Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Parents Want a Complete Overhaul of the Education System

By Salena Zito | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

In the wake of COVID-19, people now overwhelmingly believe that the education system's broader purpose needs to be rethought. This begins with a shift away from standardized testing, college prep and a one-size-fits-all model and toward personalized curricula, practical skills and subject mastery.

A new Purpose of Education Index survey released by the Massachusetts-based national think tank Populace found a radical shift in the way most of us view education and what our children should be getting out of it.

"The findings show the K-12 educational system is wildly unresponsive to what parents and children actually want," said Todd Rose, co-founder and CEO of Populace.

Rose added that people are not looking for something "better" -- they are looking for something fundamentally different. "They want a way out of the one-size-fits-all approach driven by standardized testing models and elite institutions making us compete in a zero-sum game and instead an educational framework geared towards individualized learning, practical skills, and preparation for a meaningful life."

The study was conducted with over 1,000 participants conducted with cooperation from YouGov and data analytics firm Gradient. Respondents were given 57 priorities for K-12 education and ranked them using a conjoint analysis that forces them into trade-off scenarios and avoids the distorting effects of social influence.

The fissure between the public education system and parents began in 2020, when school districts across the country closed at the beginning of the pandemic. Parents, often working in the same room where their children were being educated over Zoom, began to gain a more complete understanding of what and how their children were being taught -- and they did not like what they saw.

Attitudes changed almost overnight as parents got a peek behind the curtain at what their children were being taught, what was emphasized and how out-of-step the system was in preparing their children for the workplace after graduation. An awakening took place as parents soon learned the power teachers unions had, not just over curriculum but also over whether schools would even open.

That disruption has been devastating. Test scores shared with the Associated Press showed that the average student lost over half a year of learning in math and a quarter of a school year in reading. But students in some public-school districts lost twice that in learning.

This has all prompted many parents to move their children out of public schools and into private or parochial schools, most of which are not controlled by teachers unions and stayed open during the pandemic. The overall rate of parents choosing to home-school grew from 5.4% to 11.1%, according to data from the Census Bureau.

For the study, respondents were given 57 priorities for K-12 education and ranked them using a conjoint analysis that forces them into trade-off scenarios and avoids the distorting effects of social influence. Pre-COVID-19, people ranked preparedness for college as one of the highest priorities for a K-12 education. In this recent survey, it was one of the lowest priorities.

The study also showed that 70% believe more things about the educational system should change than stay the same, including 21% who say nearly everything should change.

Respondents said they wanted to see students develop practical skills such as managing personal finances, preparing meals or making appointments as their top priority -- functions that students a generation ago learned in home economics classes.

"Demonstrating basic reading, writing, and arithmetic," "being prepared for a career," and "hav(ing) the skills to be competitive in the local job market" are goals of education that went out of style in the last generation, but now people are more interested in bringing them back than they are in less practical and more short-term goals.

Overall, the report evinces widespread belief that education needs to be fundamentally changed. It needs to prepare students for the workforce, adulthood and success, not necessarily put students into the pipeline for college.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Finland introduces world’s first transgender national figure skater and we’re officially DEAD (watch)

 By Twitchy.com


Yeah … we got nothin’.

It’s rare that any of us here at Twitchy are at a loss for words (clearly, we write a lot of them every single day) but this is, well, yeah.

Why don’t you give it a watch and decide for yourselves what the EFF this is?

Maybe this was just some sort of performance art?

Yeah?

No?

What.

The.

Hell?

We have NO idea.

Much stunning. Much brave.

Nah, that would mean SNL was funny again and … it’s not.

If we needed proof that men go into women’s sports because they’re NOT GREAT at the sport here it is.

Take a look:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

There Is Nothing Democrats Won’t Destroy

 By Derek Hunter  | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

If there is some good news out there, count on some leftists to come along and take a huge dump on it. It’s what they do – they are the nail in the tire of your homecoming float, the rock you twist your ankle on while taking the field for the Super Bowl, the open-mouth belch during a moment of silence. Only miserable human beings could be such a destructive force every single time there is something that could actually unite Americans, because unity is kryptonite to the progressive movement.

Honestly, if 9/11 happened today it would take about 5 minutes before some rabid Squad member took to the floor of the House of Representatives to blame an old Trump tweet or something from the Reagan administration as justification for the attack. “What did we expect when we support Israel so fervently!?!?” they’d say. How long before some conspiracy theorist on MSNBC delivered a 20-minute monologue based on a tweet from an account with 3 followers and 7 numbers in its nonsensical name claiming to have experienced some kind of micro-aggression while eating a falafel on the streets of New York and how this is what you get with Kevin McCarthy as Speaker? Maybe the next night?

