North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Robinson issues report some teachers abuse their position to indoctrinate children
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) released a report on Tuesday saying some teachers are “abusing” their positions to indoctrinate children, as Republican lawmakers seek to pass a bill of law dealing with the critical theory of race in schools.
The the report comes months after Robinson formed a working group and asked people to submit examples of indoctrination occurring in schools.
“What it is is an attempt to stop the abuse of the teaching profession by the few who use this profession to put undue pressure on young minds,” Robinson said. “These are the people who abuse this privilege, and this is what it is about, ending it.”
A discussion of the report and the pending bill led to a heated exchange between Robinson and Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake) as the senator questioned whether the submissions to the task force had been vetted during a Senate committee meeting Tuesday morning.
“We are spending time debating an issue related to Fox News that is more about fear and has turned into a fishing expedition,” Chaudhuri told Robinson.
Robinson pushed back, saying, “Parents, teachers and students in North Carolina have demanded it. And to sit here and call it a Fox News issue, as I’ve stood next to teachers who have been crying because they feel like their jobs, their livelihoods and their professions are threatened, you call it an insult. An absolute insult. And, you know where my office is. And, you know this task force is underway. When did you contact me? Please don’t turn this into a partisan issue.
Robinson then left the room as the committee continued debate on the bill and heard comments from the public.
The Associated Press summed up critical race theory as follows:
“Critical Race Theory is one way of looking at American history through the prism of racism. Researchers developed it during the 1970s and 1980s in response to what they saw as a lack of racial progress following the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.
“It focuses on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of whites in society.”
Senate Republicans are seeking to pass a bill that would not ban the teaching or discussion of critical race theory, but instead ban schools from “promoting” 13 concepts.
The bill defines promotion as “forcing students, teachers, administrators or other school employees to affirm or profess their belief in the concepts described.”
Among these concepts: one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex; an individual, purely on the basis of race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive; and the government of the United States should be violently overthrown.
Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger said the bill was intended “to ensure that information is made available to students but not to promote specific concepts.”
The working group received over 500 submissions from people. Some of them complained that children had to read articles in the New York Times or on CNN, calling them biased sources. Others asked how sexuality was taught in schools.
Robinson specifically drew attention to a book, George, about a transgender child that Robinson says also mentions the cutting of male genitals. Another person said her child was “ashamed” of being white and a Christian.
Many of the submissions were also from people criticizing Robinson for even forming the task force in the first place, accusing him of being “deceptive” and of using his social media platforms to promote “bogus and manipulative” stories.
Robinson said that “one of the most egregious examples” he had heard was of a student who wanted to write a report on him as a historical figure during Black History Month had been done. say he couldn’t. Robinson is the first black lieutenant governor in the history of the state. Instead, he said the student was invited to write about Tupac Shakur.
Chaudhuri said the bill was part of a national conservative effort and said the issues raised in the report can be addressed at the local level.
He said it was “real fear-provoking trafficking.” It is not based on facts. There are many avenues that parents can take if they feel their children are brainwashed. “
The House passed a different version of the bill earlier this year strictly based on parties.
If a bill reaches Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, Chaudhuri has said he’s confident Cooper will veto it.
Robinson said it was not clear what action his task force would take next. The report does not recommend “any specific action or action”.
“We do not claim to have solutions to this problem in this report,” he said.