Minnesota citizens are putting up a strong fight against Critical Race Theory (CRT), as many of them have been discriminated against for opposing this Marxist ideology that they seek to impose on American society as an absolute and unquestionable truth.
On Monday, July 26, in a press conference held at the Minnesota Capitol, three new lawsuits were announced to address the discrimination they are suffering for opposing the (CRT), as reported by the local media Alphanews.
The three lawsuits are being represented by, Doug Seaton, president of Upper Midwest Law Center, who said during the filing that the plaintiffs are “bravely confronting CRT-inspired bullying, indoctrination and retaliation, which is not ‘training’ or persuasion,” to which he added, “The U.S. Constitution, the federal Civil Rights laws, and their Minnesota counterparts don’t permit this race-based discrimination, retaliation, compelled speech, and invasion of privacy,”
Seaton also said the discrimination law violations are related to Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory and “Project 1619” and are backed by propaganda at Hennepin Health System, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Lakeville schools.
In two of the cases, prior to filing lawsuits, their claims must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in the other a lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the Lakeville area schools.
During the presentation the plaintiffs also spoke.
In the first case, Tara Gustilo, who before being removed from her position for opposing CRT, was president of obstetrics and gynecology at Hennepin Healthcare System, spoke out.
Gustilo is a Filipino-American physician and said she is sorry to file the lawsuit but is doing so because she sees “a racist and divisive ideology of race essentialism taking over our nation and my institution,” which is creating intolerance toward those with different views.
This physician had helped create a program to “better understand the varying traditions and cultures of the diverse community” which later morphed into a program of “segregated care based on race.”
She also said she objected to her department’s public support of a Black Lives Matter event that violated HHS policy against affiliation with political groups.
And another element that led her to file the lawsuit is that both “the medical executive team” and Human Resources disagreed with posts of hers on facebook against Critical Race Theory, so they told her that her ideas are an obstacle in her ability to lead.
She was formally removed from her position as chair of obstetrics and gynecology, last April.
Another of those who spoke was Joe Norgren, who was “forced” to retire because of the hostility he received for opposing courses that promoted CRT and to give up his religious beliefs after 27 years at Minnesota Security Hospital.
He said he had to attend two trainings, one on “How to be Anti-Racist” and the other entitled “Understanding Gender Identity and Expression.”
He said that in the first one they taught that the U.S. is the source of racist ideas and that for the second training she requested religious exemption, which was denied.
He also recounted that in 2018 his supervisor asked him about how many genders he believes there are, he responded that there are two, which led to an argument about it causing his superior to tell him that with those ideas he could be fired.
The third case involves Bob and Cynthia Cajune and Kalynn Wendt, who are Lakeville taxpayers.
Wendt, represents their daughter Novalee, who is known for her videos speaking out against Critical Race Theory at school board meetings in her district.
According to the lawsuit, the school district began posting “Black Lives Matter” signs in April.
This was the caption underneath those posters:
“At Lakeville Area Schools, we believe Black Lives Matter and stand with the social justice movement this statement represents. This poster is aligned to School Board policy and an unwavering commitment to our Black students, staff and community members.”
The contributors requested that other slogans with a different look be included as well, which was rejected by the school district.
This is not the only case of ideologizing in Minnesota schools, last July 19, at a Stephen District school board meeting, a student at Sartell-St. Paul School spoke about an equity survey she had to complete and was asked not to talk about it with her parents.