Democrats can’t let people simply be people, they need us to be groups; groups that can be manipulated to do whatever best suits their needs at any given moment, and any people hurt in the process are expendable. 

After the death of George Floyd there really wasn’t anyone saying the video was really nothing. People saw that long video and were horrified that someone would just sit there for that long on top of a handcuffed man. That didn’t help Democrats, so the division soon started.

“White cops kill another black man” or “This is how police treat minorities.” How many times did you hear about “white privilege” that week? A digital counter for that would make the national debt clock look slow. (Ever hear of Tony Timpa? He died the same way George Floyd did – on camera, saying he couldn’t breathe while a cop sat on him – only 4 years earlier. Tony made the classic mistake of being white, so the CNNs and MSNBCs of the world didn’t bother reporting on it. The guy who sat on him as he died got promoted last year. Maybe Tony should’ve engaged his “white privilege” or something?)

You were either outraged to the point of taking to the street and, just coincidentally, voting for Democrats, or you were the problem. Not a part of the problem, the problem. 

If you were white you were guilty, and if you were black you were expected to be angry. If you weren’t, well, you were worse than white.

The country could have united behind many needed reforms to policing and how people taken into custody should be treated. Instead, we got “defund the police” and “all cops are bastards,” followed by months of “mostly peaceful riots” and the destruction of black neighborhoods and business while “Black Lives Matter” grifters became rich real estate tycoons. Literally the only lives made better through that summer were Democrat politicians and progressive activists who were good at fundraising from idiotic “woke” corporations.

Wealthy, wine drinking, Pilates-doing suburban white women, who wouldn’t even consider driving through the destroyed black neighborhoods in daylight before the riots, opened another bottle of Piot and celebrated their absentee ballot-casting for the very party responsible for the destruction as some sort of accomplishment for people have convinced themselves they’re the only hope for. The White Savior Complex in Spanx. 

Meanwhile, Democrat Party leadership takes a knee in the Capitol rotunda while culturally appropriating clothing they remembered from an old episode of the Cosby Show and lecture everyone who’d done nothing wrong about how they are the problem in the country. 

I’ve never run Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Philadelphia, etc., and neither has any other Republican in the lifetime of 100 percent of the current lost generation failed by the Democrat Industrial Complex. 

Democrats rail about the “school to prison pipeline” and propose to “fix” it by closing the prisons rather than looking at why the schools fail so many of their students. Apparently “Big Warden” doesn’t shovel the kind of money to Democrat candidates the way the teachers’ unions do. Then again, no one does. If the UAW did, Democrats would spend their time justifying new cars breaking down after a year, but since the biggest victims of progressive policy failures are black kids who’ll still vote 80 percent or more for Democrats in elections, these politicians literally ignore the slaughter of innocent people daily because they can’t be monetized or used to mobilize. 

The left has changed the definition of words to help their division. “Woman” has no meaning now, and men win the awards created expressly to celebrate them. It has to be weird for the old feminists, most of whom look like men now, to know they’ve plowed the road for men to dominate as women. Can’t wait till Rachel Levine demands the return of Virginia Slims advertising so he can be on them under the banner, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

But few words have been bastardized more than “community.” It used to mean your neighborhood and the people in it; from the kids you grew up with to the old guy in the corner house everyone was slightly afraid of but who was secretly always nice. Now it means people who share your skin tone or sexual proclivities. Democrats would rather you care more deeply about something horrible happening to a person you’ve never met who lives thousands of miles away from you because they have sex the same way you do (only certain kinds, not straight sex) or have the same melanin levels as you, than you care about what happens to someone living a few houses down your block who doesn’t share those things.

One has an impact on your world, the other has an impact on Democrat voter turnout. 

Divide TO conquer. 

Everything Democrats have used to drive a wedge between people based on skin color in the last, well, forever, can be found with the skin color of the participants reversed or all the same and they barely rate a mention on the local news. But if it’s something Democrats believe they can exploit (and make no mistake, “exploit” is the exact right word), the preemptive statements start to fly, from the White House on down.

When a local NAACP chapter president from Missouri chimes in with a, “We have set up a system where the police officers do what they please and are immune for their actions,” after 5 black cops were charged with second degree murder, you begin to realize that either morons are in positions of leadership or lying to people to get and keep them angry serves a purpose more important to these political hacks than any lives ever could.

