The debate over the teaching of critical race theory got heated and a bit frightening during a November 9 school board meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.
Opponents of this teaching reported feeling threatened when a man stated that he had over “1,000 soldiers ready to go” to defend the teaching of CRT to school children in Texas.
The Fort Worth Independent School District held a school board meeting on Tuesday, November 9 in part to allow parents to present their views on the teaching of Critical Race Theory.
Two parents spoke and voiced their concerns that Critical Race Theory was not something that they wished for Fort Worth Schools to teach to their children. Then, Mr. Malikk Austin rose and began defending the teaching of CRT. Eventually, he began to turn his comments away from addressing the school board and toward the other parents in the room.
Austin said, “For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children. How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this.”
He went on to add, “We are not our ancestors. I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go.”
When parents urged Austin to address the school board members and not the other attendees in the room, he claimed that his First Amendment rights permitted him to say these things at the meeting.
At this point, Austin had exceeded his allotted time. Additionally, because of the intensity of what he was saying, security officers began to escort him from the room. As he was escorted from the room, Austin said, “I’ll bring my soldiers with me next time … LOCKED AND LOADED!”
A parent who had previously engaged with Austin asked if he was speaking to her with that threat. In response, Austin simply repeated, “LOCKED AND LOADED!”
Photos from Austin’s social media pages show him decked out in tactical gear. He has had several criminal convictions including assault of a family member, public lewdness and sexual assault.
Parents who opposed the teaching of CRT at the meeting felt that Austin was making direct threats to them.
“Everyone there felt threatened,” said Carol Guarneri, a grandmother of four who attended the meeting. “‘This gentleman was profoundly angry, he was not putting on a performance.”
One parent, Hollie Plemmons, told Fox News interviewers that she had offered to take Austin aside for a one-on-one private conversation about their differences. His response was, “But you’re not intelligent, you are not intelligent.”
Plemmons stated later about the threats, “I’m scared, and I’m afraid he’s going to do something.”
The teaching of critical race theory in public schools has been vigorously debated over the last 18 months as racial unrest has become a hot button issue in the United States.
Critical race theory is the study of how race and racial prejudice has affected the structures and developments of the culture in the United States. However, some people take the teaching even further, claiming that all the structures of the United States are inherently racist. Therefore, all of American history and all social structures are racist.
Many who embrace critical race theory encourage people to think of race when engaging others in social interactions. Others use critical race theory to justify racial segregation.
Those who object to the teaching of this extreme version of CRT worry that white children will be targeted as irredeemably racist and be manipulated into feeling guilty for misdeeds of their ancestors. They also worry that children will be taught to hate the United States.
Other school boards across the United States are having similar problems.
Protestors are lining up outside school board meetings all across the nation. Meetings in places like Virginia, Minnesota and New Hampshire have been filled with angry parents. Sometimes arrests are made when tensions bubble over and people begin behaving improperly.
Because of CRT conflicts, running for school board is becoming an intense decision, as community members across the board are competing to get involved in the running of schools.
But is it really surprising?
EVERYTHING is getting more intense in today’s day and age.