MINNEAPOLIS, MN- Across the U.S., teachers…in particular teachers’ unions…have been at the forefront of the whole social justice equity push. Now in Minneapolis, that may come back to bite them in the keester.
The Washington Examiner reports that according to terms of a union contract between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union and the school district, any teacher layoffs must begin with white teachers first before “educators of color,” irrespective of seniority or tenure.
Under a section referred to as the contract’s “educators of color protections,” it states if a nonwhite teacher is subject to excess (layoff), the district must instead excess (layoff) a white teacher with the next least seniority, as reported by Alpha News.
The bargaining agreement was reached on March 25 and marked the end of a 14-day teacher strike, the outlet reported.
“Starting with the Spring 2023 Budget Tie-Out Cycle, if excessing a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site, the District shall excess the next least senior teacher, who is not a member of an underrepresented population,” the agreement states.
In “contract speak,” excessing is defined as “the process of reducing staff in a particular school when there is a reduction in the number of available positions in a title or licensing area in that school,” according to the United Federation of Teachers.
The Daily Caller reports the contract also states that minority teachers may be “exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order” and given priority reinstatement.
REPORT: Minneapolis Public Schools confirms "white teachers" will be laid off before any "teacher of color."
— Chalkboard Review (@ChalkboardRev) August 15, 2022
It was reported that the contract is designed to protect teachers at 15 so-called “racially isolated schools” from layoffs. These schools are reported to house the “greatest concentration of poverty” within the school district.
This policy appears to follow the so-called “anti-racism” strategy touted by radical leftist Ibram X. Kendi, who proposes that “current racism can be used to make up for past racism.”
In fact, the contract comes out and says that, stating that “past discrimination by the District disproportionately [impacting] the hiring of underrepresented teachers in the District, as compared to the relevant labor market and the community.” The contract continues that the alleged disparity “resulted in a lack of diversity of teachers.”
The Daily Caller was told by the school district’s spokeswoman, Crystina Lugo-Beach, that the contract was indeed designed to “remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination.”
“Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers mutually agreed to contract language that aims to support the recruitment and retention of teachers from underrepresented groups as compared to the labor market and the community served by the school district,” she said.
Some however believe that the racial component of the contract likely violates the constitutions of both Minnesota as well as the United States.
James Dickey, senior trial counsel at the Upper Midwest Law Center and a member of its legal team raised that issue, and announced that “any Minneapolis taxpayer or teacher who opposes this racial preference system” should contact the center via email.
Both the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller reached out to the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers for comment, however they did not respond to either request.
Indeed, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, otherwise known as the “Equal Protection Clause,” would seem to render such a requirement as moot.
According to the Constitution Center, while the amendment was originally designed to protect blacks from discrimination in a post-Civil War America, the broad wording of the amendment has led the Supreme Court to hold that all discrimination, including against whites, is “constitutionally suspect.”
It would appear on its face that this particular clause in the Minneapolis teacher’s contract is constitutionally suspect. We imagine it will take some type of litigation to settle the matter.
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MADISON, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of many American universities that is spending obscene amounts of taxpayer-funded money.
A recent study, as reported by Red State, shows that 63% of American colleges and universities already have a diversity mandate in place or are in the process of developing one.
In other words, take and pass a required class that teaches white people they are the reason people of color have problems and teaches people of color that they will likely always be victimized by institutional impacts, or don’t graduate.
Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Rocio Rivadeneyra, said:
“The fact is that majority of our students are going to spend their careers and lives in the U.S. and that it was important for them to understand the history, the structures that influence equity, diversity and inclusion issues here at home…we didn’t really have a class that all students had to take that focused on domestic diversity, the issues we have with diversity here in the U.S.”
Rivadeneyra believes that the required class will help graduates “put themselves in different peoples’ shoes and come to a better understanding.”
So, at least one university is throwing a ton of cash at the “problem,” only to see very little result.
UW-Madison recently released the findings of a campus climate survey to see how students in 2021 felt compared to their counterparts 5 years earlier.
When it came to feeling welcome, safe and respected, “students of color, students with disabilities, nonbinary students, transgender students, and other LGBTQ+ students responded less positively than their counterparts.”