The individual is disposable to Democrat politicians, elected or activist. Not theirs, of course, or the people they personally care about, but everyone else. The death of a junkie fighting police officers caused more fake outrage than all the murders of black people in Chicago over the last two decades, at least, among Democrats. Does anyone really think a single one of them gave a damn about George Floyd? If they did, and he lived his whole life where they have absolute control, why didn’t they do anything to help him while he was alive?

The truth is George Floyd was the type of guy who Joe Biden’s White House staff would’ve cleared off the streets before a presidential visit so Biden could walk, unmolested, down the street for the cameras. And that’s how Democrats view everyone, everywhere, always. 

The horrible death of Tyre Nichols is the latest example of how the left works. Ben Crump gets dispatched and signs the family with promises of justice under the guise of a big settlement, then sits in on every television interview (not off-camera, because what’s the PR value in that?). Al Sharpton shows up, MSNBC sends half their on-air staff. Biden makes a phone call, then a visit is planned – he talks about the family like he spent years vacationing with them when the reality is he can barely remember their names or why he’s there. Then the “think pieces” about how society is really to blame, or something else, and how we all need some kind of reckoning because of it. 

It may not work in this case, since all the police are black and they have been charged with very serious crimes, but the playbook is the playbook, and it must be followed because you never know what events will work best for the party. And you have to be prepared. 

The country watched the video of a man beaten and no medical aid rendered for far too long. That could unify most, if not all, of the country. But that unity wouldn’t be “behind Democrats,” so it’s not useful and must be destroyed. That’s what Democrats do, they destroy.

It hasn’t worked, so far, as of Saturday morning; cities didn’t burn. Not for lack of trying by the media flame-fanners and ratings whores, but Democrats aren’t about to give up on this chance just yet. Time will tell…

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Jason Whitlock Pens Moving Rebuttal of CNN, Others Calling Beating Death of Tyre Nichols 'Racist'

 By Mike Miller | RedState.com

Multiple Memphis Police officers appear to beat Tyre Nichols. (Credit: NBC News)

After news broke that Tyre Nichols died after a violent beating by five Memphis Police officers — and let’s be honest — people of color and white people alike wondered, many aloud, how the media and the predictable protesters would frame their responses, given that Nichols and the officers were black.

Was the brutality an act of police violence, or something more?

“Shockingly,” CNN’s Van Jones — who wasn’t the Lone Ranger — opted for “something more.” As my colleague Jim Thompson reported, CNN’s race-hustler extraordinaire declared that the alleged killing of Nichols was “racist.” Yes, really. Jones’s illogical “logic”: racism is defined only by the skin color of the victim, not by the skin color of his or her alleged attacker(s).

With that simple declaration, Jones unwitting opened a huge can of worms. Here’s a snippet of Jones’ advanced rationalization: 

At the end of the day, it is the race of the victim who is brutalized — not the race of the violent cop — that is most relevant in determining whether racial bias is a factor in police violence. It’s hard to imagine five cops of any color beating a White person to death under similar circumstances. And it is almost impossible to imagine five Black cops giving a White arrestee the kind of beat-down that Nichols allegedly received.

I’m not going to bother rebutting the nonsensical, advanced rationalization Van Jones used to play the race card on the senseless brutality unleashed against 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. But I am going to turn to longtime sports journalist, columnist, and podcaster Jason Whitlock — who is also black — for his take on the inexcusable tragedy in Memphis.

In an op-ed posted on Blaze Media, Whitlock said the tragic death of Nichols raised the possibility that the conflict between black men and law enforcement, in general, has more to do with attitude than racism.

[T]he Tyre Nichols video could spark nationwide rioting. Nichols could be George Floyd 2.0. CNN sent Don Lemon to Memphis to fan the flames. Memphis’ police chief, Cerelyn Davis, is doing her part to hype unrest. She’s conducted multiple interviews that, in my opinion, are aimed at increasing maximum anger and hostility. “You’re going to see acts that defy humanity,” she told Don Lemon.

Incidentally, it can be argued that then-President Barack Obama fanned racially-divisive flames in an effort to hype unrest multiple times, from his “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, and his irresponsible comments about racial bias in Michael Brown‘s death in Ferguson, Missouri. But, I digress.

Whitlock continued, pointing out the larger issue, as he sees it, in Memphis.

