Carlos Turcios: Whistleblower busts Fort Worth schools' LIE about offering CRT course

The school district reportedly offered several courses for teachers including how to recognize bias and have discussions about it in the classroom


                            Carlos Turcios: Whistleblower busts Fort Worth schools' LIE about offering CRT course
Fort Worth School District ex-committee member Carlos Turcios (L) said its schools were pushing CRT (Twitter/@carlos__turcios)

The Fort Worth public school district sparked a major backlash after it gave teachers a course on critical race theory that claimed "there's a little White man inside all of us" after denying that the controversial curriculum is being taught in its schools.

In May, the Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas denied that CRT was taught in its schools. However, Carlos Turcios, an ex-committee member turned whistleblower who recently resigned from the committee over CRT, revealed how teachers were offered classes about incorporating the theory in their classrooms. According to Turcios, the school district offered several courses for teachers including how to recognize bias and have discussions about it in the classroom. While it's unclear when the classes were exactly offered, it is believed to be in 2020, Fox News reported.

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"The superintendent and the bureaucracy are doing a disservice to the students by teaching them that color is everything, that America is oppressive, and that White supremacy is everywhere," Turcios told Fox News in an interview on Monday, November 22. "Last time I checked, critical race theory doesn’t help kids learn how to pay the bills, pay their taxes, or pass that job interview."

The whistleblower cited several examples of what he described as the implementation of CRT by the Fort Worth Independent School District. Turcios noted there was a direct mention of CRT in the "Overview of Services" provided by Fort Worth ISD's Division of Equity and Excellence in September 2020. The document reportedly describes a virtual course offering titled "Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Fort Worth ISD: An Introduction."



 

According to Fox News, the course offers "a working understanding of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its central tenets" including "the permanence of racism, whiteness as property," and "critique of liberalism." It also offers "an understanding of the endemic nature of racism and white supremacy to US society at its founding and into the present" and "the ability to read, understand, and apply CRT as an analysis tool in their current roles." The course description reads, "As a culminating activity, participants will develop their own Racial Equity Strategic Plan to move more deeply into critical self-reflection and work towards implementing their plan into the participants' current roles."

Meanwhile, Turcios shared a video he filmed at the 2019 Fort Worth ISD Racial Equity Summit, in which an instructor is heard telling staff members who attended the event that each will find a ribbon matching his or her stated racial identity. "You're going to go into sessions with everyone who identifies with your race." This is in accordance with the event's schedule, which breaks discussions down into "racial affinity groups."



 

Turcios also shared a Zoom video recording of the 2020 Racial Equity Summit in which an instructor is heard discussing "internalized racism," due to which "we internally believe that White is supreme, and it requires a constant process of ridding ourselves of this colonized mentality." She then goes on to quote novelist and activist James Baldwin, who said there's "a little White man deep inside of all of us."



 

Another video from the 2020 event reportedly shows Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr Kent Paredes Scribner celebrating the district's "accomplishments" since the Covid-19 pandemic began. He talks about the "racial and equity policy," which "outlines institutional racism through our system, so we are recognizing that it exists here in Fort Worth ISD." He says he is "looking forward to our conversations" about a number of topics, including "an introduction to critical race theory."



 

Speaking to Fox 4 in May, a Fort Worth ISD spokesperson said there were no plans to include CRT In its school curriculum, insisting that there's no course offered to students on CRT. "All of this has allowed a toxic environment to be built, where parents have been threatened with a thousand soldiers ‘locked and loaded,’ where parents have been doxxed, an environment of bullying, an environment of elitism, and an environment of failure," Turcios told Fox News. "The superintendent should resign, and several directors should resign as well."

Miriam Cole, a former school nurse in Fort Worth ISD, told the outlet that Scribner "is just 100% on board with CRT." Cole, who has two grandchildren in the school system, said she has been organizing efforts with fellow parents to replace Scribner and other members of the school board. She highlighted how Scribner was focused on transgender bathroom policies when he started as superintendent in 2015, despite Fort Worth's low reading levels. Another parent who is currently employed with Fort Worth ISD told Fox News on condition of anonymity that the Department of Equity and Excellence is "definitely pushing critical race theory." However, the employee added, "I can't say for certain how much it filters down into the classroom."

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