The far-left activist group, Alaska Black Caucus (ABC), which has been heavily funded by the Anchorage Assembly and the Rasmuson Foundation, has big plans to pressure Anchorage schools into teaching key elements of critical race theory in 2022.
A Jan. 13 notice from the group’s President and CEO Celeste Hodge-Growden lays out some of the organization’s main goals for the coming year. Education and the teaching of so-called “anti-racist” curriculum will be central.
According to the group’s website, it will align closely with the goals of public teacher unions in 2022 by calling for larger contracts, increased retirement incentives and a “continued mask mandate in ASD schools.”
Last month, Alaska Black Caucus members participated in the Alaska Writing Project to “learn more about the implementation of anti-racist rhetoric,” the website notes.
The Alaska Black Caucus website further states that the group will focus on youth, including the “implementation of the Anti-Racism and Instructional Equity Policies” that have “yet to be elucidated” by the Anchorage School District.
“[T]here must be pressure placed on the administration to establish an equitable learning environment,” the ABC states. In order to bring about these goals the Alaska Black Caucus plans to train parents and students to become effective writers, communicators and activists for leftist social and political causes.
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It will also attempt to establish what it calls “Brave Spaces” to empower youth to “freely discuss and learn about certain topics.” So-called “safe spaces” is a term commonly used by the left to refer to classrooms and other areas where conservative opinions are excluded, while leftist notions about race, gender identity and sexual orientation are encouraged.
President Hodge-Growden has said the group wants to “dismantle the racist structures that have held many blacks back in the area of justice, education, health and economics.” The group claims that “systemic racism” has tainted America’s institutions.