The five police officers have been fired and charged with second-degree murder. Like Nichols, the five officers are young, black men. The oldest officer is 32. The youngest is 24.

Cerelyn Davis, the police chief, is a black woman. Her predecessor, Michael Rallings, was a black man. His predecessor, Toney Armstrong, was a black man.

The city of Memphis is 65% black and is beset with a troubling pattern of black men killing each other.

Whitlock compared the Tyre Nichols case with that of Rodney King, who in 1991 was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers during an arrest, after a pursuit for driving while intoxicated. (King, who died in 2012, survived the beating.)

The case of Tyre Nichols tells a different story than the Rodney King case. King was black. The four officers tried for assaulting King were white. Corporate media framed the Rodney King case as an example of police misconduct fueled by racism.

Perhaps there’s a different common denominator in cases of police violence. Maybe the proper narrative focuses on attitude and frustration. Perhaps an attitude of resistance triggers lethal frustration among law enforcement.

Maybe people, regardless of color, who do not resist the commands and authority of law enforcement never trigger lethal frustration from police.

 Whitlock’s last point was critical. Regardless of guilt or innocence, resisting the commands of law enforcement officers, generally in charged situations, never ends well for the resister — and the police ultimately “win.” None of us will ever know what ran through Tyre Nichols’ mind — and nothing can ever excuse the brutality of those five officers — but from the moment he was jerked out of his car, he was no doubt terrified, which appeared to lead to his subsequent actions.

Whitlock poignantly referred to the death of his younger cousin, Anton Butler, in Indianapolis in 2012. Jason grew up in Indianapolis, which is where I live, and he was a classmate of my late wife’s younger sister. The point is, I remember the case — and Whitlock — very well. He wrote:

I know exactly how the Tyre Nichols family feels. As I’ve shared previously, in 2012, my cousin, Anton Butler, was tasered to death by Indianapolis sheriffs in the storming rain. The sheriffs claimed he resisted arrest and forced them to use their tasers.

I helped raise Anton. I bought him school clothes and Christmas gifts — read books with him. He, his brother, and cousins spent summers with me in Kansas City [where Whitlock was a sports radio host at the time] when they were children. I loved Anton. I paid for his funeral. I believe the sheriffs overreacted.

And then this: “I also believe Anton made a mistake resisting their commands.” Think that one through.

Whitlock then reflected on policing in general, particularly in crime-ridden cities:

Policing is a frustrating, high-stress job. It’s a mistake to increase the stress and frustration of police officers. You can trigger them to combust. As a man, I am primarily responsible for my safety — the government is not. My attitude toward law enforcement is to reduce stress. I’ve been pulled over for speeding numerous times. My attitude has created many warning tickets and no violence.

Too many young, black men have been programmed to hate and fear the police. The hate and fear spark resistance, which elevates frustration.

[…]

The frustration of law enforcement is not color-coded. Black and white officers feel the exact same frustration and lose control of themselves at the same rate. We can’t keep doing the exact same things, expecting new results. How many cities must burn to the ground before we change the discussion about law enforcement and the black community?

Again, if found guilty, the officers involved in the death of Tyre Nichols should be sentenced to the fullest extent of the law. That said, Jason Whitlock’s critical point about the left intentionally fanning racial flames, particularly within the black community, has created the mindset in much of the country that America’s law enforcement officers are predominately racist.

Do bad cops, intent on using their badges as an excuse to do bad things, exist? Of course, they do; bad people intent on doing bad things exist in every occupation and walk of life. They always have and they always will, and they should be served appropriate justice when they do so.

It’s a shame that politicians and “journalists” who fan the flames aren’t served due justice, as well.


Authorities Release Bodycam Footage of Black Memphis Police Officers Beating Tyre Nichols to Death During Traffic Stop

By Cristina Laila | Gateway Pundit


Authorities on Friday evening released bodycam footage of five Memphis police officers beating motorist Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop.

Five ex-Memphis police officers were charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping on Thursday in the death of a black motorist.

The officers, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith – were fired on Friday after the motorist, Tyre Nichols, died following a violent confrontation during a January 7 traffic stop.


Tyre Nichols

Video of the police officers beating Tyre Nichols was released Friday evening as Antifa and BLM incite riots.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO (graphic warning):

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Memphis Police Release Brutal Video Footage

By Sarah Arnold | Townhall.com



Memphis police released the videos in the  fatal traffic stop in which 29-year-old Tyre Nichols died three days after succumbing to his injuries. 

