A mother in New York is going viral after she branded school board members ‘thieves’ and ‘liars’ for exposing children to critical race theory.
Tatiana Ibrahim, a mother of a child in the system, spoke up in front of the Carmel Central School District school board last Thursday after officials asked for feedback on a failed budget vote.
In an 11-minute speech, Ibrahim accused board members of indoctrinating students with left-wing ideologies and teaching them that they are inherently racist, that police officers are killers and that disagreeing with LGBT values makes them homophobic.
‘I think that the Board of Education and those sitting on the panel are thieves,’ Ibrahim said. ‘I think they’re liars and have committed treason against our children.’
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A New York mother blasted her local school board during a recent meeting
She claimed the school her child is attending was teaching ‘communist values’
‘My message to this district and the members of the Board of [Education] — stop indoctrinating our children,’ the mother continued.
‘Stop teaching our children to hate the police. Stop teaching our children that if they don’t agree with the LGBT community that they’re homophobic.’
‘You have no idea each child’s life. You don’t know what their family lifestyle consists of. You don’t know the makeup of their life. You have children, like mine, who [are] Muslim and I’m Christian.’
Ibrahim made mention of a specific educator who called her child ‘too pasty white’ before a board member asked Ibrahim not to use names.
She questioned why they couldn’t be named, saying that they ‘expose themselves on social media. Talking about calling for the death of a former president. Or, saying that any child that doesn’t believe in Black Lives Matter should be canceled out. Is this what my tax dollars is paying for?’
Ibrahim went on to call out another educator who she accuses of creating a curriculum of ‘Black Panther indoctrination.’
‘You’re teaching my children and other children that if they believe in God almighty, they’re part of a cult. These educators put their own names out there,’ Ibrahim said.
Addressing the entire board, Ibrahim said: ‘You work for me. I don’t work for you. You have a duty. We are entrusting our children to you. We teach our children morals, values. When they grow up to commit crimes and end up in prison, and kill a police officer. It’s our fault? No, it’s your fault.’
At one point, a board member chided Ibrahim on her failure to hold a ‘peaceful conversation’ – but she kept going to note that many of the students in the district are children of police officers before going off on ‘cancel culture.’
Ibrahim also said that teachers shouldn’t go on social media to ‘indoctrinate’ children.
Ibrahim calls the board members ‘thieves and liars,’ accusing them of hiding what is being taught in the schools
When asked to end her speech, Ibrahim refused because the board works for her, before a board member remarked that her position is actually voluntary.
‘You’re emotionally abusing our children and mentally abusing them,’ she told the board. ‘You’re demoralizing them by teaching them communist values.
‘This is still America ma’am. And as long as I’m standing here on this good ground Earth of God, I will fight. This is not the last of me you will see. I’m retired, I’ve got nothing else better to do.
‘I will become your worst nightmare,’ she added before threatening to take her fight ‘to the highest court because you know and I know I’m not the only parent fighting.’
‘You want to silence me because I spoke the truth … now you’re exposed,’ she said before concluding a speech that lasted nine minutes over her allotted time.
Ibrahim is now campaigning for critical race theory to be banned from being taught
On Facebook, she updated her bio to reflect her rant during the school board meeting
The school board has not commented publicly on the rant since last week’s meeting. The video has been viewed over 683,000 times since Thursday.
Ibrahim shared her speech on Facebook and updated her profile to say: ‘I’m that mom who told the board they’re thieves, liars and committed treason against our children.’
On June 7, Ibrahim posted, ‘We will end the wickedness of Critical Race Theory… TOGETHER!’
She has also been touting a hashtag on social media: ‘#YouAndMeCanEndCRT.’
Last month, the Carmel Central School District budget failed, with 1,296 voting against it and 1,125 voting in favor of it (high school pictured)
A public budget hearing was set to be held on June 8, with a new vote set for June 15
According to 77WABC, the community is working on a proposed $133,581,366 budget for the 2021-22 school year.
Last month, the budget failed, with 1,296 voting against it and 1,125 voting in favor of it.
A public budget hearing was set to be held on June 8, with a new vote set for June 15.
The teaching of critical race theory has become a cultural lightning rod in recent months, particularly when taught in schools.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.
Critical race theory teaches that racism is a social construct used to oppress people of color, and that it is present in almost all aspects of everyday life.
Its supporters say the theory helps illuminate the obstacles faced by BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) individuals in their everyday lives, that their white counterparts do not have to worry about.
Critics claim it is unnecessary divisive, and teaches young children that they are either victims or oppressors from an early age.
An English teacher at a $52,000-a-year private school in Englewood, New Jersey quit her job over critical race theory lessons she branded racist.
Dana Stangel-Plowe, who taught at the Dwight-Englewood School in Bergen County, accused the school of creating a ‘hostile culture of conformity and fear’ in her resignation letter on Tuesday.
Stangel-Plowe said Head of School Rodney De Jarnett told the entire faculty that he would fire everyone if he could to replace them with people of color.
She also accused the school of segregating teachers by their skin color – and said students were also made to segregate themselves ‘within the oppressor or oppressed group.’
Her resignation letter was published by the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, (FAIR) an organization created to combat critical race theory teachings in school.
Joe Algrant, the principal of Dwight-Englewood’s Upper School, told the New York Post that he could not comment on personnel matters.
‘In this case all I can say is that Ms. Stangel-Plowe notified us several months ago that she would not be returning next school year,’ he said.
Multiple other expensive private schools have also hit the headlines in recent months over CRT. Elite Manhattan school Dalton saw some parents hit out at its alleged obsession with critical race theory.
And Grace Church School – another private facility located in NoHo – fired math teacher Paul Rossi after he spoke out against CRT.
Another high-profile critic, banker Andrew Gutmann, announced plans to pull his daughter out of elite Manhattan school Brearley over his concerns with CRT.
The state has now joined Tennessee, Oklahoma, Montana and Idaho in banning the teaching of the critical race theory, which critics claim promotes racism
Meanwhile, the opposite debate seems to be unfolding in Georgia at the same time.
Everton Blair Jr., chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, took to Facebook on Friday, one day after the State Board of Education passed a resolution banning the theory in schools.
He said that officials were ‘manufacturing outrage around a problem that isn’t even present, over a concept that most of us haven’t even understood.’
The Georgia State Board of Education voted 11 – 2 on June 3 to pass a resolution banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools, after Republican Governor Brian Kemp wrote the board a letter urging them to adopt such a policy.
In the letter, Kemp writes: ‘It is ridiculous that the Biden Administration is considering using taxpayer funds to push a blatantly partisan agenda in Georgia classrooms.
‘Parents, educators and local communities here in the Peach State know how best to educate their students — not the federal government,’ he wrote, adding: ‘Education in Georgia should reflect our fundamental values as a state and nation — freedom, equality and the God-given potential of each individual.’
The state has now joined Tennessee, Oklahoma, Montana and Idaho in banning the teaching of the theory, as debate over the concept continues throughout the state.