Though it should be no surprise at this point, a third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Cupertino, California, instructed their students to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities before creating rankings based on their “power and privilege.” The project, of course, was met with backlash and frustration from parents.
The majority of families at the school are Asian-American, and the parent who led the protest against the intersectionality curriculum was Asian-American. The group of families confronted the principal about the issue, which ultimately caused the school to suspend the program, as Christopher Rufo reported on his website.
One parent shared with Rufo: “We were shocked. They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old.” Another echoed the sentiment: “We think some of our school board members are [critical race theory] activists and they must go.”
While teaching a math lesson to students, the third-grade teacher told the students to create an “identity map.” The map was intended to identify their race, class, gender, religion, and family structure, among other features.
Rufo wrote: “The teacher explained that the students live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speaker[s],’ who, according to the lesson, ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power.’”
The teacher reportedly used a book entitled “This Book Is Antiracist” in order to teach these lessons to students. “Those with privilege have power over others,” it states. “Folx [folks] who do not benefit from their social identities, who are in the subordinate culture, have little to no privilege and power.” One passage stated “a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman.”
The Daily Wire reported:
The students were asked to select their various identities so they could see where they ranked on a “power and privilege” hierarchy. They were additionally asked to write brief essays about what aspects of their identity groups gave them “power and privilege.” The teacher provided the third graders with an example paragraph that referenced nonbinary sexuality and transgenderism, Rufo notes.
Rufo spoke to a parent who grew up in China; the parent stated that critical race theory made them recall the Chinese Cultural Revolution, saying, “[It divides society between] the oppressor and the oppressed, and since these identities are inborn characteristics people cannot change, the only way to change it is via violent revolution. Growing up in China, I had learned it many times. The outcome is the family will be ripped apart; husband hates wife, children hate parents. I think it is already happening here.”
Rufo stated: “In 2019, Asian-Americans ran a successful initiative campaign against affirmative action in Washington State; in 2020, Asian-Americans ran a similar campaign in California, winning by an astonishing 57 percent to 43 percent margin. In both cases, they defended the principles of meritocracy, individual rights, and equality under the law—and roundly defeated a super-coalition of the states’ progressive politicians, activists, universities, media, and corporations.”