Parents’ rights group blasts BLM’s ‘School Week of Action’ for pushing ‘queer-affirming’ principles

With the advent of Black History Month, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is kicking off its “Week of Action” in school districts across the nation, sparking fury from one parents’ rights group.

“Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, an event started by teachers in Seattle in 2016, is a week-long focus on the 13 Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to a report released on Monday by Parents Defending Education (PDE), a grassroots organization dedicated to reclaiming “our schools from activists promoting harmful agendas.”

“Such principles include ‘fostering a queer-affirming network’ by freeing an individual from the ‘tight grip of heteronormative thinking,’” the report continues. “The principles require commitment to ‘doing the work required to dismantle cis-gendered privilege and uplift Black trans folk,’ and to ‘disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.’”

“As part of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action National Demands, the organization calls for the mandating of Black history and ethnic studies,” PDE reports. “Ethnic studies is the focused study on how white supremacy and systemic racism is ever-present throughout society, celebrating past and present resistance movements, and how students themselves can become activists.”

According to its website, Black Lives Matter at School is “guided by core principles shared by the Combahee River Collective a Black Feminist framework.”

The group lists “Political views that have brought us together in doing this work” including, “deep revolutionary transformational politics, opposition to neoliberalism, corporate reforms in education, defend and transform unions, Black queer feminist anti-capitalist politics, abolitionist politics and approach to restorative and transformative justice.”

The theme of this year’s Week of Action “is Collective Value,” they say, adding, “The Black Lives Matter at School guiding principle of Collective Values states, ‘We are guided by the fact that all Black lives, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, economic status, ability, disability, education, location, age, immigration status, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, matter. None of us are free until we are all free.'”

That includes, it appears, Palestinian terrorists.

“On October 17, 2023, Black Lives Matter at School published a statement regarding Israel and Gaza that states: ‘BLM@School wants to be clear in our recognition that this unfolding loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives is the direct result of decades of Israeli settler colonialism, land dispossession, occupation, blockade, apartheid, and attempted genocide of millions of Palestinians. Palestinians are reminding us that decolonization is not a metaphor or abstraction, but requires real, daily struggle,'” PDE reports.

“The organization states that ‘education should be wielded in service to struggle’ and that teaching should ‘include Palestinian existence, resistance, culture, global contributions, and the ongoing struggle to realize a free Palestine,'” it continues. “Following October 7, 2023, Black Lives Matter Chicago posted an image of a paraglider with a Palestinian flag and the text ‘That is all that is it!’ and ‘I stand with Palestine.'”

The report points to a post on X by the Seattle Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators promoting a “BLM and Palestine Solidarity Teach-in” that states, “Black liberation and Palestinian liberation is intertwined.”

Under “last minute ideas” for the Week of Action, Black Lives Matter at School suggests, among other gems:

  • Post your apology language and help students identify theirs.
  • Create a shared vision board of liberation.
  • Share data about the demographics in your community.
  • Create a school or district map for countries of origin.
  • Start a petition about lunch debt​.
  • Add pronouns to your email signature.
  • Volunteer to support inclusive sports and clubs.
  • Send a petition to your school board.
  • Note the schools that have daycares on campus and start a petition if there aren’t any.
  • Support reentry programs in your community.

 

Lessons and curriculum provided by the Chicago Teachers Union include “teaching preschool and kindergarteners the Black Panther Party (BPP) through activities such as The Black Panther Party Children’s Song, read alouds, and learning to count to ten by using the BPP’s 10 Point program,” the PDE report reveals.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, PDE President Nicole Neily said, “It’s truly astonishing that districts around the country are still choosing to hold BLM Week of Action.”

“For years, parents have been concerned about a week of activism that prioritizes ‘queer affirming’ and ‘disrupting the western nuclear family’ over remediating learning loss – but BLM’s unabashed support for Hamas should have been the nail in the coffin of this abysmal curriculum,” Neily said. “The best way to set all students on a path to success is to teach them reading, writing, and math skills – not to encourage division and victimhood.”

Melissa Fine

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