The president of the N.C. Association of Educators is actively promoting a petition where teachers must pledge to participate in social justice and political activism in the classroom through “Black Lives Matter at School’s Year of Purpose” activities.
Earlier this year, the more radical elements of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) were elected into leadership roles. Tamika Kelly took over for outgoing President Mark Jewell who is now on the board of the NCAE’s parent union, National Education Association. Bryan Proffitt, the creator of the NCAE’s social and racial justice caucus Organize2020 and self-described Socialist, was elected as the new vice president.
Kelly tweeted out this petition link on Sept. 9:
As of this article, over 800 have signed it.
“Black Lives Matter! At school. At home. Everywhere. White educators (and white parents) need to do their part,” one of the signers wrote, while another wrote that “I pledge to be an anti racist teacher! #BLM.”
The petition Kelly tweeted resides at Change.org and, ironically, is riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. The text is broken down into sections that include “The Commitment,” “Self-reflection,” and “Actions and Activities.”
This section’s first paragraph begins by naming well-publicized BLM protest cases like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. It then says that “a great Uprising for Black Lives has swept the nation and the world, inciting new urgency and radical possibilities for advancing abolitionist practice and uprooting institutional racism–in our schools and in our boarder [SIC] society.”
According to this section of the petition, the “centerpiece of the Year of Purpose is asking educators to reflect on their own work in relationship to antiracist pedagogy and abolitionist practice, persistently challenging themselves to center Black lives in their classrooms.”
The “Commitment section goes on to say that “educators will be asked to participate in intentional days of action throughout the school year” by “uplifting different intersectional themes vital to making Black lives matter in schools, communities, and beyond.”
The petition then refers to the “Activities and Actions” section and also mentions the use of a book titled “Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers (2019–2020).” This book has the approval of the notable anti-American propagandist and history revisionist Howard Zinn.
Activities and Actions
There are 12 actions and activities and the petition includes more detail of what additional actions happen on those days with some of them including the “principle” behind the action. One of them includes celebrating the birthday of George Floyd and “Black Radical Educator day.”
- FIRST DAY: Black to School (wear a BLM shirt, write up your anti-racist action plan for the year, post a video to social media.)
- October 14th: Justice for George Day
- November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance – Principle: Trans Affirming
- December 3: International People’s with Disabilities Day – Principle: Globalism and Collective Value
- Queer Organizing Behind the Scenes – Principle: Queer Affirming
- Unapologetically Black Day – Principle: Unapologetically Black
- Student Activist DayPrinciples: Loving engagement and Empathy
- Revolutionary Black Arts – Principle: Intergenerational
- Black Radical Educator Day – Principle: Black Villages
- #SayHerName Day Principle: Black Women
- Education for Liberation Day – Principles: Black Families and Diversity
- A Day for Self Reflection – Review all 13 Principles & “reflect on your year of antiracist teaching, possibly in groups.”
Black Lives Matter At School
On the BLMAS website is a page describing the “Year of Purpose” which is the same material previously described in the Change.org petition posted by Kelly.
Included in the Year of Purpose materials is a link to posters and graphics for both the Year of Purpose and one for each month’s action theme to be used on social media or posted in the classroom.
On the BLMAS site’s front page is a quote from Assata Shakur, a.k.a. Joanne Deborah Chesimard:
It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love eachother and support eachother.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
For the uninitiated, the FBI has a $1 million bounty on Shakur after she escaped from prison while serving a life sentence for the execution-style murder of a New Jersey State Trooper. She also has a long criminal history, was a member of the Black Liberation Army and the Black Panthers.
Update: Since this article was published, it has been reported by multiple outlets, including the NY Post that the organization run by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza has been funded by a group with ties to the Communist Chinese government. Garza’s “Black Futures Lab” has been “fiscally sponsored project” of the Chinese Progressive Association, a pro-Communist China group.
Kelly gets pushback
Kelly’s tweet was met with questions from the public, including parents.
This person is an elementary school music teacher and the President of the NC Teachers’ Assn.,” tweeted one parent. “I get the desire to homeschool, private school, or pod, but we need to talk about how reasonable people have ceded control of public schools for decades and we’re suffering for it now.”
Kelly responded by mocking the parent, tweeting that “This person decided to retweet me because I believe that Black students should be able to feel valued & recognized at schools they attend. Who knew that recognizing the humanity in others was controversial? Also public schools are for the public community.”
Actually, the parent who retweeted Kelly laid out the problematic nature of the Black Lives Matter which Kelly chose to ignore. The parent correctly noted in the tweet string that Kelly was “intentionally conflating the political group BLM with care for black children and banking on the ignorance of others who don’t know there’s a BIG difference. Non-activist teachers are afraid to speak up and children are prioritized behind political activism.”
BLM has aligned itself with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and BLM’s own platform includes describing Israel as an “apartheid state” that is involved in “genocide” against the “Palestinian people.”
As for Marxism, the BLM website alone is a case study in cultural Marxism. For those not convinced, in a 2015 interview BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors describes herself and the other two co-founders as “trained organizers” and “trained Marxists.” The full interview can be viewed here.
Current BLM efforts are arm-in-arm with well-documented Antifa-infused arson, rioting, looting, and the murder of citizens in the streets. BLM activists are now conducting the “re-education” of white people by accosting them at outdoor restaurants and on the street.
BLM in North Carolina Schools
The NCAE is not the only education-related group promoting BLM in the classroom. Earlier this year a petition was launched by parents protesting a BLM themed website created by the Wake County Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs.
Back in 2014, a BLM activist was elected to the Durham School Board. He resigned two years later in 2016, after missing 9 out of 16 meetings. The reason he gave for his resignation was that he wanted to “focus on social justice issues and helping to defeat presidential candidate Donald Trump.” His name is Sendolo Diaminah. Read about him.