Back in June, One News Now reported the DOE was sitting on pandemic funds from the “American Rescue Plan” that was signed into law in March. Tasked with how to spend it, the federal agency announced the country's poorest public schools could receive grant funds if they comply with the federal agency’s definition of advancing “educational equity” in classrooms.
That controversial plan was no backroom secret: A June 9 announcement can be read here informing the public of the proposed new Federal Registry rule and announcing the comment period.
Jonathan Butcher of The Heritage Foundation says the Feds were swamped with more than 35,000 comments from an unhappy public.
“Either because of the number of comments, or because of what those comments said,” he says, “the agency has backed away from stating that they would give additional consideration, or points, to applicants that use Critical Race Theory."
What that backlash signaled, Butcher predicts, was for the Biden administration to "unofficially" pursue the same goals without public input.
What happened was the Far Left's moment of open honesty ran into a problem: The public now knows many teachers are brazenly and secretly introducing CRT to young, impressionable students despite the Left's claims of right-wing paranoia. That same public is learning terms such as “equity" and “systemic racism” are branches from the controversial academic theory, which is itself a branch of Marxist-inspired Critical Theory and its Marxist-worshipping academics.
The fierce backlash from vocal parents has not gone over well among the Left. In Fairfax County, Virginia, ground zero for a fight over teaching CRT, community leader Michelle Leete recently told CRT supporters gathered outside a school board meeting that their opponents deserved to die for opposing what she called a “bold march forward.”
Leete, and NAACP leader and state-level PTA leader, later stepped down from that position after her prepared speech was posted on social media by Asra Nomani, a prominent critic of CRT teaching in Fairfax schools.
In the speech, which Leete had written for the rally, she called critics of Critical Race Theory “anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-health care, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-health care, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions-policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-and-let-live people."
“Let them die,” Leete concluded to cheers. “Don’t let these uncomfortable people deter us from our bold march forward.”
Jarrett Stepman, who wrote about the incident for The Daily Signal, tells One News Now the crowd happily applauded the shocking speech, and the NAACP and the Virginia PTA gave her a "mild" rebuke for her choice of words.
And yet Leete's defiant speech was spilling over with Marxist-like themes. It branded their opponents as enemies of progress, with a lengthy list of what those enemies supposedly represent, then it concluded that their enemies are better off dead so the "march" can progress without their interfence.
Critics of Leete's speech and the audience's approval have pointed out that same pattern was repeated throughout the 20th century, too, with bloody results.
"The great failure of the Right is thinking we’re in a political battle," Texas-based radio host Jesse Kelly warned in a Twitter post, "and not a battle where our opponents want us dead or imprisoned."