think your kid is a racist if they don’t subscribe to the views of antiracist extremists.

While neither Guzman nor the district responded to requests for comment, it’s safe to say the district has leaned heavily into a progressive activist approach to social justice issues.

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Last year, for example, the Edmonds School District suggested staff (and students) use one of eight alternatives to gendered pronouns like he or she. The training on gendered pronouns reads like a parody, but the district takes it very seriously.

And district leaders — including Guzman — seem obsessed with identity.

Identity obsession

Under Guzman’s leadership, the district is promoting a series of training sessions, many focused on identity. They read like they’re put on by Seattle progressive groups.

The meetings include, “Becoming a Latinx College Student” and “First Annual LGBTQIA+ and Allies potluck.”

Guzman is recruiting “Natural Leaders” to bridge the gap between the district and families. How does she define a natural leader? They must come from “multi-cultural families.”

Shouldn’t they be chosen based on their desire to meet the goals of the district rather than the cultures they represent? White people, especially if they’re bilingual, can’t be natural leaders? If the natural leaders are overwhelmingly Asian, should that matter? Here it does because Guzman’s focus is on identity.

How about we focus on students and families?

Political views are seeping too much into the Edmonds School District. Perhaps they should return to focusing on students and families?

“Antiracist Baby” is nothing more than left-wing talking points masquerading as a children’s book. It’s meant to introduce kids to progressive concepts on policing while training parents how to frame issues around race. I suspect Guzman chose this book intentionally. The strategy behind “Antiracist Baby” is dangerous and I wrote about it in Newsweek.

It may not be as exciting to teach students basic math and English skills as it is to indoctrinate and create an army of activists to do your political bidding when they get older. But it’s an essential piece of education.

With test scores in the toilet, in large part due to needless COVID rules that kept students out of the classroom, perhaps now would be the best time to course-correct and focus on education over indoctrination?

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Rantz: School district says your baby is racist — their CRT propaganda will fix it