• BLM At School Week Of Action To "Celebrate And Center Collective Value" To Take Place From February 5th-9th

    January 25, 2024

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    Will your child's school be honoring BLM At School's upcoming Week of Action from February 5th - 9th, a week where they will be "celebrating and centering collective value"?

    Are you familiar with the The Black Lives Matter at School guiding principles?

    Or the "collective values" they want to celebrate with this week of activism?

    For starters, you should know that the BLM At School "collective" is "grounded in a Black Feminist framework."

    Various political views brought these activists together to form a collective, including deep revolutionary transformational politics, opposition to neoliberalism, corporate reforms in education, defending and transforming unions, Black queer feminist anti-capitalist politics, abolitionist politics, and embracing restorative and transformative justice (which comes in conjunction with defunding the police).

    BLM At School alleges that the "system uses harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of schools at disproportionate rates, denies students the right to learn about their own cultures, and whitewashes the curriculum to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color."

    The collective accordingly has four demands it makes in the name of equity and justice:

    1. End Zero Tolerance and Implement Restorative Justice: "The over-policing, out-of-control suspensions and expulsions must be brought to an end immediately."
    2. Hire & Retain Black Teachers: "Racist policies in schools and biased skills exams eliminate Black and Brown teaching candidates. The elimination of Black teachers is an aggressive push towards homogenizing education in America, creating the School to Prison Pipeline, and continuing the pervasive system of racism on which this country was built."
    3. Mandate Black History and Ethnic Studies: Black History and Ethnic Studies must be included in all K-12 classrooms so students feel empowered in the classroom by seeing themselves positively displayed in the curriculum. 
    4. Counselors Not Cops: "Just having a police presence in schools causes stress and harm regardless of whether a student interacts with them."

    On top of the demands, the BLM At School collective also abides by a set of 13 guiding principles.

    You may find some of the principles surprising, like globalism, which is about the "common struggle" toward liberation from oppressors not just in the U.S., but from around the world. This is how BLM activists find themselves aligned "in grief and solidarity" with Palestinians whom they believe are being oppressed by the Israelis.

    "Globalism" resources from the BLM At School Curriculum Team

    Or "trans affirming" which is about "dismantling cisgender privilege" and "working outside of the binary" in order to achieve "full liberation" from oppressors who target Black trans women, for instance. Or "queer affirming" which is about freeing Black people from the "tight grip of cis-heteropatriarchal assumptions." The collective even offers a tool kit for gender identity activism in schools that includes forcing "preferred pronouns" onto everyone.

    The principles even call for disrupting the "narrow Western prescribed nuclear family structure."

    The BLM At School program encourages students to live a "year of purpose" in support of the principles.

    The year starts off by writing up your very own plan to be an "anti-racist" which is based on a theory that advocates for discriminating against white people in order to achieve equity.  In Ibram X. Kendi's book, How to Be An Antiracist, he actually argues in favor of future discrimination if it creates "equity" in the name of anti-racism.

    “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination. 

    Ibram X. Kendi

    After making an anti-racist pledge, BLM At School recommends that students cover themselves in a bunch of BLM swag to "create the environment" and then start doing things like commemorating George Floyd's birthday, the same George Floyd who died from a drug overdose, not police brutality. And celebrating the controversial author of The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, whose book has been restricted in 10 different states over the use of profanity; derogatory racist terms; detailed descriptions of sexual activities, sexual assault, and molestation; alcohol use and inflammatory racial and religious commentary.

    This is what BLM At School wants students to celebrate and center for the week of collective value.

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