On Thursday, teachers and staff from the Rochester City School District in upstate New York were informed via email that February 17 will be “Black Lives Matter at School: A Day of Understanding & Affirmation.” The email encourages educators to buy a “Black Lives Matter at School” t-shirt “so students will know where you stand” and are provided online literature from radical left-wing websites, such as Vox.com, explaining why saying “all lives matter” is wrong.
“We are pleased to announce that our District will observe Friday, February 17, as Black Lives Matter at School: A Day of Understanding & Affirmation. The Rochester Board of Education, Rochester Teachers Association and Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester recently passed resolutions to proclaim this day,” says the email, issued from the Rochester superintendent’s office.
The email explains that Rochester City School District students, which encompasses pre-k to grade 12 youngsters, will learn the following from the highly political district-wide mandated Black Lives Matter-themed day:
- Understands inequities based on race
- Affirms that the lives of people of color matter
- Believes that we all have a responsibility to work for equity
Teachers are given the option to create lesson plans that “include the Black Lives Matter movement,” a highly divisive movement that, thus far, has been associated with riots, has featured supporters calling for dead police officers and lynching white people, and has spawned at least one confessed sympathizer who murdered innocent police officers in the name of “justice.”
In perhaps the most radical part of the email, the district explains how to confront a parent or teacher who asks if “all lives matter”:
Don’t all lives matter? (And how should I respond if parents or colleagues ask this?)
Of course all lives matter. However, 57% of our students are black, and by almost every measure, people of color are not treated equally by our society. It is especially important to highlight the value of black lives in a society whose history involves centuries of slavery and denial of civil rights to black citizens, the impacts of which continue to this day.
And it gets better, staffers are provided links to “helpful articles” explaining to them in detail why saying “all lives matter” is incorrect, and yes, HuffPo and Vox.com are included:
The Huffington Post: The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’: Dear Fellow White People
The New York Times: Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Such a Perilous Phrase
Teachers are also encouraged to wear Black Lives Matter-themed stickers and buttons, or to buy a “Black Lives Matter at School Day” t-shirt to signal to their students “where they stand.”
“If you want to make a visible affirmation, we encourage you to wear a T-shirt (purchase here, though orders after 2/4/16 may not be produced in time) or create your own button or sticker, so your students will know where you stand,” the announcement reads.
Or, perhaps, so administrators “will know where you stand.”
Clearly, Black Lives Matter at School Day is a complete overstep by the public education system, which is of course funded by tax-payers. The connections to the radical, divisive and highly political movement are undeniable and teachers, parents and students will now be put in an awkward position if they do not follow leftist dogma. Teachers in particular are put in a difficult position, feeling pressure from administration who have imposed this political indoctrination.
The email clarifies that “Black Lives Matter at School is not an official part of the Black Lives Matter movement” and claims that teacher participation is “voluntary.”