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Artist Poses Nude in Streets of New York to Remember Slavery and the Violence and Racism that ‘Still Scars America’


By Danette Clark:

WARNING: CONTAINS NUDITY

Buck naked (with the exception of a pair of white pumps), Nona Fuastine poses with both hands pushing against one of the two massive columns that frame the front door of City Hall in New York City, as though attempting to topple the massive building. The caption beneath the photo — ‘They Tagged the Land With Trophies and Institutions From Their Conquests.’

According to The Guardian, Faustine posed naked in the streets of New York as a reminder of the vulnerability of the slaves once sold there and “the violence against humanity that still troubles the nation today”.

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In another photo, Faustine is seen standing nude on a wooden box, reminiscent of an auction block, in the middle of an intersection on Wall Street. This photo caption says ‘From Her Body Came Their Greatest Wealth’.

Admittedly, Faustine’s “White Shoes” series is intended to serve as more than a just a reminder that individual racism exists. It’s a public declaration of her belief that America’s “financial systems are founded in blood“.

These kinds of public statements, this narrative that the American system is inherently and systemically racist, have become increasingly common in recent years. But why?

According to reparation activist Charles Ogletree, this is a narrative that must be, not only introduced to, but incessantly imposed upon society so that the reparations movement, specifically reparations lawsuits, can succeed.

Last week, I wrote about the new Slavery Memorial and Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University and how they contribute to the advancement of this narrative.

Specifically, as Charles Ogletree wrote in Tulsa Reparations: The Survivor’s Story, in order to succeed in obtaining reparations for African-Americans, there is a need to “promote the convergence of interests between reparationists and the reluctant majority population by forcing the majority population to confront past and present injustices against African Americans. ” It’s a strategy being used to literally, in the words of Ogletree, “transform the American debate about race” and “re-orient the public’s perception”.

According to Jon Levin at mic.com, Nona Faustine says the white heels she wore in each of her photos symbolize “the white patriarchy that people of color can never escape”.

Levin goes on to suggest that:

Much of that patriarchy can be seen in the practical manifestations of race in America. Slavery and the cruelty of the Jim Crow era left a staggering wealth gap between black Americans and their white counterparts.

Apparently, Levin too got the memo from the reparations movement that says the majority population must see inequality and disparities all around them and then come to believe that those disparities exist as a direct result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, or else African-Americans won’t get paid.

To read more on the reparations movement in America, start here.

DOJ Grants $63 Million for Social Justice School Discipline Promoted by Bill Ayers


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The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice recently promised a whopping $63 million to investigate school safety programs and to reward districts for implementing “restorative justice” and other related school discipline programs.

According to an October 1st statement from Attorney General Eric Holder, “This funding is being awarded as part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build practical, and scientifically-sound, knowledge about effective ways to increase school safety nationwide.”

However, according to a review of past and current restorative justice initiatives in schools, the funding appears to be just another effort to expand whole-child social justice reforms touted by far-left progressive educators like William Ayers.

Believing that the American education system is inherently racist and oppressive and students of color only act out because they are victims of that system, Ayers began writing about restorative justice alternatives to school discipline many years ago. Examples are his 1998 book, A Kind and Just Parent, and 2001 book, Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools.

In 2012, Ayers led in the writing of a brief titled Increasing Safety Through Restorative Justice: Making Schools Safer for Girls and LGBTQ Students of Color in Chicago’s Public Schools, wherein he again suggests restorative methods like peace circles, student trials, and peer conferences as an alternative to the “disproportionate disciplinary referrals and sanctions” of LGBT students and students of color.

The radical ed organization, Rethinking Schools, says restorative justice in schools is a victory for activist educators like Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who have been fighting the “school-to-prison pipeline” that they believe exists because of the unfair suspension and expulsion of students of color.

Apparently, the Obama administration agrees.

Just prior to the launching of the current $63 million DOJ initiative, the US Department of Education published a Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline, recommending “alternative disciplinary approaches such as restorative justice” to counter the “racial and gender disproportionality in school punishment.” Resources on “ending the school-to-prison pipeline” are referenced in the footnotes.

The Department of Ed resource also recommends the use of school-based psychologists, behavioral interventionists, school social workers, and mental health providers, all of whom, in addition to other school and district staff, should be trained in cultural competence, “to enhance staff awareness of their implicit or unconscious biases and the harms associated with using or failing to counter racial and ethnic stereotypes.”

