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You're 'Acting Like Some of Us Are Guilty for Just Existing': Watch Student Defy Woke School Board in Front of Parents

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You probably haven’t heard of Brad Taylor before. My guess is that this might not be the last time you hear his name.

The 15-year-old Taylor is — or rather, was — a student at Rosemount High School in Rosemount, Minnesota. He’s decided to leave the district, telling the Minnesota-centric conservative news outlet Alpha News that “it wasn’t a healthy environment for any student to be in” due to the encroachment of critical race theory.

However, before he left, he decided to give the school board in Minnesota Independent School District 196 a piece of his mind. It’s now going viral after being posted to YouTube by the Daily Caller, with over 500,000 views as of Tuesday morning. That’s more than 125,000 per day since it was posted Friday.

In the speech, Taylor criticized the school for promoting a “leftist agenda in class” and said the district’s “schools are quickly becoming a place where promoting activism is actually more important than promoting education.”

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Taylor began by going back to the fall, his first day of his freshman year at Rosemount High School, and recounting how “the principal came out and gave us a heartfelt speech about equality and standing together.”

The principal, he said, listed various races while “expressing how much they matter and how important they are.”

“But never once did he mention an identity that reflects me or half the kids that were in the class.”

There was a bit of what the kids might like to characterize as a “sick burn” next — with Taylor noting to the board members, “I know you haven’t been to school in a while and I know most of you don’t have any kids left in the school district.” Apparently, those who make the rules in District 196 don’t necessarily have any skin in the game and, one might guess, are more motivated by political than parental concerns.

“You must admit how uncomfortable it will be to be characterized just by your skin color on the first day of school and be thought that you were wrong just because of your skin color,” Taylor continued. “I’ll never forget the look one of my friends gave me from across the room as we were sitting there listening to this blatant bias being expressed in the so-called equity statement by the leader of our school.

“To be clear, I don’t need you to tell me that I matter, but hearing the condolences given to other races and leaving just one race out, inevitably you’ll start to feel like you’ve done something wrong,” he added. “In our principal’s attempt to unify us, he instead created unwarranted boundaries and barriers between his students, pitting us against each other based on characteristics that we can’t control.”

In his speech, Taylor told the board he didn’t just hear from other students who felt pressured to conform to a certain viewpoint in order to secure a good grade. He said he was also approached by teachers who told him they agreed with his views but couldn’t express that because they feared retaliation from the district.

“There is clearly only one way to think in this district,” Taylor said.

Taylor asked the board members to “look at yourselves in the mirror tonight and ask, are you really standing up for the equality of all people, or are you just pushing a damaging political ideology on our students?”

He added that he would be attending a Christian school online and while there would be sacrifices, like not being able to walk in graduation, “I will be able to learn an environment that is not intent on punishing me daily for my skin color and political views.”

Even if the board members wanted to write Taylor’s speech off as “malarkey or Fox News talking points,” he urged them to think about it and promised to do something big with his life.

“It’s a shame that you’re not going to be able to say that I was an alumni of RHS in District 196,” he said, ending his speech to applause.



He amplified his points in an interview with Alpha News.

“The problem is these school districts are acting like some of us are guilty for just existing, and somehow inadvertently responsible for any injustice [and] from what I saw, it made all the kids who have been in RHS feel uncomfortable and tense,” Taylor told the outlet.

However, he said they “are afraid to say or do the wrong thing.”

For instance, he said, the school mandated students spend nine minutes and 43 seconds in “silent reflection” on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd in custody of Minneapolis police last year. Taylor told Alpha News that teachers had said students could “just do homework” during the time, but he said students felt pressure they would be called “racist” if they questioned the “proclamation” at all.

Now, Taylor told Alpha News, he and his mother, Tiffany, are getting “lots of messages from other [District] 196 parents who are also concerned about their kids” and asking for guidance.

“If just one person stands up, then other people will feel more empowered to do the same,” Taylor said.

Over 200 parents and other members of the local community attended the June 14 meeting where he gave the speech, according to Alpha News. It’s had half a million views online.

There’s no way to judge empowerment, but Brad Taylor’s certainly got people’s ear about public school indoctrination — and he’s got you believing this isn’t the last you’ll hear of him.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Disaster in Heartland as Amtrak Violently Derails, Multiple Casualties Confirmed

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An Amtrak train derailment in northern Montana has left at least three dead and 50 injured.

Amtrak said its Empire Builder train went off the tracks at about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, Montana, according to the Billings Gazette.

The Chicago-to-Seattle train of 10 cars and two locomotives had 141 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

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Dave Ghekiere, chief of the volunteer fire department in nearby Chester, said he believed at least 15 people were hospitalized, according to NBC.

Passenger Megan Vandervest was napping in a sleeper car when the derailment took place, according to CNN.

“I would describe the experience as kind of extreme turbulence on an airplane but louder, and there was kind of a lot of smoke smell. The first thought I really had when I woke up was, ‘Oh my God we’re derailing,'” she said.

“It was probably 10 or 15 seconds of rocking back and forth and tons of noise, and then we came to a stop. Really we didn’t know what was going on for a couple minutes,” she said.

After being evacuated, she understood how close a call she had, according to The New York Times.

Her car was on the tracks, but carnage came after that.

The car behind hers was at an angle and the one behind that had tipped over.

The next three cars  “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train,” she said.

Amanda Frickel, disaster and emergency services coordinator for Hill County, said rescuers from six adjoining counties responded and that five hospitals were on alert to care for the injured.

“Everybody who is alive has been extricated from the wreck,” Frickel said.

“Every county around is assisting,” said Sheriff Donna Whitt of Toole County.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. No cause for the derailment had been determined as of Sunday morning.

