Joe Rogan blasts his daughter's elementary school for pushing 'anti-racism' agenda
The podcaster, 54, claimed his 9-year-old daughter's school had emailed a statement to parents in May 2020 saying their wards 'must be anti-racist'
Joe Rogan lashed out at a California elementary school for allegedly pushing the 'anti-racism' woke ideology on his nine-year-old daughter following the George Floyd protests in 2020.
The popular podcaster, 54, claimed the school — which he didn't identify — emailed a statement to parents in May 2020 saying their wards "must be anti-racist," something he said his children were too young to even comprehend. Rogan said the anti-racist push came amid racial injustice and police brutality protests that followed Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he lay on the ground.
"When the whole George Floyd thing happened, one of the schools that my kids were going to, back in California, released this email, saying that it's not enough to not be racist, you now must be anti-racist," Rogan said on Tuesday's episode of his Spotify podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience'.
Rogan, who is also a UFC commentator and a stand-up comedian, said he could get behind schools teaching students that "racism is stupid," but maintained that educating kids to be anti-racist is wildly inappropriate. "These kids are not even remotely racist. Like, they have all sorts of different kinds of friends," he continued. "I've never heard them discuss it once. It's just 'I like this person and she's nice to me and we like to play together and we both like the same things,'" Rogan said. "So to tell a 9-year-old that you have to be anti-racist, well, then they go looking for racism, they're gonna go looking to confront it," he argued.
Joe Rogan complains that his son's school pushed "anti-racist" rhetoric after George Floyd's death:— The Recount (@therecount) April 6, 2022
"These kids are not even remotely racist ... To tell a 9-year-old that you have to be anti-racist, well then they'll go looking for racism." pic.twitter.com/nRvClFRobp
The 46-year-old Floyd, who was convicted of eight crimes between 1997 to 2005, died at the hands of Minneapolis authorities during an arrest in May 2020. His disturbing death was caught on camera and triggered widespread protests against racism and police brutality. That said, Rogan also slammed educators who thought pushing the woke curriculum was a good idea. "They weren't that good at teaching in the first place," the podcaster stated. "And now here there are saying they're going to tackle something, not just tackle something as complex as race in America, but you're going to establish rules that you can't just be not racist, you have to be anti-racist. And you're going to teach this to a nine-year-old?" he wondered, adding, "So what are you saying? Like, what exactly are you saying, what is your f*****g end goal?"
Rogan admitted that he supports academics that embrace values of equality, but claimed his daughter's school had a rather confusing agenda. "If you want to tell my nine-year-old, they have to be anti-racist. What does it mean?" he asked. "They have to go find racism and confront it?" The podcaster's remarks came during a Tuesday, April 5, interview with playwright and filmmaker David Mamet, where they discussed the status quo of liberal Hollywood.