A nominee for one of president-elect Biden’s Department of Education posts organized a diversity training workshop where she gave an “extremely complimentary” introduction to her guest speaker, a person who has charged public schools with “spirit murdering” black children.

On Monday Biden selected Unified San Diego School District Superintendent Cindy Marten as his nominee for deputy secretary of education. Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo provided details to Fox News on the training session that took place under Marten’s watch. Notes and screenshots from a presentation attendee claimed the speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, blamed schools of indulging in “spirit murder” and degrading black people. 

That attendee, who asked to remain anonymous, told Fox News that Love received a big introduction by Marten, who, they claim, gave “glowing” compliments while describing Love. On Tuesday, school board president Richard Barerra affirmed to Fox News that Marten’s introduction was “extremely complimentary.”

In her duties as deputy secretary, Marten would gain substantial control over the federal department in charge of governing the nation’s public schools. In addition, she would also have the responsibility of acting secretary in the secretary’s absence.

The unidentified attendee substantiated Rufo’s reporting, which contended that Love said public schools didn’t look at black people as human beings, were culpable of systemic “anti-blackness,” and “spirit murder babies.” Although attendees were reputedly not allowed to record Love’s speech, the attendee asserts to have recounted these remarks from notes they took during the workshop. 

Screenshots from the workshop encourage the concept of “abolitionist teaching,” an idea endorsed by the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), which Love co-founded. The institution’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning,” which was posted on Twitter by Love, demands the abolishment of “all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

It also calls for “reparations for Children of Color stolen by the school-to-prison pipeline” and cautions that “social and emotional learning” “can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control Black, Brown, and Indigenous children and communities to adhere to White norms.”

The report was from August 2020, the month prior to the school district’s training taking place on Sept. 29.

It remains uncertain how much Marten supports these views. Her school district has united with others embarking in an assortment of supposed anti-racist initiatives during racially motivated demonstrations after George Floyd’s death. The unnamed attendee’s notes on Marten’s introduction said: “Recognize our privilege and bias and how it affects our decisions.”

That specific workshop was aimed at managers and principals, as reported by the attendee. With Marten at the helm, the school district also held training that instructed teachers to face up to their “white privilege.”

The staff was informed that they are racist and “upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies” and must dedicate themselves to becoming “anti racist” in the classroom. They were also obligated to sit through clips of Robin DiAngelo, progressive author of the book, White Fragility, and Ibram X. Kendi, far-left author of the book How to be an Antiracist. Kendi, as Fox News previously reported, has suggested “there is no such thing as a non-racist or race-neutral policy” and that favoritism is a legitimate “anti-racist” method. “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination,” he said. 

Biden’s team, Love, and Marten have not commented on the subject.

School board president Barrera staunchly defended the training program and suggested he supported the idea that black children’s spirits were being murdered in classrooms. When questioned whether his district advocated for that idea, he stated: “The work that we’ve done in the trainings … not only, of course, are supported by our district but are supported by our educators who are developing capacity to improve their ability to teach our students and they welcome it and they want more of it.”

He also appeared to condemn Rufo when questioned in the interview if the “spirit murder” argument was something the school district endorsed.

“It sounds like something somebody who’s trying to get followers on a blog is trying to inflame the situation,” Barrera claimed. “We’re in a period in our country right now where we’ve had too many opportunists who are taking advantage of divisions in our country and spreading misinformation and with the intention of dividing people and bringing attention to themselves. We’ve seen too much of that, and that is not what we need to be doing as a country, and certainly not what we’re interested in in our public school system.”

Rufo said to Fox News: “Mr. Barrera is lashing out like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar. But, in this case, the cookie jar is cultural Marxism. He is a threat to children in San Diego and beyond.”Image The San Diego Union-Tribune  

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