UK Equalities Minister slams the implementation of BLM movement and ‘critical race theory’ in British schools
Kemi Badenoch, the United Kingdom’s Women and Equalities Minister, stood her ground during a House of Commons speech against what she described as a concerted effort by educators to implement the teachings of the Black Lives Matter movement and ‘critical race theory’ into the British education system. She specifically called out BLM, as well as teachings of critical race theory, which stress that caucasian people are born with white privilege, while Black citizens face victimization.
There are similar ongoing debates in the United States regarding the shift by many educators to implement the same standard of teaching practices. Teaching these ideas, however, as if they are fact opponents say is dangerous to free societies and factually inaccurate. Moreover, there are extraordinary concerns that teaching these social ideologies as fact is not only damaging to young students but is a fundamentally false assumption that escalates division.
Badenoch, a British citizen of African decent, said in her fiery speech that “what we are against is the teaching of contested political ideas as if they are accepted fact. We don’t do this with communism, we don’t do this with socialism, we don’t do it with capitalism — and I want to speak about a dangerous trend in race relations that has come far too close to home to my life, and it’s the promotion of Critical Race Theory, an ideology that sees my blackness as victimhood and their whiteness as oppression.”
“I want to absolutely clear,” she said. “This government should stand unequivocally against Critical Race Theory.”
“Some schools have decided to openly support the anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter group, often fully aware that they have a statutory duty to be politically impartial,” she added. “Black lives do matter, of course they do. But we know that the Black Lives Matter movement — capital B.L.M. — is political. I know this, because at the height of the protests, I have been told of white Black Lives Matter protesters calling — and I’m afraid … I apologize for saying this word — calling a black armed police officer guarding downing street a ‘pet n*****.
“That is why we do not endorse that movement on this side of the House,” Badenoch implored. “It is a political movement, and what would be nice, would be for members on the opposite side to condemn many of the actions that we see this political movement, instead of pretending that it is completely wholesome anti-racist organization, that there is a lot of pernicious stuff that is being pushed and we stand against that.”
“We do not want to see teachers teaching their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt,” she said. “And let me be clear: any school which teaches these elements of Critical Race Theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law.”
I couldn’t agree with her more. Watch the video in a Tweet posted by Calvin Robinson below.
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