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A father in Colorado Springs who is the descendant of slaves slammed critical race theory during a public school district’s board meeting, saying racism in America would “by and large be dead” if not for institutions such as the education system “keeping it on life support.”
“I am a direct descendant of the North American slave trade. Both my parents are black. All four of my grandparents are black, all eight of my great great grandparents, and all 16 of my great greats. On my mother’s side, my ancestors were enslaved in Alabama. On my father’s side, we were enslaved in Texas,” father Derrick Wilburn said during a board meeting last week.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I am not oppressed. I’m not oppressed and I’m not a victim.”
Wilburn said that “racism in America would by and large be dead today if it were not for certain people and institutions keeping it on life support.”
He continued, “Sadly, one of those institutions is the American education system.”
Wilburn added that he “can think of nothing more damaging to a society than to tell a baby born today, that she has grievances against another baby born today, simply because of what their ancestors may have done two centuries ago.”
“There’s simply no point in doing that to our children, and putting critical race theory into our classrooms in part does that. Putting critical theory into our classrooms is not combating racism. It’s fanning the flames of what little embers are left. I encourage you to support this resolution. Let racism die the death it deserves,” Wilburn said.
Wilburn referred to his three children in his speech to the board saying they, “are not oppressed, either, though they are victims. I taught my children they were victims of three things: Their own ignorance, their own laziness and their own poor decision making. That is all.”
Christopher Rufo tweeted the video Thursday and said, “This Colorado Springs father denounces critical race theory and says that ‘racism in America would be dead today if not for certain people and institutions keeping it on life support’—including public education. Following his testimony, the school board voted 3-2 to ban CRT.”
This Colorado Springs father denounces critical race theory and says that “racism in America would be dead today if not for certain people and institutions keeping it on life support”—including public education.
Following his testimony, the school board voted 3-2 to ban CRT. pic.twitter.com/sK1TLS69MQ
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) August 19, 2021
I stand with Derrick Wilburn! 🛑 Promoting racism. Demand an end to CRT.
Black father tells board CRT keeps racism on ‘life support’, moments later they vote to ban ithttps://t.co/ohv7UL7qvh
— Alan Pariser (@AlanDPariser) August 20, 2021
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