OMAHA, Neb. – Black Lives Matter is stirring controversy in corn country, where teachers are feeling pressured to incorporate the movement’s principles into classroom lessons.
Omaha Public Schools is “in full lock-down mode” after local radio host Chris Baker exposed a recent training for teachers featuring “media consultant” Morgann Freeman, who promotes Black Lives Matter and the white privilege perspective on society, according to a recent blog on TheBlaze penned by HomeMakers for America President Kimberly Fletcher.
Baker’s report was based on a source at the meeting that contends Freeman came in to show teachers how to incorporate BLM materials and principles into classroom lessons, and was invited in by Supervisor for Secondary Social Studies Barry Thomas.
During the meeting Ms. Freeman expressed her views on the Black Lives Matter agenda stating, “Meritocracy” is a myth. The idea that people can ‘pull themselves by their bootstraps’ is a lie. It only works for those with privileges.”
Attendees of the curriculum meeting told Baker Ms. Freeman portrayed black Americans as victims of white oppression claiming that blacks are systematically targeted for destruction. She also claimed America was never great and was founded by flawed racists who set up a system that would perpetuate their power.
After reading the Nebraska State Standards for Social Studies it is perplexing to see how any of this supports, let alone promotes, the standards. The stated purpose of which is to “teach our children to become young patriots who have an intellectual understanding of the genius of our country’s founding principles and who feel an emotional connection to our nation.”
The information presented and views espoused by Ms. Freeman promote the exact opposite.
“The goal of this session is to educate teachers/faculty in attendance on issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, social justice movements that have gained momentum from it, and to develop strategies on how to incorporate it into current lesson plans,” the description read.
Insiders who spoke with Baker alleged they have felt pressured to incorporate the BLM perspective by speakers who claim they’re “going to change your beliefs,” Fletcher wrote.
“These teachers are terrified,” Baker said. “They’re terrified they will lose their jobs if they don’t comply.”
Fletcher drew a direct line from the BLM propaganda and perspective to the ongoing race riots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“The most recent riots in Milwaukee are just another example of the end result of this kind of ‘teaching,’” she wrote. “If you are told you entire life you will never amount to anything because you’re black and that white people oppress you, then you’re going to start to believe white people are the cause of all your problems.”
Ironically, Milwaukee Public Schools faced a public backlash earlier this year when the official notice of the proposed 2017 budget included nearly $500,000 in funding for “Black Lives Matter,” EAGnews reports.
The questionable expenditure was highlighted by News Talk 1130 in May.
“The proposal does not specify why exactly MPS needs to spend $471,073 on Black Lives Matter, but it is interesting that the district plans to spend nearly as much on this organization as it plans to spend on College Access Centers, Universal Driver Education, and Advanced Studies and World Languages,” the news site pointed out.
Omaha school officials, of course, don’t want to discuss the Black Lives Matter teacher training, and instead issued a lame statement to minimize concerns about the session influencing the curriculum.
Baker posted the statement sent out last week to the KFAB News Radio website.
“During our annual curriculum day for high school teachers, a contemporary historical overview of the Black Lives Matter movement was presented to approximately 40 of our high school social studies teachers. The session was optional,” the statement read.
“The intent was to adequately prepare teachers with a well-rounded understanding of the movement and its origin to help them answer any potential students’ questions as this topic is being covered locally, regionally and nationwide. Our goal as an educational institution is to provide well-rounded enrichment and professional development training for our teachers and give them the tools they need to be successful in the classroom.”
The KFAB site also cited a response posted on the Morgann Freeman Consulting page that seemingly contradicts the districts statement. Freeman wrote that she was called in to assist teachers in “incorporating #BlackLivesMatter and other social justice movements into their curriculum to address trends their students are exposed to on a day-to-day basis.”