The Ibram Kendi Videotape … Finally Revealed

Ibram X. Kendi

Introduction As reported in several prior posts on this site, the Fairfax County School Board paid Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom appearance in August 2020 at the kick-off session for the school year.  Fairfax County schools spent an additional $44,000 to purchase his books. Fairfax Schools Monitor wanted to see what the…

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Update on Suit Against Fairfax Schools re Kendi Videotape

Freedom of Information

As previously reported, we sued the Fairfax County public school system back in January, challenging its refusal to disclose a videotape of a presentation made by Critical Race Theory guru Ibram X. Kendi to school principals and administrators in August 2020.  See “Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools,” Jan. 13, 2022.  We had requested the video…

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The School Board Is Intentionally Violating Established Policy

Controversial Issues Policy

Introduction This is the 4th post in a series about the Controversial Issues Policy of the Fairfax County School Board. As outlined earlier, the Board undertook a program in 2020 to implement significant changes in its curricula.  The intent was to put “equity” at the center of everything. The Board recognized at the outset that…

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Excellent Video on Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory

Attached is a video that summarizes the origins, teaching, and objectives of Critical Race Theory (“CRT”).  It was prepared by a prominent CRT opponent, Christopher Rufo.  It is well worth the time required to watch it (17;45). The video confirms and reinforces several prior posts on this website, which have shown that the Fairfax County…

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Fairfax Schools Monitor Sues Fairfax Schools — Update

Freedom of Information

Last Thursday, January 13, Fairfax Schools monitor sued Fairfax County public schools and its Superintendent, Scott Braband, to obtain access to a videotape of Professor Ibram X. Kendi’s presentation to Fairfax school leaders in August 2020.  The school system had denied a request for it under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  See “Fairfax Schools…

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Is It Okay For Schools To Teach About Race?

Teaching about Race

Is it appropriate for our public schools to teach children about racial issues?  It’s an interesting question, and, in my view, there is no simplistic answer.  I’m interested in how readers of this post would answer the question.  Here’s the bottom-line of my current thinking: Proposed Principles Public schools should not — indeed, they realistically…

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What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory, Continued

Critical Race Theory

Introduction This post is a continuation of the analysis begun in the preceding post (“What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?”). That post showed that Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) is based on the unsupported opinions of individuals who view the entire, complex world through the narrow lens of racial conflict.  It also rebutted the assumption that…

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What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory

Introduction What’s wrong with Critical Race Theory (“CRT”)?  Practically everything. CRT’s key tenets are outlined in prior posts on this site.  (“What Is Critical Race Theory,” Dec. 17, 2021; “Who Is Ibram X. Kendi,” Dec. 19, 2021.)  The Fairfax County School System has adopted CRT uncritically, and has incorporated aspects of it into its curriculum. …

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Ibram X. Kendi in Fairfax County Schools

Critical Race theory in Fairfax schools

This post reveals Ibram X. Kendi’s recent association with and influence on the Fairfax County, Virginia public school system. Kendi is a well-known advocate of Critical Race Theory (“CRT”).  CRT is a world view which contends that the prevailing culture of the United States, together with often-unconscious “white supremacy,” creates “privilege” for the white majority,…

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