Stop Teaching Racial Hatred
For Immediate Release
Date: August 25, 2021
Email: [email protected]
Opposing the teaching of racial hatred in our public schools
Testimony of Amy Waychoff
Member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee
To the Montgomery County Board of Education August 24, 2021
Thank you for this opportunity to testify. I have lived in Montgomery County for 33 years, and all three of my children graduated from MCPS.
In a recent viral video, a man in Colorado, who happens to be descended from slaves, convinced his school board to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) with these words: “I 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 did two centuries ago.” Derrick Wilburn was referring to one aspect of CRT that is being taught right here in Montgomery County.
CRT posits that White people are inherently racist, from birth, while Black people and other minorities are victims, oppressed by the white supremacy that supposedly permeates everything.
MCPS will deny that its schools are teaching CRT. But this Marxist ideology goes by many euphemisms, and one undeniably used in MCPS is the doctrine of becoming “antiracist.” No matter how it is phrased, however, it is racism. Earlier this year, some of our fourth and fifth graders read Tiffany Jewel’s “This Book is Anti-Racist.” The author states,
- Non-White students should “go to the head of the line,” but if you are White, “step aside.”
By these metrics, school board members who are White should resign immediately. Are you planning to do so? If you do not, then by your lack of action you agree that CRT is insane and absurd.
Also in Jewel’s book,
- We must “fracture the very foundation of our racist society” and “shake it all up so it can crumble.” This is a revolutionary statement.
Last year, Cabin John Middle School had its ENTIRE COMMUNITY read a book coauthored by Ibram X. Kendi, who asserts that “the only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.”
There are many Black Americans who disagree with Kendi. Derrick Wilburn testified that “I’m not oppressed and . . . putting CRT in classrooms is not combating racism. It’s fanning the flames of what little embers are left.” I agree with him: “let racism die the death it deserves.”
Thank you for this opportunity to present my views.
To read the entirety of Ms. Waychoff's written statement click HERE.