Although this DOE resource and accompanying DOJ initiative are recent, the Obama administration’s push for this kind of alternative discipline program is not.

Before deciding to throw $63 million in tax payer dollars into restorative justice and like programs, the Obama Ed Department first tried its overreaching hand at forcing districts to implement them.

EAGnews recently reported that, in 2011, the Obama administration accused the Los Angeles Unified School District of discriminating against black boys who were “suspended for bad behavior at a disproportionate rate.” The district was then ordered to “reduce suspensions in hopes that unruly minority students would stay in school and graduate.” However, the results have been disastrous for teachers and other students in the district who are trying to learn admid the chaos.

Specifically, EAG reported that educators in the district told IBD that even with a restorative justice counselor, they still have the same problems, except now, kids aren’t even being suspended for serious offenses like fighting, drugs, and threats against teachers.

The IBD report continued:

Instead of being kicked out of school or suffering other serious punishment, even repeat offenders get ‘restorative justice’ therapy.

They can negotiate the consequences for their bad behavior, which usually involves ‘dialogue sessions,’ in which teachers join unruly kids in ‘talking circles’ to foster greater ‘cultural understanding.’

Talk invariably turns to racism and ‘white bias.’ Teachers are trained to make sure black kids ‘feel respected.

Couple this with the social justice curriculum thousands of schools are now teaching, and it might seem this is what social justice education looks like when firing on all cylinders. But it’s not – there’s more.

According to David Yusem, the Restorative Justice Program Coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), “restorative justice is really part of a larger strategic vision of serving the whole child, and creating what we call “full-service community schools” that even include “medical and dental facilities… so kids can get that for free.”

Yusem continues, “We have to understand that education has to be more than just 3 + 3, right? Kids can’t learn well if they’re hungry. They can’t learn if their tooth hurts. So restorative justice is part of that strategy, and it really works here to empower youth.”

In other words, instead of accountability and consequences for bad behavior, troublesome students – who, through the lens of ‘cultural competence’ and ‘justice’, are viewed as victims of a racist system – are given more free stuff.

Despite using restorative justice to some degree in the district for several years, OUSD also faced a 2012 Department of Education civil rights investigation into high suspension and expulsion rates among African-American boys.

DOJ’s National Institute of Justice says that of the $63 million allotted, $3.5 million is being spent to enhance school safety data collection. Specifically, NIJ says it is partnering with the Department of Justice, Department of Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the Secret Service Division of the Treasury Department to share “knowledge, research efforts, data collection activities and strategies, and programs supported by each agency.”

At the local level, districts receiving restorative justice grants, like Rhode Island’s Central Falls School District, for example, are working with their state departments of children and youth services to integrate all family court juvenile justice data with education, health, and other relevant data on students.

It stands to reason that the federal government will then have access to that data as well – for safety reasons, of course.

High Schoolers to Participate in ‘New’ Students for a Democratic Society Convention this Weekend


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The “new” Students for a Democratic Society will hold its 9th Annual National Conference this weekend at the University of Minnesota.

Conference topics include “no war”, “education for all”, and “end repression.”

The new SDS is a reincarnation of the 1960’s SDS organization, whose members included communists and domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers, Mike Klonsky, and Howard Machtinger.

The original SDS disbanded around 1970 after many of its members splintered off to form other groups because of disagreements over just how “non-violent” they should be.

The more violent of the ‘non-violent’ members (Ayers, Klonsky, Machtinger, and several others) banned together to form the infamous Weathermen organization. After bombing police stations and other government offices, the group spent the next several years ‘underground’ hiding from the FBI, and thus changed their name to the Weather Underground Organization.

According to FBI reports:

When the SDS collapsed in 1969, the Weather Underground stepped forward, inspired by communist ideologies and embracing violence and crime as a way to protest the Vietnam War, racism, and other left-wing aims. “Our intention is to disrupt the empire…to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks,” claimed the group’s 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire. By the next year, the group had claimed credit for 25 bombings and would be involved in many more over the next several years.

In 2006, two high school students joined forces, and, calling on the help of a few 1960s SDS members, formedthe new Students for a Democratic Society, which says it intends to “build a million student movement” that will “take back our schools first, and then our country.”

The SDS of today, which claims to have more than 150 chapters in colleges and high schools across the country, appears to be continuing the work of the old SDS. Specifically, the organization says, in addition to campaigning for equal education for all, it is currently campaigning against “racism,” “U.S. imperialism” and “U.S. war and occupation.”

