After months of debate and campaigning, an affluent Dallas-Fort Worth suburb overwhelmingly rejected a “critical race theory” curriculum in a Saturday runoff election.
In reaction to a 2018 incident in which students were seen on video shouting the N-word during homecoming at a private gathering, liberal groups advocated a “Five-Year Cultural Competence Action Plan” for the school district.
Ed Hernandez, an immigrant, allegedly gathered over 300 accounts of students alleging ethnic or sexual orientation discrimination in the district last year to support his campaign. He said at the time that a landslide defeat was “really hard” for him.
“I don’t want to think about all these kids that shared their stories, their testimonies,” he told NBC News. “I don’t want to think about that right now because it’s really, really hard for me. I feel really bad for all those kids, every single one of them that shared a story. I don’t have any words for them.”
Before the election, Southlake became a flashpoint for the controversy over race-based education. The course load was brought to the forefront during former President Trump and President Biden’s administrations amid demonstrations and riots over George Floyd’s death.
After parents packed school board meetings in December to voice their opposition to the curriculum, the Southlake Families PAC won a complaint and was granted a restraining order to stop leaders from moving forward.
In an interview with Fox News, former teacher Carol Swain said people across the country reject critical race theory, and parents are organizing to confront the leftist assault in the classroom. Swain applauded the parent groups’ initiative and encouraged them to continue to join.
Regarding critical race theory, Swain argued that what its promoters are doing is “pure indoctrination,” she asserted. “It’s not trying to teach young people how to think. In fact, it is teaching the opposite, because if they have questions, and the questions are not ‘politically correct,’ then they run the risk of getting into serious trouble.”
The experienced teacher insisted that the theory aims to generate an anti-American environment from the youngest children, based on a problem that, although she considered non-existent, can render the opposite effect in the future.
“We are doing that under the guise of educational equity and it’s very harmful to minority children because it teaches them that they’re victims. And it also breaks up relationships that they have. The critical race theory will come into environments where there are no serious problems and when they get there, they create problems.”
Critical race theory also affects teachers who are often forced to train on issues they are not interested in or sound ridiculous. In February, the Department of Education in Oregon called for teachers to sign up for training in “ethnomathematics,” an absurd assumption that math is racist and promotes white supremacy.
Southlake, which saw a three-fold rise in voter turnout from the previous municipal election, overwhelmingly elected all candidates supported by the conservative Southlake Families PAC, including a mayor, two City Council seats, and two school board seats.
All of the conservative-backed candidates prevailed by a 30% to 70% margin in their respective races.
Hannah Smith, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, defeated Hernandez in the high-profile races.
Last week, gun-rights activist Dana Loesch made headlines when she told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that the proposed program was “Marxist” and that the course load would cost local taxpayers six figures. On Saturday, Loesch celebrated her win.
“How the left flipped Colorado was the old blueprint,” she wrote in a tweet. “How parents took back their school district from CRT and dug in for the long haul is the NEW blueprint.”