Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, denied that the teaching of American colleges and universities amounted to “liberal indoctrination,” arguing that teaching about systemic racism is “actually responsible.”
This is another unmistakable sign that the Biden-Harris administration supports the idea of schools instructing children about Critical Race Theory and “systemic racism” in the United States. On April 19, the U.S. Department of Education issued an order informing of new priorities for awarding state grants to school districts.
The rule consists of awarding grant priorities to school districts that include “anti-racist themes,” such as the New York Times Project 1619 or Critical Race Theory, in the curricula of American History and Civics courses.
White House supports looking into “systemic racism” in schools.
A reporter queried Jen Psaki about the Biden administration’s approach to the position of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who proposed a 1 % tax directed toward endowments at wealthier universities that teach Critical Race Theory, “systemic racism” and controversial journalistic works such as Project 1619 published in the Times.
“Senator Cotton says the nation’s wealthiest colleges are indoctrinating young people with what he calls un-American ideas. He’s proposing a new tax targeting the largest private endowments,” a reporter noted in the White House daily briefing. The tax would raise $2 billion per year and would be directed toward job training programs… “Does the president believe that our largest, our wealthiest schools are indoctrinating our youth with an American idea? And would you support such a tax?” the reporter asked.
The Press Secretary asked the reporter to specify which topics are considered “indoctrination” and “un-American.” The reporter mentioned Critical Race Theory and that there is also, at present, a liberal-progressive ideological influence in the country’s classrooms.
Jen Psaki made clear the federal government’s position on the inclusion and implementation of controversial anti-racist topics in the curricula.
“I don’t think we would think we believe that educating the youth, next leaders of the future, leaders of the country, on systemic racism is indoctrination. That’s actually responsible,” she asserted.
As for Cotton’s proposed tax burden, Psaki commented that “But I would say if he’s trying to raise money for something, then our view is there’s lots of ways to do that. We know that a number of corporations hugely benefited financially during the pandemic. They could pay more taxes. We think the highest one percent of Americans can pay more taxes. And if he wants to have a conversation about worker training, we’d love to have him over and have that conversation,” the press secretary continued.
“The tax would raise $2 billion per year and would be directed toward job training programs,” Fox News reported.
“The tax would apply to private colleges with more than 500 full-time students that “have endowments worth more than $2.5 billion and $500,000 per full-time enrolled student” and do not have a religious mission,” the network report added.
Critical Race Theory, anti-racism, and the idea of “systemic racism” are themes that are being sought to be implemented in schools by the country’s progressive authorities.
Professor Randi Weingarten, president of the American Teachers Union, is in favor of teaching the theory of Project 1619 to the very young; a newspaper article criticized by historians for having a little factual basis. This Pulitzer Prize-winning article posits an alternative date for the founding of America related to the arrival of the first slave ships to the United States from Africa.
Several states around the country, such as Oklahoma, are passing laws to prevent Critical Race Theory from being taught in schools, although with a rather vague and general language, which can cause legal battles between states and educational institutions. Conservatives are against studying the theory of systemic racism in schools.