According to its website, an SDS group from Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Maryland says it wants its student body “to have equal say in what effects the student body’s life… creating a place where students have equal say to the P.T.A., Teachers and Administration.”

The group continues:

Our hope is to achieve a student run school and class rooms.

We want teachers to be facilitators not authority figures, so class rooms are not based around obedience, but around passion for the subject.

Not only is the ideology of the new SDS the same as that of the old, but judging from the list of speakers lined up for this weekend’s conference, its radical associations are also the same.

For example, one of tomorrow’s scheduled speakers is Joe Iosbaker, a former SEIU Local 73 Chief Steward whose home was raided by the FBI in 2011 because he and his wife were believed to be part of a group providing material support to jihadist terrorist organizations.

According to WND, Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner (a founder of AFSCME Local 3506), worked as leaders of the Chicago New Party, “a controversial 1990s political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.”

Joe currently writes for the Marxist publication, Fight Back! News.

Even Bill Ayers is involved in the SDS of today, although not surprising since he has made it his life’s work to radicalize America’s youth. Last year, Ayers and several other university professors endorsed the new SDS’s National Day of Action for Education Rights.

According to Fight Back! News, this weekend’s convention sessions will include, “From Ferguson to Palestine: Political Repression is a Crime!,” “From the Belly of the Beast: Fighting Back against U.S. Wars and Imperialism,” “Building Struggle in Red States,” and “Education Is a Right: Campus Economic Fight Backs and Achieving Access to Higher Education for Everyone.”

Divestment Activists Claim Climate Change is Fueled by Racism, Classism and Imperialism


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Despite mounting evidence repudiating the existence of man-made global warming, environmentalist groups persist in their recruiting of students to join the fossil fuel divestment movement.

According to the youth-led climate change group, We Are Power Shift, more than 300 college campuses, cities, faith-based institutions, foundations, and pension funds have committed to divesting from fossil fuels.

We Are Power Shift declares:

It’s wrong to wreck the planet and it’s even worse to profit from that wreckage. The fossil fuel divestment movement is calling on mission-driven institutions to divest from the dirty, dangerous fossil fuel companies that have caused climate catastrophe in their ruthless pursuit of profit. We hold our universities to a higher standard and are demanding they divest from this human rights violating rogue industry.

In the Divest Now! video on their website, We Are Power Shift says, “by fighting fossil fuel industries, we’re not only fighting climate change, but the racism, classism, and imperialism that they perpetuate.”

In the wake of the People’s Climate March that took place last month in New York City, several more colleges, churches, and individual investors, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, have pledged to divesting from fossil fuel companies.

According to Time, those recent commitments amount to $50 billion in assets.

When speaking to Time about the Rockefeller Brothers commitment, a recent University of California Berkeley graduate said, “the idea that heirs of an oil tycoon would reroute billions of dollars away from fossil fuel companies was laughable when she began advocating that her school divest…”

What seems even more laughable is the fact that We Are Power Shift is funded in part by Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF).

According to RBF’s website, “the Fund’s immediate focus will be on limiting its exposure to coal and tar sands, two of the most intensive sources of carbon emissions, with the goal to reduce its investments to less than one percent of the total portfolio by the end of 2014.”

As public school systems become increasingly more progressive — teaching global warming as fact and opening classroom doors to radical outside organizations — the number of youth joining the divestment movement will likely continue to increase exponentially.

For example, last month in New York, several teacher and parent associations partnered with the NYC Department of Education’s Sustainability Department to provide curriculum and back to school materials in an effort to engage more students in the climate change conversation.

They even went so far as to encourage students to participate in a competition whereby the student who submitted “the most #SelfiesToSaveTheWorld at the People’s Climate March” would win a $5,000 sustainability grant for their school.

According to 350.org, it was a group of local high school students who convinced the mayor of Ithaca, NY last year to commit the city to divesting from fossil fuels.

As recently reported, tens of thousands of students from more than 300 school campuses were expected to participate in the People’s Climate March that took place on September 21st. Although not possible for anyone to determine the number of youth that actually attended, one thing is certain — they left piles andpiles of non-biodegradable trash behind.

To see a list of the cities, universities, and other institutions that have already made commitments to divest from our most needed energy sources, go to GoFossilFree.org.

Teach for America: Math is ‘the domain of old, white men’ and 2+2 Doesn’t Always Equal 4


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According to a Teach for America website, culturally responsive teaching in math is important because “math has traditionally been seen as the domain of old, White men.”

