A Pennsylvania school is under fire after fifth graders were reportedly forced to celebrate black communism and hold a mock "Black Power" rally amid Black History Month celebrations.
What are the details?
Students in one Philadelphia elementary school were allegedly forced to celebrate "black communism" and endure a mock Black Power rally in order to "free"
Angela Davis, outspoken radical political activist, from "jail."
Christopher Rufo, a contributing editor at the City Journal, detailed the alleged activities — which he says were outlined by whistleblower documents — and said that he spoke with a school source that corroborated the details.
Students at William D. Kelley School were reportedly exposed to the playacting through a social studies class that praised Davis — "the 'black communist'" — for her fight against "injustice and inequality."
Students, according to Rufo's report, were also told to pretend they were participating in a rally to free Davis, who was once jailed — and later freed — on charges of murder and more.
"As part of the lesson, the teacher asked students to 'describe Davis' early life,' reflect on her vision of social change, and 'define communist' — presumably in favorable terms," Rufo wrote for the City Journal. "At the conclusion of the unit, the teacher led the ten- and eleven-year-old students into the auditorium to 'simulate' a Black Power rally to 'free Angela Davis from prison, where she had once been held while awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy, kidnapping and murder."
The children, according to the outlet, were then directed to march around the state holding a variety of signs that read "Black Power," "Jail Trump," "Free Angela," and "Black Power Matters."
"They chanted about Africa and ancestral power, then shouted 'Free Angela! Free Angela!' as they stood at the front of the stage," Rufo added.
The outlet also points out the school's apparent penchant for political radicalism, and points to the school's "newest public artworks" — mural commissions of Davis and Communist and Black Panther revolutionary Huey P. Newton — as proof of politicization.
Rufo wrote, "One teacher at William Kelley, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals, expressed deep pessimism about the future of public education: 'I've come to realize that no policy hurts African-Americans more than the public school system and the teachers' union.'"
The Daily Caller also reported on the allegations, and noted that the district did not respond to its request for comment in time for publication.
'Here's the story'
On Friday, Rufo
tweeted, "A Philadelphia elementary school forced fifth-grade students to celebrate 'black communism' and simulate a Black Power rally to 'free Angela Davis' from prison."
"I've obtained exclusive whistleblower documents and photographs from the school. Here's the story," Rufo added.
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continued, "Last year, a fifth-grade teacher at the William D. Kelley School designed a social-studies curriculum to celebrate the political radical Angela Davis, praising the 'black communist' for her fight against 'inequality' and telling students to 'define communist' in favorable terms."
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"At the end of the unit, the teacher led the ten- and eleven-year-olds into the school auditorium to 'simulate' a Black Power rally to 'free Angela Davis' from prison, where she had once been held on charges of murder. The students chanted 'Black Power!' and 'Free Angela!'" he
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— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️)1613072248.0
added, "The William D. Kelley School's student population is 94 percent black and 100 percent 'economically disadvantaged.' Academically, it is one of the worst-performing schools in the state: by graduation, only 13 percent of Kelley students will have achieved basic literacy."
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— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️)1613072495.0
"Despite this abysmal academic performance, administrators have gradually abandoned traditional pedagogy in favor of political radicalism," he
continued. "They recently commissioned murals of Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton, who represent the Communist and Black Panther revolutionary movements."
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— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️)1613072601.0
pointed out that such behaviors aren't terribly surprising — as the teachers' union has publicly demanded that the country overthrow the "racist structure of capitalism" and more.
"The teachers' union openly demands that the United States overthrow the 'racist structure of capitalism,' provide 'reparations for black and indigenous people,' and 'uproot white supremacy and plant the seeds for a new world,'" he wrote.
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— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️)1613072968.0
concluded, "The gap between rhetoric and reality is almost beyond comprehension: the ten-year-olds marching for 'black communism' can barely read and write. Rather than come to terms with this failure, educators have shifted the blame to 'systemic racism' and promises of 'revolution.' ... This should be a crime. The School District of Philadelphia has 18,000 employees and a $3.4 billion annual budget—and fails, year after year, to teach basic literacy. Educators promise to "plant the seeds for a new world," but condemn their students to illiteracy and failure."