The video was split into four separate videos taken from either bodycam footage or surveillance cameras on street poles.

In the first video, police vehicles can be seen surrounding Nichols's car, with an official opening the driver's side door and pulling him out, yelling at him to "Get the f—- out the f—-ing car."

Police officers can then be heard telling the victim to get on the ground. Nichols said over and over "Alright, alright, I'm on the ground" and "You don't need to do that."

The victim can be heard pleading with the officers to stop, in which the cops tell Nichols to turn around “before I break your s—-."

Another officer says "I'll knock your a— the f—- out." Nichols responds with, "You guys are doing a lot right now."

Nichols then breaks free and attempts to run after he was heard saying “I'm just trying to go home.”

An officer deployed his Taser as Nichols was trying to run.

The second video, which is from a pole and has no sound, shows officers surrounding Nichols while he is on the ground, to which it appears the victim is unable to walk while laying on the ground. The cops then drag his body toward the police car.

The end of the footage shows a stretcher next to Nichols and an ambulance arriving.

In the third video, the footage shows officers brutally kicking and pepper spraying Nichols as he is on the ground. One officer says, "Do you want to get sprayed again?"

“Mom!” can be heard from Nichols as the police continue to pepper spray him. The officers try to get Nichols's hands behind his back, telling him, "Give me your f—-ing hands."

Another officer walks up to Nichols, pulls out his baton, and says “watch out.” 

“I'm gonna baton the f— out you," the officer said, which was captured on his bodycam footage.

Former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith are charged with second-degree murder, two counts of official misconduct, one count of official oppression, aggravated assault-act in concert, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Biden Takes Aim at Trump on Economy, but Knocks Himself Out Instead

 By Nick Arama | RedState.com

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The news about the economy on Thursday was not great.

The U.S. economy entered 2023 with less momentum as growth cooled amid rising interest rates and high inflation.

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.9% in the final three months of 2022, down slightly from a 3.2% annual rate in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

 But that didn’t stop Joe Biden from doing what he often does — lie about the economy. Good, bad, or indifferent, any news is a sign that his “economic plan” is working.

Does anyone know exactly what that plan is? I think it’s just to take credit for any positive news and blame other people for all the awful news that his policies have brought us over the past two years.

Biden has driven us into crushing inflation like we haven’t seen in decades because of his profligate spending but he keeps pretending he is pushing the most remarkable economic ideas ever.

“Analysts were saying by the end of the year there would be a recession,” Biden said. Then suddenly getting angry and loud, he yelled, “Every time we’ve gone, we’ve gotten better. They were wrong.”

Um, Joe? Every time you’ve “gone” where? We already hit the numbers that defined recession, despite you and your team pretending that we didn’t and trying to change the definition of a recession.

No, things haven’t gotten better and Joe should check that “plan” because it isn’t working.

Angry man yelling at clouds continued his rant.

“Where in the hell is it written that says America can’t lead the world in manufacturing again? Where is that written? I don’t know where it’s written. It’s not gonna be on my watch!” He then claimed he was getting “criticized internationally for focusing too much on America.”

Please tell me who those crazy people are.

But I can’t think of any sane and honest American who thinks he’s focused too much on America and it’s Americans who matter.

By the way, how much has he sent Ukraine of our money this week? His claim would be hilarious if it wasn’t so wrong.

By the way, guess when it was that we lost our number one manufacturing spot to China? It was in 2010, under Obama/Biden. So yes, Joe, it was on your watch.

Then he starts ranting about prices.

But he’s the one that has made prices higher for so many things — he’s the one crushing people. He should get angry at himself and change his harmful policies.

Then Biden tried to attack President Donald Trump over the debt which is incredibly hypocritical given Biden’s reckless spending. But he couldn’t even get that right and ended up hitting himself and he does that weird whispering thing again.

“No president added more to the debt in four years than my president,” he says. But as he says that, he’s looking out into the audience, and you see he was likely signaled that he got what he was saying wrong. Then he claimed he “misspoke.” But then corrected the “40 percent” of the debt he talked about to “25 percent” — he didn’t correct the “my president” part. I’m not even sure he understood he said it. Unfortunately, he finally said something right, that he’s put us further into a hole with how much he’s spent. He can spin and blame other people until the cows come home, but that’s the truth and it’s “not a joke.”

