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Biden Admin Promotes Activist Group That Seeks to 'Disrupt Whiteness,' Spread Critical Race Theory in Schools

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Whiteness is equated with evil by a group working hand in glove with the Biden administration’s Department of Education.

When the Department of Education released a handbook for reopening schools after lockdowns due to COVID-19, one of the links in that resource was to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”

The Department of Education, in discussing the benefits of “equity” in the classroom, said, “Schools are microcosms of society; therefore, culturally responsive practices, intentional conversations related to race and social emotional learning, and helping students understand the skills they are building in school are the foundation for participating in a democracy and should be anchor tenets in building a schoolwide system of educational opportunity.”

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On the phrase “race and social emotional learning,” the department linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s guide.

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The guide, which aligns with the tenets of critical race theory, offers advice such as, “Remove all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

It also calls for schools to provide “antiracist therapy for White educators and support staff.”

The guide linked to by the federal government notes that the Abolitionist Teaching Network also supports “[t]eaching standards, learning standards, and  teacher evaluations that are grounded in the pursuit of Black, Brown, and Indigenous liberation, criticality, excellence, and joy.”

Schools are encouraged to “[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression.”

The guide also claims that existing models of social and emotional learning “can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

The Abolitionist Teaching Network “is dedicated to not creating new schools or reimagining schools, but destroying schools that do nothing but harm black and brown children,” co-founder Bettina Love said in a welcome webinar, according to Fox News.

She said the group’s goal is to have “activists in residence” travel to hotspots and “go into schools or communities and do the work of dismantling,” Fox reported.

“If you don’t recognize that white supremacy is in everything we do, then we got a problem,” Love said. “I want us to be feared.”

Brandelyn Tosolt, another co-founder of the group, said part of her work is “trying to help other white teachers trouble their internalized white supremacy and anti-blackness.”

The group’s Twitter feed, which is now protected, is a succession of race warrior messages.

“At the root of white-supremacy is the fear and hatred of anything and anyone ‘other.’ A desire to dehumanize and dominate,” one March 18 tweet read.

“Abolition because we want to abolish the structures that are used to maintain our oppression, not simply remodel them. Black & Brown children deserve new beginnings!” another tweet read.

“‘When you hit power, power hits back. White supremacy power doesn’t go away, it shifts, and it evolves’-Anthony Downer,” a July 9 tweet quoted.

In a resource cited on the group’s “Resources for Agitators” section on its website, Love said teachers should focus on teaching about racial violence and oppression.

“Teaching should be a part of your activism … You can’t want educational justice from 8-3:30,” she said. “I’m asking for a lifestyle. I’m asking for this to be how you see the world; not just something you do in your classroom.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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