Based in that statement by the survey, they word “counterparts” would indicate straight, white students.
That same study shows that Madison student community feels less comfortable interacting with campus police than they did in 2016.
But wait, the university has been throwing money at these perceived issues. Why is there no effective change being seen?
The College Fix has filed a public records request to identify the amount of spending that UW has spent in the name of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
For starters, the university currently employs eight people in its DEI office. The total salary for those positions totals $750,000 annually. That number does not include the benefit packages.
They were also seeking to hire three new mental health providers who would only serve non-white students.
Where else have they spent money?
In 2020, they paid White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo $12,750 for one speech followed by a Q&A session.
They compensated Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the 1619 Project, $55,000 for a single speech.
1619 Project writer says American flag outside childhood home 'embarrassed' her https://t.co/DG0oRZluVd
— WND News (@worldnetdaily) November 7, 2020
Yes, that Hannah-Jones.
A boulder was relocated because a reporter in 1920 referred to it with a racial slur. That cost an additional $50,000. All for the purpose of making people feel safe, they moved a rock 101 years after a reporter said something vile about that rock.
Part of the reason the College Fix filed the public records request was to determine how much money was actually spent on events like the “Welcome BBQ.” That event was only open to non-white students.
They, along with many other people, would like to know the costs associated with placing menstrual products in both men’s and women’s restrooms.
Or how about the time in 2020 when they changed all the “W”s logos on athletic uniforms from white letters to black to show “solidarity” and support for black students.
“I have previously stated my commitment to taking meaningful steps involving issues of diversity and inclusion in our athletic department,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “There is plenty of work to do, but I am pleased we will be able to show our support in a way that is important to our student-athletes.”
Keep in mind, they didn’t actually change the iconic ‘W’ on their helmets or uniforms. They didn’t paint their helmets black. The simply added the university crest decal sporting a black ‘W’ to the back of it. They also added a small patch of the same to other fall sport uniforms.
In an open letter from past and present Badger student-athletes, they “demanded” that the crest be changed from white to black.
— Madison Cone (@madisonacone) July 2, 2020
“We as the student body are demanding the BLACK ‘W’ be the first step of action to showing solidarity with the Black [sic] and POC communities who take pride in being a Wisconsin Badger.”
That letter also stated that they wanted to “exhibit that we stand with them in their fight against police brutality and systemic racism.”
And lastly, while the public affairs office was unable to provide a specific dollar amount for all things DEI, the College Fix reported that the university spent over $500,000 for the construction of a memorial garden commemorating black Greek life on campus, although more than half of that number was obtained through fundraising efforts.
The Divine Nine Garden Plaza displays markers to honor and acknowledge the nine historically black fraternities and sororities that are active or have a history on campus.
“We spoke up, took action, and did the work with campus leaders so students of color, who come here after us, will not have to feel erased or unwelcome, but instead can see places on campus like the Divine Nine Garden Plaza and feel like they belong not only because they can physically see our presence here, but also because they know they’re at a university that will stand with and by their students of color,” Payton Wade said.
Yet through all of this undisclosed amount of spending, non-white and non-straight students do not feel any safer on campus than they did before they started spending tax money to make them feel safer and more welcome.
Is it possible that any actual issues that may exist on the campus aren’t being addressed by speeches, gardens and crest colors?
Law Enforcement Today will continue to follow this story from the College Fix to see if the public information request results in any additional figures regarding spending on DEI initiatives that do not seem to actually do anything.
Caught on camera: Woke University of Wisconsin officials helped students plan protest
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SUPERIOR, WI – Free speech for me but not for thee. It could be the motto of every quasher of divergent opinions everywhere, but especially on American university campuses.
Lectures by visiting speakers are supposed to introduce a range of opinions to those seeking knowledge and they used to work just fine not too long ago.
Until a far-left notion that censoring another person’s speech, thoughts and opinions was somehow noble and, in fact, necessary in the defense of democracy.
NEW: Footage obtained exclusively by YAF shows administrators at a Wisconsin university hosting a planning session for students to protest tomorrow's @MattWalshBlog event.