As reported earlier this week, Teach for America groups across the country are committing themselves to “culturally responsive teaching,” a radical pedagogy used by communist Bill Ayers and other blatant anti-American indoctrinators.

The site, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teach for America, says that because math is seen as a domain for old, white men, many students cannot identify with it. Therefore, educators should find ways to relate math to the lives of their students.

Judging from the math curriculum recommended, this TFA group, like all other social justice educators, wants minorities to believe that what relates most to their lives in America is racism and oppression.

For example, the site recommends “Critically Conscious Mathematics” and “Radical Math.”

Read the rest.

Discovery Education Brings Anti-American Curriculum to the Classroom


By Danette Clark

Discovery Education, the education division of Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, currently provides curriculum resources to more than 1 million educators serving more than 35 million students.

Ironically, Discovery Education claims to provide “non-fiction”, “high quality content” to educators and students, when in fact, what they offer is a generous supply of superficial and extremely biased material fabricated by radicals.

For example, Discovery provides lessons to Kindergarten through 5th grade students on white privilege (a favored topic among progressives). The lesson recommends, as resources, two very radical organizations, Rethinking Schools and Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2012, Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program was terminated after it was determined that curriculum material, among other violations of state law, promoted racism and the overthrow of the United States government.

Several books used as supporting curriculum material were subsequently removed from Tucson classrooms because they were found to be extremely hostile toward whites and depicted white people and America, in general, as racist and oppressive. One of the books removed was Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Rethinking Schools.

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Read about Rethinking Schools’ social justice math curriculum here.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (also recommended by Discovery Education’s white privilege lesson) praises and promotes the work of communist educator Bill Ayers while labeling the Christian organization, Family Research Council, as a hate group because of its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Another Discovery lesson, created by AGC/United Learning, offers a melodramatic revisionist history of Christopher Columbus so overinflated that it is literally laughable. The lesson proclaims, that “because of the explorations of just one man named Christopher Columbus…”, native Americans lost both their land and their lives to their new European rulers and millions of Africans were brought to the New World to be slaves.

Discovery Education works with the Council of Chief State School Officers in the areas of professional development and assessments, and much of its digital content was specifically created to align with the Common Core State Standards.

‘Radical Math’: Social Justice Indoctrination in Math Class Courtesy of Common Core Assessment Creators and Obama-Backed Ed Reform


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By Danette Clark

Re-post with new information. Original posted January 12, 2013.

To ensure that not a single minute of precious indoctrination time is wasted in the school day, liberal educators have incorporated brainwashing into every course subject, including math.

Next month, the organization, Creating Balance in an Unjust World, will hold its annual conference on “math education and social justice”.

The conference is sponsored by Radical Math, an organization founded by Jonathan Osler, a math and community organizing teacher at a Coalition of Essential Schools high school in Brooklyn, NY.

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is the progressive education reform movement expanded by President Obama and domestic terrorist William Ayers through their work with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in the 90’s.

As I explained here, Common Core ‘architect’ David Coleman’s Grow Network also worked with Chicago Public Schools, Obama, and Ayers during that time.

Common Core assessment creator, Linda Darling-Hammond, who served as education advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is a long-time advisory board member to the Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools (BayCES/National Equity Project).

Radical Math and the Creating Balance Conference both provide training and resources for teachers to learn how to teach mathematics for social justice.  For example, participating trainers coach elementary school teachers to not use traditional math lessons when teaching children to calculate the cost of food. Rather, they recommend making it clear to students that in a truly just society, food would be as free as the air we breathe.

Radical Math’s website provides over 700 lesson plans and other resources covering a wide range of political and social issues (with extreme bias), including globalization, the redistribution of wealth, and various ways the poor are discriminated against and oppressed by whites, banks, corporations, the rich, and the government. One such resource, Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers, contains chapters titled, “Sweatshop Accounting”, “Racism and Stop and Frisk”, “When Equal Isn’t Fair”, “The Square Root of a Fair Share”, and “Home Buying While Brown or Black”.

Rethinking Mathematics is a creation of Rethinking Schools, an organization that refers to William Ayers as “a long-time supporter”. In 2011, Ayers was keynote speaker at  Rethinking Schools’ 25th Anniversary Benefit.

Co-founder and co-organizer of the Creating Balance in an Unjust World/Radical Math Conference, Kari Kokka, works with Linda Darling-Hammond at the Standard Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), the very organization currently creating Smarter Balanced and PAARC assessments for the Common Core State Standards.