A high school senior and his mother filed a lawsuit at a taxpayer-funded charter school in Nevada. According to the complaint, the school’s curriculum contains a “coercive ideological indoctrination” based on critical race theory, which forces students to associate aspects of their identity with oppression.
The complaint was filed by the group Schoolhouse Rights, representing William Clark and his mother Gabrielle Clark, to the State Public Charter School Authority, in a federal court in Nevada. The plaintiffs claim that their First and 14th Amendment rights were violated. Students were told that those who refused to identify with an oppressive group exercised their privilege or emphasized their role as oppressors.
The Illinois-based group Schoolhouse Rights has a mission to support “civil rights litigation in defense of students’ freedom of conscience in public education and the rights of parents to guide and direct the upbringing of their children,” according to its website.
Clark, the Las Vegas student, whose mother is African American and his deceased father was white, said that there was a hostile environment in the classroom and that he felt discriminated against, especially in one of the classes required for graduation, “Sociology of Change.”
“Because the so-called civic education curriculum implemented by the new administration was named after the previous curriculum, parents like Gabrielle Clark “did not realize the shift to coercive ideological indoctrination until they began to see the detrimental effects it had on their children,” the legal complaint states.
According to the complaint, the new curriculum inserted awareness and conditioning exercises under the slogan of “Intersectionality” and “Critical Race Theory.” These points do not implement a descriptive or informative model about the facts. On the contrary, they are of a normative and prescriptive nature, seeking that the students “unlearn” and “fight” against supposedly “oppressive” structures implicit in their family conformations, beliefs, and religious, racial, and sexual practices, all of which they must divulge and submit to interrogations.
William Clark claimed to have been “attacked” for his Judaeo-Christian principles, even claiming that the school retaliated against him. The school repeatedly threatened Clark with retaliation if he did not participate in the activities, including a failing grade and failure to graduate if he did not comply.
During classes, Clark was repeatedly forced to declare his racial, sexual, gender, and religious identities in various exercises, always assuming that diverse identities have “associated privileges or oppressions.”
The Trump administration has been working hard to combat this indoctrination that the left seeks to impose on education and all public settings in society.
In a strong criticism of the education system, on Friday, July 10, President Trump called for re-examining schools and universities’ status that receive public funds and/or are exempt from paying taxes due to radical leftist ideological indoctrination.
Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status…” President Trump tweeted.
In September, President Trump issued an executive order prohibiting efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sexual and racial ideologies. Weeks later, he extended the ban to individuals and companies doing business with the United States and the U.S. armed forces.