It's not a racial issue, it's a learning issue

“My advice to my peers, people of color, and my generation, start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you. They tooled this profession, they brag about their credentials, they brag about their tenure, so if you have so much experience then find a more productive way to teach the so called “unteachable”.”

The young lady who said this was thirteen-year-old Jada Williams, who was accepting an award from the Frederick Douglass Foundation in New York.

Jada wanted to enter an essay contest in school, and wrote about her impression of Frederick Douglass’ The Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass, but it was never submitted. What Jada wrote apparently offended her teachers so much that she was harassed and forced to leave the school.

Jada and her mother Karla Williams joined Glenn on GBTV to discuss the incident. Glenn, who had a candid discussion about the essay this morning on radio, started the interview off by telling Ms. Williams and her daughter that he believes she was correct, if he understood what she was saying in her essay, but it was the use of the words “white teachers” as opposed to “teachers” that has changed the argument into one about race as opposed to making her original point.

Glenn asked Jada what she meant by the words “white teachers.” Jada explained that she was using the language from the book, which was published back in the 1800’s.

Jada, a student in the eighth grade, next explained that after turning her essay in, her English teacher told her that she was offended by the essay. “She [Jada’s teacher] said she felt like it mocked her. And asked me if I had any black teachers,” Jada explained.

Jada responded by telling her teacher that yes, she did have a black teacher.

According to the report Glenn read, Jada, mostly A and B+ student, had a dramatic decline in her grades following the incident. Jada’s mother commented that before the incident with the essay she never experienced academic problems with Jada.

“I would attend parent teacher conferences, and would hear ‘I wish I had twenty more students like Jada’,” Karla Williams explained.

After the incident, however, that changed. She began receiving phone calls that Jada was angry, but when Jada’s mother would question the claims she wouldn’t receive any substantial feedback. There was even talk of Jada being put in in-school suspension, but no one would provide any clear explanation as to why.

At that point Jada’s mother decided to remove her daughter from the school. She didn’t want those teachers to be instructing her daughter, because the clear message from Jada was that she wasn’t getting sufficient education, and the very claims her teachers were upset over.

Glenn, who you probably know is not a big proponent of our current nationalized public school system, broke this down to the roots of progressivism.

“Frederick Douglass new that if you don’t teach children... that is the way to make them a slave. And I think that’s what we’re doing, because this system does not work at all,” Glenn said.

Glenn worries that Jada is being used by both sides, those who want to make her a villain, and those who want to call the education system racist, but that’s not what this is about to Jada or her mother.

“I know this is absolutely not about racism, it’s about the education of our children, and that’s what needs to the focus,” Jada’s mother told Glenn, later adding “if that’s all it’s about [color] then how far will we ever get?”

Glenn asked Jada, “What have you taken away from this experience? What have you learned?”

A tearful Jada replied, “I feel misunderstood, because most grownups are making it a racial issue, when it’s a learning issue. I also feel hurt, because I’m not in school right now. They’re taking from me the one thing that I do love, and I feel confused because I thought I lived in a country of freedom of speech.”

The Frederick Douglass Foundation did still accept Jada’s essay and present her with the award. They also showed Jada and her mother David Barton’s The American History of Black and White.

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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