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Hated Speech

 By Judd Garrett


Last week at the World Economic Forum, the vice president for Values and Transparency for the European Commission, Věra Jourová predicted that hate speech laws that are now in place in Europe will soon be imposed upon the American public, in spite of the Supreme Court’s precedent of protecting such speech under the First Amendment. FBI Director Christopher Wray supported her prediction when he discussed the “significant strides” that have been made in “the level of collaboration between the private sector and the government, especially the FBI” in controlling speech on the internet.

Banning “hate speech” sounds good on the surface. The less hate in the world, the better. So, banning hateful things, should make the world a better place, right? The problem is that how do we define hate speech? Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee tried to do just that when she introduced an anti-hate bill in Congress last week, designed “to prevent and prosecute white supremacy inspired hate crime.” Interestingly, the bill only focuses on hate crime motivated by white supremacy. Apparently, she doesn’t care about stopping hate crimes committed by people of color against white people or other minorities.


The legislation outlaws “material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-white person or group.” Once again, it only prohibits hate speech directed at non-white people. So, it’s legal for her to spew vile, hate-filled racist speech as long as it vilifies white people, which she does on a regular basis.


She was also careful to include “replacement theory” into the wording of her legislation which means that pointing out how the Democrat Party is promoting mass illegal immigration to change the electorate in order to win more elections is now considered promoting white supremacy, and would be a crime. So, we are not allowed to speak out loud about what we see happening right in front of our eyes.


They never try to win an argument based on the merits because their positions have no merit. They use the accusation of racism as a weapon and a shield against their opponents. The open borders crowd claim that borders are racist, so they can label anyone who is against unfettered illegal immigration into our country as racists, and have them silenced.


That’s how this all works. They pass a law to censor “hate speech”, and then they use the flimsiest thread to label any speech that they don’t like or is inconvenient to them as “hate speech” or “racist”, so they can censor it. And they use this strategy on almost every issue. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg has labelled certain bridges and roads as “racist”. So, if you disagree with Pete Buttigieg tearing down a bridge or rerouting a highway, you could be charged with engaging in “white supremacy” and arrested.


Far-left magazine, the Atlantic, claims that the concept of meritocracy is racist. So, if you espouse the belief that people should earn what they get, and not be given handouts by the government, such as welfare and food stamps, then you could be charged with violating “hate-speech” laws and thrown in jail.


The Seattle Public School System claims that mathematics is racist, stating that "math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color." So, if your white daughter gets a 100% on her math test, then she is a racist, and has violated federal law. Therefore, all white students must fail their math tests or they could possibly be thrown in jail.


Astrophysicist at Colorado College, Natalie Gosnell, Ph.D., stated that the field of Astrophysics is "steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy… The tenets of white supremacy that show up [in physics] of individualism and exceptionalism and perfectionism." So, the human qualities which were necessary to help physicists discover and understand the Laws of Newton, the equations of Einstein, and the movement of the planets through space are now racist?


But we all know that if the students of color were performing better in math and astrophysics than the white students, the same people claiming that fields math and astrophysics are racist would be extolling the virtues of merit-based scholarship in those disciplines. No one is claiming that the individualism, exceptionalism, perfectionism and meritocracy which defines the NBA and the NFL are racist. These types of speech laws are not designed to protect anyone. They are designed to give the people in power the ability to shut down speech they don’t like so they can control outcomes in their favor.


Climate change activists have argued for years that not doing enough to stop climate change is racist. So, when Jim Hagemann Snabe, the chairman of the German manufacturing giant Siemens, told the panel at the WEF that one billion people should stop eating meat in order to save the planet from climate change, he was really saying, if you do not want to eat bugs, and you want to eat a steak, then you are engaging in white supremacy. You must eat what we are telling you to eat or you’re a racist.


Colombia’s far-left President, Gustavo Petro took it one step further when he told the WEF that in order for the world to survive climate change, humans must "overcome capitalism." So, once again, if you believe in the capitalist system, and also believe that Petro’s socialist system in Colombia is destroying that country, then you are not combatting climate change, and therefore, you are racist and should be thrown in federal prison.


The diversity, equity and inclusion crowd are the least diverse and inclusive people out there. They want no diversity of thought and will exclude anyone who has a belief that is different from theirs. This is why they are the champions of anti-speech laws. They do not want to hear a different point of view, and some of them even want people to be arrested if they have a different opinion than they do. If you claim to be a champion of diversity and inclusion then you must be willing to include a wide range of diverse beliefs and ideologies, even the ones you adamantly disagree with. That is what diversity and inclusion means. But sadly, the people who want to control our speech only want to hear what they agree with.


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Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.