USA 2020 Elections: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun Apr 25 21:37:55 PDT 2021

> Judging by Christensen’s remarks, that guilty verdict would clearly
> have been influenced not primarily by the evidence, but by the threat
> of mass rioting and threats to her own personal safety.
>     “I did not want to go through rioting and destruction again and I
> was concerned about people coming to my house if they were not happy
> with the verdict,” she said.
> were swayed by
> the threat of nationwide civil unrest, violence and looting
>     “This is the clearest picture yet of the terroristic intimidation
> Other individuals who testified in defense ... had their
> homes attacked
>     1/2: Vandals hurl decapitated pig’s head & animal blood at
> one-time home of former @SantaRosaPolice Ofc. Barry Brodd
    I was shot by a deranged Leftist who came to the baseball field
with a list of Congressional Republicans to kill.
    This was NOT “suicide by cop.”
    End of story.
    — Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 21, 2021

Illinoisans Overwhelmingly Oppose Racial Indoctrination Rampant In
Schools, Yet They Cower In Silence

Here's What Data Says About The Myth Of "Racism" In Police Killings

Illinoisans Overwhelmingly Oppose Racial Indoctrination Rampant In
Schools, Yet They Cower In Silence

By Mark Glennon of Wirepoints

Illinois’ political establishment is far out of touch with the general
public on the racial dogma now forced on students from kindergarten
through college. Yet a stunning two-thirds of Illinoisans say they
don’t speak up, thereby ceding control to an intolerant, extremist

The proof is in a poll released last month that was mostly buried and
ignored by the press. It primarily addressed what schools now teach as
unquestionable truth: critical race theory, often called anti-racism
or wokism.

Illinoisans don’t like it. The American Council of Trustees and
Alumni, which commissioned the poll, summarized their findings this

    A majority  of respondents  favor equipping teachers to develop
core skills and competencies over the encouragement of  progressive
political activism.  Illinoisans  also  favor  a curriculum that
focuses  on “American founding principles and . . . documents” over
one that  incorporates  key  tenets of the  New York Times’ 1619
Project.  At  the post secondary level,  strong  majorities  oppose
reducing police presence on campus;  support viewpoint diversity;
favor a merit-based application process;  and  prioritize  reducing
the cost of tuition over expanding  diversity  and equity  programs.

That’s completely at odds with mandates from the state’s politicians
and education officials. The Illinois State Board of Education
recently approved woke teaching standards with its “Culturally
Responsive Teaching and Learning Standards” for K-12 education, and
the state earlier made “implicit bias” training required by law for
Illinois teachers.

Among the survey’s specific findings:

    Sixty-two percent of Illinoisans say it’s more important to expose
students to a variety of perspectives, compared to just 23% who want
teachers to embrace progressive viewpoints and perspectives; 15% were
not sure where they stood. The view was shared by a plurality of
Democrats (49.6%) as well as majorities of Republicans (78%) and
Independents (69%).

    Illinoisans reject a core piece of woke teaching, 1619 Project
published by The New York Times, which aims to “reframe the country’s
history” by putting slavery and its enduring consequences “at the very
center of our national narrative.” Forty-eight percent of respondents
favored a focus on “American founding principles and . . . documents,”
compared to 38% who favored “new curriculums that teach children to
understand that America is founded on slavery and remains systemically
racist today.”

    57% of respondents said training programs should focus on making
teachers better equipped to help students develop core skills and
competencies, not on social justice or progressive politics. Just 34%
said the priority should go toward teaching progressive viewpoints and
social justice advocacy to help teachers overcome their own biases and
build more inclusive classrooms

    “A resounding 84% of respondents,” according to the poll’s
sponsor, said that “all people should be treated equally on merit”
when the question was posed in general terms. When asked to think
about the college admissions process specifically, 63% answered that
“all people should be treated equally based on merit, even if that
results in less racial diversity at selective colleges and
universities,” including 89% of Republicans, 62% of Independents and a
plurality (47%) of Democrats.

The polling was done by a reputable firm, Eighteen92, which surveyed
800 Illinois residents.

That last bullet point above is particularly striking because it means
Illinoisans even oppose affirmative action, and it’s affirmative
action that is systemic in most of America, not racism.

Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising since even Californians oppose
affirmative action. In November they voted overwhelmingly to retain
their constitutional ban on affirmative action, which is another story
that was buried. “The margin of defeat, 56 to 44 percent, was striking
to students of political history, because it suggests that race
neutrality is more popular now than when it was initially mandated by
a 1996 ballot initiative that passed by a slightly smaller margin,”
said The Atlantic, which did cover it.

Most significant of all, however, is that over two-thirds of
Illinoisans say they are afraid to speak up on these issues.

Because they fear the mob.

Sixty-four percent of respondents reported that they stop themselves
from expressing their opinion on controversial political and social
issues “often” (30%) or “sometimes” (34%), with an additional 18%
doing so “rarely,” according to the survey sponsor. No surprise there.
National surveys, as the sponsor wrote, “have repeatedly shown that
political correctness has silenced important discussions—among
students on college campuses and in the broader marketplace of ideas.”

Of those who reported self-censoring, 22.4% said the main reason they
do so is because they are worried about unfair criticism, while 22.0%
answered that they are “worried about professional or academic
consequences” for saying the wrong thing.

This must end.

Critical race theory is perhaps the most pernicious and destructive
movements our age. It is a doctrine of hatred and division designed
purposefully to stoke racial division, just as countless tyrannical
movements throughout history have inflamed racial division to divide
and conquer.

It expressly rejects the goals of color blindness and the melting pot,
which have been among the most noble aspirations of America and most
all of the Western Hemisphere. By asserting that race, not character,
fundamentally defines all humans, it rejects, at its core, the most
fundamental premise of our society – that all men are created equal.

Yet it gains momentum every day. “When I say that critical race theory
is becoming the operating ideology of our public institutions, I am
not exaggerating, wrote a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
this week in City Journal. “[F]rom the universities to bureaucracies
to K-12 school systems, critical race theory has permeated the
collective intelligence and decision-making process of American
government, with no sign of slowing down.”

What the majority lacks is courage. Courage to stand one’s ground in
the face of a mob. Courage to speak up to politicians, administrative
officials and school boards. From that City Journal column:

    Above all, we must have courage, the fundamental virtue required
in our time: courage to stand and speak the truth, courage to
withstand epithets, courage to face the mob, and courage to shrug off
the scorn of elites. When enough of us overcome the fear that
currently prevents so many from speaking out, the hold of critical
race theory will begin to slip. And courage begets courage. It’s easy
to stop a lone dissenter; it’s much harder to stop 10, 20, 100, 1,000,
1 million, or more who stand up together for the principles of
America. Truth and justice are on our side. If we can muster the
courage, we will win.

“I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated.” That’s the
title under which a New York teacher last week published his case for
why children “are afraid to challenge the repressive ideology that
rules our school.”

Read his column. Find your own way to show the courage he has. Do not
stand by while our children are indoctrinated.

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