The president of a North Carolina teachers union asked school teachers to pledge their participation to the group Black Lives Matter at School’s “Year of Purpose” program, which was inspired in part by a convicted cop-killer who escaped prison.
At the bottom of its website, Black Lives Matter at School displays a quote from Assata Shakur, a black militant who was found guilty of executing a New Jersey police officer in 1973, reported conservative blogger A.P. Dillon.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love eachother and support eachother.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Shakur, who was born Joanne Deborah Chesimard, lives in Cuba as a fugitive from justice. The FBI’s Most Wanted List offers a $1 million bounty for her capture.
Tamika W. Kelly, president of the NC Association of Educators, shared the link to the BLM pledge on Twitter.
The petition is full of ‘woke’ terminology, including its description regarding the intentions of BLM’s “Year of Purpose.”
“The centerpiece of the Year of Purpose is asking educators to reflect on their own work in relationship to antiracist pedagogy and abolitionist practice, persistently challenging themselves to center Black [sic] lives in their classrooms,” according to the Change.org petition.
The petition states that there will be 12 “days of action” throughout the year, starting with “Black to School” day, in which participants create an “anti-racist action plan” and a “graffiti wall.”
Oct. 14 is Justice for George Floyd Day. Teachers are asked to “call for the defunding of the police.”
Other days include Transgender Day of Remembrance, Queer Organizing Behind the Scenes, Unapologetically Black Day, Revolutionary Black Arts, Black Radical Educator Day and Education for Liberation Day.
More than 800 people, including public school teachers, have signed the pledge.
“I pledge to be an anti racist teacher! #BLM,” a teacher wrote on the petition.
Anti-racism is a concept that comes from critical race theory, which teaches that human worth is determined by intersectional traits, including skin color, ethnicity, sex and gender orientation.
Critical race theory teaches that straight, white, American men oppress other people, while “people of color,” non-Americans, women and LGBTQIA+ people are oppressed.
The goal of anti-racism is the destruction of the American system of government: the Constitution, the rule of law, equal justice under the law, and property rights.
North Carolina Sen. Deanna Ballard, R-Watauga, called on the NCAE to renounce Black Lives Matter at School in a press release.
“It’s despicable that the far-left NCAE would encourage North Carolina teachers to pledge their support for a movement that openly embraces a cop-killing terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list,” Ballard said.
“Police officers in Los Angeles were just targeted for assassination, and this movement honors a cop-killer,” she said. “The NCAE should withdraw its support, apologize to parents and teachers, and renounce violent attacks on police.”
The NCAE said it will continue to support Black Lives Matter at School. The group told Ballard, without explanation, to “get their facts straight.”