Students tried to get administrators to move the event off-campus, but were denied. pic.twitter.com/xZlMzlINkj
— YAF (@yaf) April 26, 2022
So when conservative political commentator Matt Walsh was invited to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Superior this past week, students got to work trying to silence him, or at least move his lecture off campus.
Aiding students in their goal to censor another human being were administrators with the university’s Gender Equity Resource Center.
The group held a strategy session, titled “Engaging in Civil Discourse,” during which university administrators and students planned how to protest the event and what to do if the scene turned violent.
Officials and students can be seen on video obtained by Young America’s Foundation, which sponsored the lecture, trying to determine if they could move Walsh’s talk off campus.
As a commentator for the Daily Wire who frequently speaks about hot-button topics such as abortion and gender ideology, Walsh is a target of those on the left who feel his words threaten their existence. One student said during the session:
“This has become one of the most exhausting experiences of my entire life. It is exhausting.”
“This has become one of the most exhausting experiences of my entire life,” one student says about @MattWalshBlog coming to campus.
“These actions reflect that you want hatred,” he told an administrator for allowing Walsh to speak. pic.twitter.com/HaPA6O8ZSw
— YAF (@yaf) April 26, 2022
A speech lasting less than an hour so broke this student’s spirit that he would pay, he said, “thousands of dollars” to go to another school rather than attend a university that would allow Walsh to speak. It has not been determined if the student withdrew from UW-Superior to attend a more liberal place of learning.
Another student at the pre-lecture session could be heard on the video saying the talk would feel less “targeted” if it were held off-campus.
Likely to these and other fragile students’ dismay, the April 27 lecture stayed on-campus and Walsh spoke to a full house. UW-Superior police were on call but only a handful of protesters were observed outside the lecture hall.
In the video, a staff member with the Gender Equity Resource Center asked students if they had any questions about their protest plans and gave tips on conducting a peaceful protest. YAF reported:
“One administrator encourages protestors to ‘sit down’ if there are threats against them, to draw a scene and cause police to come and assist.”
The student who was emotionally exhausted by Walsh coming to the campus said that while the university does care about marginalized students, it seemed to be going against its own ideals by allowing differing opinions to be said out loud, in public, without shame.
He seemed to equate differing stances on issues with being a practioner of the “-isms” that destroy a person’s professional and personal reputations, justly or unjustly. He said:
“It is exhausting, with racism, homophobia, transphobia, and nobody cares.”
He said that while the university:
“genuinely. . . want[s] to block hatred toward the students here, but these actions reflect that you want hatred. And we will continue feeling marginalized on this campus.”
— YAF (@yaf) April 27, 2022
Another student agreed, telling the administrators:
“Actions speak louder than words.”
Another student said they have been “misgendered” and the experience has been “exhausting” and “devastating.”
The shaken student added:
“I would rather just have a safe space.”
Students started a Change.org petition to persuade UWS administrators to relocate the event off campus.
The petition reads:
“It has come to our attention that the University of Wisconsin Superior is hosting extremist, right-wing individual Matt Walsh to come speak on campus. Matt Walsh has repeatedly targeted Transgender individuals, First Nations Communities, women, and other BIPOC individuals.
After consulting with higher ed administration, we have been told that they “cannot do anything” in canceling or relocating the event off of campus due to ‘freedom of speech.’
However, we are aware that ‘Freedom of Speech’ does not condone hate speech and does not come without consequences. We are asking folks to sign this petition in support of our goal to move this event off of our campus and to show solidarity with the above-mentioned communities.”
The organizers give no examples of “hate speech” uttered by Walsh. The petition collected 188 signatures before it became a moot exercise in censorship.
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Triggered by conservative speaker, Yale Law students yell ‘I will literally fight you, b—h’ during bipartisan panel
March 19, 2022
NEW HAVEN, CT – Students at Yale Law School verbally attacked campus speakers discussing bipartisan issues – and now people are outraged. Officials say 120 law students broke up the event by waving signs and yelling.
