On Sunday, the leftist Las Cruces Sun-News ran an op-ed from scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s lieutenant governor, Howie Morales, who defended the Governor’s racist Critical Race Theory (CRT)-filled proposed social studies curriculum.
Morales claimed that a fear-driven “noisy minority with a deep stake in maintaining the status quo has seized upon those fears and blown the whole thing way out of proportion.”
Morales then tried to refute claims made by many of the standards being used to engrain leftist political ideas into children’s minds. However, in his attempt at refuting the claim, he admitted it, writing, “The standards promote civic engagement.”
Despite the standards saying America and its very Constitution are racist, Morales claims, “The standards make Black students feel like victims and White students feel guilty. Another false claim. The standards include age-appropriate learning about historic events and historic achievements by all races.”
Multiple tenets of the standards directly refute those claims (this list is not exhaustive in the least):
“Describe how inequity in the United States laid the foundation for conflict that continues today.”
“Demonstrate how diversity includes the impact of unequal power relations on the development of group identities and cultures”
“Assess how social policies and economic forces offer privilege or systemic inequity in accessing social, political, and economic opportunity for identity groups in education, government, healthcare, industry, and law enforcement.”
On the topic of the standards being “divisive,” Morales writes, “The standards promote divisiveness. How could standards that teach children to recognize and honor diversity do that? I think maintaining the status quo in which many groups are excluded from our current standards — or nearly so — is much more dangerous in that regard.”
However, Morales does not mention which specific groups are supposedly “excluded” nor does he refute that the standards do, indeed, pit children against each other based on factors they cannot control, such as race, class, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, location, or heritage — all factors included in the proposed social studies updates.
Morales then claimed, “The proposed standards represent the work of dozens of New Mexico educators from all over the state and contain no hidden agendas.”
No hidden agendas?
One proposed rule has students “examine the history of guns in America as compared to other world powers and the consequences of gun violence on American society past, present, and future.” No hidden agenda from the anti-gun lobby, such as Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown, of which Morales and Lujan Grisham have both been beneficiaries?
The rules ask students to “cite evidence investigating the relationships between equality, equity, justice, freedom, and order in American constitutional democracy.” The United States is a constitutional republic — not a “democracy.” No hidden agenda?
Students are also to “[e]xplore the movement against police brutality.” No hidden agenda from the racist anti-police Black Lives Matter lobby?
Students are to evaluate the “effects of diverse ideologies and the process of political socialization on oneself and society.” No hidden agenda from the socialist/communist sect of the Democrat Party?
Students are to analyze “US government policies to reduce climate disruption.” No hidden agenda from the “climate change” conspiracists who have heavily donated to Lujan Grisham’s and Morales’ campaigns?
Students are called to “[a]ssess the short- and long-term social and political impacts of conservatism in the United States on diverse groups of people.” No hidden agenda against conservatives — the enemy to left-wing extremism?
Morales continues to prove concerned parents’ points by admitting that Critical Race Theory is seeping through in these standards and proposals. He admits that students are told to look at race and other external factors about others that “look like them” — a dog whistle for racism.
“Including ethnic, cultural and identity studies means students will learn that people who look like them helped make this country what it is today. The standards ensure that all students see themselves and their family stories reflected in what they are learning — in other words, social studies tell the stories of all of us. These concepts add to our standards — they do not subtract from them,” claimed Morales.
The Lieutenant Governor concludes by saying the most “radical outcome” is for students to “respect and value others,” although the means of this supposed outcome is through forcing children into a power struggle over their identity and to sew seeds of doubt in their minds about their supposed inherent racism or privilege. This is Critical Race Theory, plain and simple.
Citizens, (especially parents and educators) are encouraged to take action by contacting the NMPED in the following ways to oppose these updates:
Comments are to be taken electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 505-827-6520, or by regular mail addressed to John Sena, Policy Division, New Mexico Public Education Department, 300 Don Gaspar Ave., Room 121, Santa Fe, NM, 87501.
Then most importantly, parents are encouraged to attend an open “virtual” meeting held by the NMPED this Friday, November 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Even though the Department canceled the in-person meeting in fear of hearing what New Mexicans have to say, citizens are encouraged to attend via the Zoom information below:
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