An Illinois father and conservative activist became furious Monday during a speech against critical race theory (CRT) given at a school board meeting in Illinois.
Ty Smith, a weekend radio host, blasted CRT at the board meeting , saying that it will lead children to hate one another and that his personal successes are proof that he is not oppressed due to his race, according to Cities 92.9, the radio station where Smith hosts his program.
CRT teaches that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches individuals to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.
“When you talk about critical race theory which is pretty much going to be teaching kids how to hate each other, how to dislike each other. It’s pretty much what it’s all gonna come down to. You’re going to deliberately teach kids ‘this white kid right here got it better than you because he’s white’ and you’re gonna tell a white kid ‘the black people are all down and suppressed,'” Smith said. “How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?”
Smith has two teenage sons of his own, he told Fox News in an interview after the video went viral.
Watch this parent absolutely obliterate Critical Race Theory at an Illinois school board meeting:
“How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?” pic.twitter.com/gmCRJaphXt
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Attendees of the school board meeting hotly debated the implementation of CRT in the curriculum of Illinois’s District 87, according to Cities 92.9.
The district had previously stated that they would be reconfiguring their science education to focus more on diversity, according to a separate report. Head of the middle school science department, Marsha Veninga, said that the new lessons were “intentionally developed with a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) focus. DEI was of huge importance to [the board],” according to Cities 92.9.
Documents reportedly obtained by Parents Rights In Education via the Freedom of Information Act show curriculum materials directly reference the term “critical race theory,” calling it a method of “developing racial literacy and consciousness.”
District 87 has three separate subcommittees dedicated to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, according to their website.
“Not one white person ever came to me and said, ‘Well son, you’re not going to get anywhere,'” Smith said. “Black folks are getting told by other black folks, ‘you’re never going to be able to get out there in the world because white folks are never going to let you get anywhere, the white man is going to keep you down.'” (RELATED: ‘Define Critical Race Theory’: Far-Left Activists Quickly Shift Goalposts As Parents Nationwide Rebel)
“How did I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down?” he added.
Smith said CRT will reverse Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of being “judged by the content of their character” rather than their skin color in the civil rights leader’s “I Have A Dream” speech. He added that black people do not believe in this “nonsense” and that the children are going to suffer as a result of CRT.
He concluded the speech saying, “CRT stuff? BS!”
Parents have recently begun publicly opposing CRT, one mother calling it “racist” and “abusive” at a Loudoun County school board meeting in Virginia. A parents’ group from the same county listed evidence that the schools are covering up their usage of CRT.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned CRT from the state’s civics curriculum in March and stated that “there is no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory” at a March press conference.
Similarly, Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed a state Senate bill banning CRT to become law without his signature in May.