“We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident,” Amtrak said in a statement. “There are also reported injuries among the passengers and crew members traveling on the train. Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport those who were injured to medical care, and to safely evacuate everyone else at the scene.”

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An Amtrak train derailment in northern Montana has left at least three dead and 50 injured. Amtrak said its Empire Builder train went off the tracks at about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, Montana, according to the Billings Gazette. The Chicago-to-Seattle train of 10 cars and two locomotives had 141 passengers and 16 crew members on board. My mother-in-law shared these photos with me—the Empire Builder @Amtrak train they were on derailed near Havre, Montana. @AmtrakAlerts pic.twitter.com/6p7aksKdTF — Jessica Arp (@newsbyjessica) September 25, 2021 Dave Ghekiere, chief of the volunteer fire department in nearby Chester, said he believed at least 15 people were hospitalized, according to NBC. Passenger Megan Vandervest was napping in a sleeper car when the derailment took place, according to CNN. “I would describe the experience as kind of extreme turbulence on an airplane but louder, and there was kind of a lot of smoke smell. The first thought I really had when I woke up was, ‘Oh my God we’re derailing,'” she said. “It was probably 10 or 15 seconds of rocking back and forth and tons of noise, and then we came to a stop. Really we didn’t know what was going on for a couple minutes,” she said. After being evacuated, she understood how close a call she had, according to The New York Times. Her car was on the tracks, but carnage came after that. The car behind hers was at an angle and the one behind that had tipped over. The next three cars  “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train,” she said. Amtrak passenger @MegVandervest was on the train in Montana when it derailed on Saturday. She says some survivors described a ‘gory’ scene in their coach cars. At least three are confirmed dead. The train…

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Cat Reunited with Owner After More Than a Decade; microchip a key

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In 2009, a black-and-white cat named Tom went missing. His owner, Donna White, was torn, but her boy was gone, and year after year passed without any sign of him.

There was one crucial thing White had done, though, that eventually led her cat home: She had microchipped him.

Tom somehow had made his way from his owner’s home in Cardiff, Wales, to a cemetery in the same city. While taking up residence there, he met a black stray cat, and the two became fast friends.

The locals who lived on the property fed the cats, assuming they were strays. But this year, Tom’s friend (named Dennis) was declining rapidly in health, so one of the residents, Peter, reached out to Anna’s Rescue Centre for help.



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“It’s been an emotional few days,” the rescue center posted on Facebook last Saturday. “The story behind our old boys goes like this… we were called out to the cemetery because Peter was extremely worried that flies were settling on and taking over Dennis’ body, he was getting weaker and weaker. We went and picked them up straight away, we all thought that it was going to be a case of making these boys comfortable at the cattery for their final days.

“These boys are very old, the flies must have sensed death was near and used Dennis’ body to lay their eggs. A living vessel their offspring could thrive on. Absolutely horrid. He would have surely been dead within days if it hadn’t been for Peter calling us.”

While Dennis didn’t have a microchip when scanned, Tom did — but the details hadn’t been updated. The rescue center sent out a plea for help.



“Using the power of social media,” they posted on Facebook on Sept. 16, “we are looking for a lady with the last name WHITE. Who lives or used to live on Claude Road. Cardiff. This lady’s cat Tom went missing 12 years ago!!! We have him here safe and sound!!!! Details aren’t up to date. I guess many would lose hope after such a long time. But hope is everything.

“Please share, let’s make a dream come true and give everyone with a missing cat hope.”

Donna White saw the post, and the result was both a beautiful reunion 12 years in the making and a bonus adoption that took place on Sept. 17. White spent hours reorganizing her home so that Tom and Dennis could have their own room.

In the reunion video, Tom looks like he’s pretty unmoved by his owner’s presence and tears, but the rescue team shared an amusing explanation.



“The whole time mum lay there crying with happiness, overwhelmed with emotion, tom was having a ‘stare off’ with the cat in the pen beside him,” they wrote.

“Mum leaned down to kiss him, he sort of acted like ‘woah, im trying to act hard here mum’. I absolutely love cats attitude towards life. After he finished showing the cat who’s boss, it was then he started purring and getting involved with the reunion.”

Tom is now 20, and Dennis doesn’t have much time left — but after medical attention he’s doing better. Both cats will be able to live their last days in comfort, being loved on by White and getting all the care and food they need.

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In 2009, a black-and-white cat named Tom went missing. His owner, Donna White, was torn, but her boy was gone, and year after year passed without any sign of him. There was one crucial thing White had done, though, that eventually led her cat home: She had microchipped him. Tom somehow had made his way from his owner’s home in Cardiff, Wales, to a cemetery in the same city. While taking up residence there, he met a black stray cat, and the two became fast friends. The locals who lived on the property fed the cats, assuming they were strays. But this year, Tom’s friend (named Dennis) was declining rapidly in health, so one of the residents, Peter, reached out to Anna’s Rescue Centre for help. “It’s been an emotional few days,” the rescue center posted on Facebook last Saturday. “The story behind our old boys goes like this… we were called out to the cemetery because Peter was extremely worried that flies were settling on and taking over Dennis’ body, he was getting weaker and weaker. We went and picked them up straight away, we all thought that it was going to be a case of making these boys comfortable at the cattery for their final days. “These boys are very old, the flies must have sensed death was near and used Dennis’ body to lay their eggs. A living vessel their offspring could thrive on. Absolutely horrid. He would have surely been dead within days if it hadn’t been for Peter calling us.” While Dennis didn’t have a microchip when scanned, Tom did — but the details hadn’t been updated. The rescue center sent out a plea for help. “Using the power of social media,” they posted on Facebook on Sept. 16, “we are…

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