A father in Colorado Springs who is the descendant of slaves slammed critical race theory during a public school district’s board meeting, saying racism in America would “by and large be dead” if not for institutions such as the education system “keeping it on life support.”
“I am a direct descendant of the North American slave trade. Both my parents are black. All four of my grandparents are black, all eight of my great great grandparents, and all 16 of my great greats. On my mother’s side, my ancestors were enslaved in Alabama. On my father’s side, we were enslaved in Texas,” father Derrick Wilburn said during a board meeting last week.
“I am not oppressed. I’m not oppressed and I’m not a victim.”
Wilburn went on to say that “racism in America would by and large be dead today if it were not for certain people and institutions keeping it on life support.”
“Sadly, one of those institutions is the American education system.”
The father of three went on to say that he “can think of nothing more damaging to a society than to tell a baby born today, that she has grievances against another baby born today, simply because of what their ancestors may have done two centuries ago.”
“There’s simply no point in doing that to our children, and putting critical race theory into our classrooms in part does that. Putting critical theory into our classrooms is not combating racism. It’s fanning the flames of what little embers are left. I encourage you to support this resolution. Let racism die the death it deserves.”
The Colorado Springs School District 49 school board voted 3-2 banning critical race theory from its classrooms last Thursday following parents’ testimonies.
Wilburn went on to say in the video that his three children “are not oppressed, either, though they are victims.”
“I taught my children they were victims of three things: Their own ignorance, their own laziness and their own poor decision making. That is all,” he said.
The video, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media, comes after dozens of other parents have voiced outrage during board meetings due to critical race theory being implemented in classrooms.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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