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UK Equalities Minister slams the implementation of BLM movement and ‘critical race theory’ in British schools

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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.

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. Black lives do matter, of course they do. But we know that the Black Lives Matter movement — capital B.L.M. — is political.

UNITED KINGDOM’S WOMEN AND EQUALITIES MINISTER Kemi Badenoch

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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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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