Buffalo Public Schools required kindergartners to participate in a lesson on critical race theory that included video of black children who were fatally shot, to teach about "racist police and state-sanctioned violence."
In a report, Discovery Institute scholar Christopher Rufo noted that Fox News had covered a story last year of how the public school district was implementing Black Lives Matter material into their curriculum. The story detailed how district associate superintendent Dr. Fatima Morrell was pushing "critical consciousness," which he called "a Marxist pedagogical concept training students to identify and subvert their oppressors."
The individual lessons Rufo obtained utilized a video from a YouTube channel called "Woke Kindergartners" that aimed "to engage in learning for liberation."
Rufo also documented how middle and high schoolers were being required to complete similar activities, learning to confront "whiteness in [their] classrooms," and including the idea that "all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism."
"Teachers within Buffalo Public Schools tell me the new antiracism program pushes 'radical politics' into the classroom and has devolved into 'scoldings, guilt-trips, and demands to demean oneself simply to make another feel 'empowered," said Rufo. "Teachers are afraid to speak out."
He also noted that only 18% of students in Buffalo Public Schools are proficient in math by fifth grade and only 20% are proficient in English. In addition, a third of students fail to graduate high school.
"The new 'antiracism' program will do nothing to improve these outcomes," said Rufo.