A Minnesota mom recently told her local school board that critical race theory teaches her black children “that they will never be able to make it.”
Kofi Montzka, an attorney and mother of three children, urged the Roseville Area Schools Board to “stop promoting critical race theory and Black Lives Matter” in the classroom.
“People who support CRT think people like me and people who are against CRT are racist. That’s their only defense. Yet CRT is racist. It tells kids of color like my children that they will never be able to make it and white kids that they are inherently racist,” she said at a Tuesday board meeting.
The national campaign to remove critical race theory, or CRT, from public schools has been met with an inconsistent response from left-wing critics. Some claim that CRT is a 40-year-old legal theory that isn’t taught in public schools while others defend CRT as simply a way of teaching kids about America’s history of racism.
Conservatives argue that CRT’s central concepts pervade public education, even if CRT isn’t explicitly listed in curriculums.
“We do have CRT in this school. I see it everyday,” said Montzka, who said one of her kids was required to read an article about how “he would face racism in every facet of his life, from education to the workplace to health care.”
“He showed me this article because he found it very discouraging,” she said.
In another case, a middle school in the district “segregated kids based by race” to talk about George Floyd’s death, she said.
“In the email, it said we will have a group for whites, for blacks, for Asians, for Hispanics. I couldn’t even believe it that we’re going back to segregation after all we’ve fought for,” said Montzka.
She also criticized the district for adopting policies that apparently discourage “teachers from disciplining kids of color.” These policies teach black children that “they’re not like white people who can behave,” she said.
“Well I have to tell you something: not disciplining them is the pipeline to prison, telling them they don’t have to be accountable,” said Montzka.
Roseville Area Schools is a member of Equity Alliance Minnesota, a group that charges member districts to learn how to “identify the impacts of racism and bias in and out of the classroom.”
Montzka concluded her remarks by claiming the Black Lives Matter movement “makes black people delusional and blames white people for all our problems.”
“Systematic racism does not exist. We used to have systematic racism. It was called slavery and segregation and we fought alongside each other to end it. It doesn’t exist. BLM said they’re fighting for the liberation of black people. Well we are free. Breaking news: we are free,” she said.
“Our successes belong to us as do our challenges, and the wonderful thing is we can do better for ourselves,” Montzka continued. “We don’t have to sit around and wait for some white savior to come around and help us. I wish Roseville schools gave that message.”
But she doesn’t think they will because white administrators “need black people to be victims to cleanse yourselves of your unjustified white guilt,” she told the board.
“I hope my kids find your racist messages unbelievable because they’ve seen me, their mom, who was raised by a drug addict and suffered abuse as a child, become a lawyer,” she said. “If I was inundated with these ideas, I don’t know where I’d be today.”