The majority of the student body at Yale Law School condemned the presence of a conservative speaker and police on campus, drawing online ridicule days after over 100 students attempted to shout down the speaker.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 19, 2022
Kristen Waggoner from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Monica Miller with the progressive American Humanist Association were on campus to participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Federalist Society.
The event set to take place on March 10 was an attempt to examine how a liberal atheist and a conservative Christian could coexist and have mutual understanding on free speech.
According to the Yale Federalist Society website,
“The Federalist Society at Yale Law School is committed to encouraging open and honest debate on the fundamental legal issues of our day.
We provide a wide range of programs open to our members and to the Yale Law School community, including speakers, debates, and social events.”
However, the Yale Law students were not in agreement with the Federalist Society’s policies or the speakers in attendance.
The panel discussion was meant to lead a peaceful exchange regarding the Supreme Court case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski.
The case involved a Georgia Gwinnett College student, Chike Uzuegbunam, who claimed he was prevented from expressing his faith and sharing information about Christianity.
Uzuegbunam was stopped by campus police in 2016 from sharing his faith. He was told to apply for a reservation to speak on a designated “speech zone” on campus.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote:
“But when Uzuegbunam obtained the required permit and tried to speak in a free speech zone, a campus police officer again asked him to stop, this time saying that people had complained about his speech.
Campus policy at that time prohibited using the free speech zone to say anything that “disturbs the peace and/or comfort of person(s).”
The officer told Uzuegbunam that his speech violated campus policy because it had led to complaints, and the officer threatened Uzuegbunam with disciplinary action if he continued.”
The moderator of the panel, professor Kate Stith, had to pause the discussion due to one student shouting, “I will literally fight you, b—-!”
The professor was captured in a video scolding the law student saying:
“Come on, grow up… you’re disrupting the free speech here.“
Police are forced to protect conservative debater at Yale Law FREE SPEECH event from woke students shouting 'I'll fight you b*tch': Victim warns 'future of legal profession in America is in dire straits'
https://t.co/7QMzTu7BE3 via @MailOnline
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 17, 2022
The students yelled back, responding that they had the right to interrupt the panel discussion.
According to the Yale University policy of free expression,
“When Yale or its members host outside speakers, they are also generally free to express their views, even if unpopular or controversial.
Dissenting members of the community may protest and express disagreement, but they may not interfere with a speaker’s ability to speak or attendees’ ability to attend, listen and hear.”
Ellen Cosgrove, Yale Law School Associate Dean, who was present during the event, did not intervene regardless of the violation of school policies that was taking place.
Police escorted the speakers safely out of the building.
“Understandably, a large swath of [Yale Law School] students felt that [the Federalist Society’s] decision to lend legitimacy to this hate group by inviting its general counsel to speak at [Yale Law School] profoundly undermined our community’s values of equity and inclusivity at a time when LGBTQ youth are actively under attack in Texas, Florida, and other states,”
… Even with all of the privilege afforded to us at YLS, the decision to allow police officers in as a response to the protest put YLS’ queer student body at risk of harm.”
A letter was then sent to the Yale deans regarding the students upset at the police presence saying,
“We urge YLS to change any policies or practices that invite police officers onto our campus in response to peaceful student protests.
We also ask that the administration, in collaboration with students, work to build explicit policy that such a response is unwarranted, regardless of who summons police officers.”
One of the speakers, Waggoner remarked to the Yale Daily News,
“Future lawyers should have the critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, humility, and maturity to engage with ideas and legal principles that they may disagree with.”
“Unfortunately, some students who attended the Federalist Society event refused to allow others to speak and acted in an aggressive and hostile manner towards me, Professor Kate Stith, and Monica Miller from the American Humanist Association.”
In response to these events, Judge Lawrence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in an email to his colleagues that,
Federal judge says Yale Law students who disrupted free speech panel should be 'noted': email https://t.co/nYPpSUby56
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 19, 2022
“The latest events at Yale Law School, in which students attempted to shout down speakers participating in a panel discussion on free speech, prompt me to suggest that students who are identified as those willing to disrupt any such panel discussion should be noted.”
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) March 17, 2022
While Yale Law students chanted “This is free speech,” they failed to remember that free speech means free speech for all.
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