White teacher's suit against Evanston grade school district moves along.

District 65 files laughable response.

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Stacy Deemar’s federal suit filed in June argues she is being discriminated against because she is required to learn and teach all the woke crap about white privilege.

She claims her civil rights are violated under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit Evanston/Skokie School District 65. That law protects her from being classified solely on the basis of race.

Such racial classifications, the suit argues quite correctly “,,,are by the nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. They threaten to stigmatize individuals by reason of their membership in a racial group and to incite racial hostility.” Shaw v. Reno

The newly filed district response argues:

Her Complaint is long on politically charged rhetoric regarding the supposed divisiveness of “anti-racism,” “social justice,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “critical race theory,” but falls woefully short of establishing that she has personally suffered an injury that entitles her to relief in federal court, or that would otherwise justify this court’s intervention in curriculum decisions best left to the discretion of educators.

Not suffers “personal injury?

Only if you argue that you are required to teach the following garbage, as the suit describes:

For years now, race-based programming has overtaken District 65 in the name of racial “equity.” What seems like a relatively benign cause—also euphemistically called “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion,” “critical race theory,” and “culturally responsive teaching”—is actually code-speak for a much bigger and more dangerous picture: the practice of conditioning individuals to see each other’s skin color first and foremost, then pitting different racial groups against each other….

Beginning in 2017, District 65 made it a primary objective for every teacher to undergo “antiracist training” within two years. District 65 continues to provide antiracist programming to this day. In the so-called antiracist programming, District 65 requires its teachers:

To accept that white individuals are “loud, authoritative . . . [and] controlling.”

To understand, “To be less white is to be less racially oppressive.”

To acknowledge that “White identity is inherently racist[.]”

To denounce “white privilege.”

To participate in exercises with individuals of only the same color called“affinity groups”—that is, to racially segregate themselves.

To participate in so-called “privilege walks,” a group exercise whereby teachers standing in a line separate from each other in response to the prompt, “[b]ecause of my race or color . . . .” If teachers oppose, question, or “disengage” from those teachings, District 65 blatantly calls them “racist.”

Had enough? There’s more. These are the racist proclamations found in the Pre-K through eighth grade:

  • “Whiteness is a bad deal. It always was.”
  • “Racism is a white person’s problem and we are all caught up in it.”
  • Students should consider what it means “to be white but not be a part of ‘whiteness[.]’”
  • “White people have a very, very serious problem and they should start thinking about what they should do about it.”
  • “In the same way that the systems and the government are controlled by White people and racism being a result of it, so is it with men controlling systems and government and messages about women being dumb, weak, and inferior being aresult.”
  • “It [is] important to disrupt the Western nuclear family dynamics as the best/proper way to have a family[.]”
  • “Racial injustice” means “an act/occurrence motivated by anti-blackness or racism.”
  • “White people play a big role in the problems of racism today and throughout world history.”
  • To “treat everybody equally” is a colorblind message, and “color blindness helps racism.”
  • “[B]urying the truth . . . is something many White people do to ignore racism.”

Wait, there’s more:

Students should gather in affinity groups segregated by skin color. Students should participate in privilege walks. Students should gather in affinity groups segregated by skin color .White students should understand “white privilege, internalized dominance, [and] microaggressions.

Had enough? The damage that Deemar suffers, among others, is being labeled a “racist,” by standing her ground and to protect her students from such nonsense. If certain words are out-of-bounds and forbidden when speaking about black people, shouldn’t the same standard apply in Deemar’s case?

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  • Bill Maher has a bit on do we need two national anthems, one for blacks and one for whites? He then derides separate graduations for blacks and whites. Here, they talk about affinity groups segregated by skin color, and color blindness helps racism. This all sounds like a return to the segregation that the civil rights movement tried to eliminate. The opposite of Dr. Martin Luther King. Are we going back to separate white and black restrooms and separate white and black drinking fountains?

  • Your list of horribles is drawn from the plaintiff's complaint in the federal district court. So far as I can learn, the school district has not acknowledged them. Allegations in a complaint are not proof. They are not even evidence. Hyperbole in complaints is almost standard practice. Let's wait for the evidence.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Can you please cite your source? Link?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Siegel v. Shell Oil Co., 612 F.3d 932 (7th Cir., 2010)

  • In reply to jnorto:

    How about a link, Jimmy Olsen?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    So now you need a tutorial on the use of the internet! Highlight what I sent you; right click; select the line, "Search the web for...."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Sorry, Jimmy, but that advice does not fly. Cite your sources with a link if you expect to have your ravings taken seriously.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Jimmy Olsen? In my estimation, jnorto is more like John Marshall.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Jimmy Norto is obsessed with me citing sources for my opinions. He does so in anonymity, unlike you. As for being confused with John Marshall, I think perhaps he might be mistaken for Vinni Gambini, the lawyer in the 1992 movie, "My Cousin Vinni'

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    > Jimmy Norto is obsessed with me citing sources for my opinions.

    No one asks you for sources for your opinions. Your opinions are produced from thin air and all know that they have no basis in reality.

    You are asked to provide sources for your factual claims. The fact that you openly refuse to provide them gives the rest of us all that we need to know to decide if your factual claims are based in fact.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Quite so. The facts are presented at trial. Which is why I hope this does go to trial so we can see what the actual curriculum says. And not gets settle out of court.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    But Dennis you presented the statements as if they were from the actual curriculum. In other words, you, intentionally or not, misled the reader.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Intentional or not?

    Seriously? You think Dennis so incompetent that he misled them accidentally?

  • Anything you read about Skokie/Evanston schools is nothing compared to what they really are...we had kids in the system from 1982 to 2000...every day was a confrontation with the administration...I was a classroom Mom and served in the PTA just to have access and be able to watch and record exactly what was happening...the powers that be made decisions that affected students and they didn't care...we got out just in time....this is just the latest iteration of the "Close the Gap" that started in the 60s with busing...they have been lucky that the "white" students still do well enough to get into excellent colleges but that will change as this poison forces them out of the system

  • EVANSTON, IL —" Attorneys for Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a longtime drama teacher who says she suffered discrimination and "racial harassment" because she is white.

    The filing cited comments from the teacher's own attorney, who, in a television interview, appeared to admit that her client had not suffered discrimination.

    Stacy Deemar, a part-time drama teacher in the district since 2002, filed a complaint against the District 65 school board, its superintendent and two other administrators in June. She asked a judge to declare that the district violated her rights under the 14th Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as well as for attorneys' fees and $1 in damages.

    In her complaint, the drama teacher failed to allege that she was harmed in any way by the district's race-conscious curriculum, failed to state an actionable civil rights claim and failed to allege that she suffered any adverse action or a hostile work environment, according to a memorandum in support of District 65's motion."

    The Patch

  • If Ms. Deemar loses her suit who will paid "attorney fees"?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I think you already know--the taxpayers of the school district.

  • So, a school teacher wants to teach her own curriculum and decides that actually agreeing to do what her employer considers to be the paid work of her position makes her an aggrieved party? Are you kidding?

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