Parents stand up to indoctrination
A lawsuit against a Minnesota school district is about more than posters
Parents and taxpayers in Lakeville, Minn., are challenging a Minnesota school district policy that allows Black Lives Matter signs in school but prohibits Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter signs.
They filed a lawsuit on Friday in federal court, contending that the exclusion of alternate viewpoints by Minnesota’s Independent School District 194 violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The district’s “inclusive poster series” for school hallways includes two posters containing the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” as well as the statement, “At Lakeville Area Schools we believe Black Lives Matter and stand with the social justice movement this statement represents.”
Kalynn Wendt, one of the parents challenging the school policy, is the mother of a 9-year old Lakeview Elementary student Novalee, who upbraided the school board at a public meeting over allowing the posters. “MLK said, ‘I have a dream that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,’” said the young girl. “That dream has come true. I do not care or look at the color of skin, but you make me think of it.”
The lawsuit gives voice to a festering, nationwide dispute over the incorporation of critical race theory (CRT) and “anti-racism” doctrine into school classrooms—both promoted by the organization Black Lives Matter, said Doug Seaton, president of the Upper Midwest Law Center.
“We find many school districts in Minnesota and throughout the country are imposing this CRT ideology, which is fundamentally a racist theory, Marxist-derived, and hostile to all races,” Seaton told Newsweek. Seaton said the controversial doctrine divides rather than unifies, forcing people to view themselves as part of a racial or ethnic group and pitting them against one another.
Nine-year-old critic Novalee may have the last word: “Get the posters out of our schools,” she told a chastised school board. “Courage is contagious, so be courageous.”
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