The education system in America is broken. It’s not that it can’t be fixed, but with the current
overlords administrators and school boards running many of them, kids aren’t going to get an actual education in those brainwashing camps school campuses.
You’ve already seen the results of this indoctrination with all of the calls for “safe spaces” when Trump was elected in 2016 and the number of college students and recent college graduates involved in violent, but “mostly peaceful,” demonstrations over the last several years.
Now, a school board in Rochester, Minnesota (the biggest city in Minnesota outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and third largest city in the state) unanimously voted for one of the most absurd things that you can imagine (hat tip to here for the lead). Rachel Mills writes,
The Rochester Public Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to make several phrases and images, including “Black Lives Matter,” government speech, meaning the school can’t be held liable for allowing those views while not allowing opposing views.
“So here with adopting the messages that you’re adopting as government speech, you’re saying these are the messages that we’re communicating as a school district and by doing that we’re not also creating a forum to allow other types of speech to enter the forum,” John Edison, the RPS board attorney said.
By declaring certain phrases involving the Black Lives Matter movement as government speech, the board is protecting itself from legal action because it is allowing one type of speech, but not any speech in opposition to those phrases.
But it’s not just “Black lives matter,” in Rochester schools, speech concerning “Brown lives matter,” “Indigenous lives matter, “Stop Asian hate”, as well as the pride flag, are now all declared official government speech.
What’s the problem with this? It’s that people who focus on these phrases also discount the lives of anyone else. Do black lives matter? Yes. And brown lives, and indigenous lives, and Caucasian lives, too. Every single life matters. Unless you’re white (according to these people).
And there’s also the censorship problem. You know, that pesky First Amendment which is infringed when “educators” don’t allow a more nuanced viewpoint of any sort. But, if you think about it (and, clearly, these folks haven’t), the First Amendment is meaningless if people aren’t allowed to say things that you disagree with.
Of course, the board chair for the schools said, “It is not about telling students what to think and what they can and cannot say, but it does give our district and our staff the authority to speak out about these lives that matter.”
That’s like saying, “This isn’t censorship; it’s just that no one is allowed to say what we don’t allow them to say.”
What absolute nonsense.
If there any parents with any courage in Rochester, they need to be filing a lawsuit against the school system in Rochester for violation of First Amendment speech. Because not allowing other viewpoints is absolutely censorship, and kids in school have just as much a right to freedom of speech as the rest of the country.
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