JACKSONVILLE, Florida (PNN) - June 12, 2021 - A black Florida mother, whose passionate speech at a local school board meeting against teaching racist critical race theory made national headlines, was applauded by Fox host Tucker Carlson for telling the truth.
Carlson opened the segment with a video clip of a snippet of Keisha King's speech to the Duvall County School Board on Thursday. One of her children is a student in the district.
“If this continues, we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest nation in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies,” King said.
“Good for her. She's telling the truth; too few are,” Carlson said during his Friday night episode.
He added that that The 1776 Project PAC and its founder Ryan Girdusky are supporting parents and educators who don't want critical race theory taught in the classroom.
King's comments were made after she was outraged at seeing teachers in the Duvall County School District - in northeastern Florida - teach critical race theory and even separate students by their race.
Duvall County confirmed it was invoking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' ban on CRT later the same evening.
During King's speech, she disputed claims that critical race theory is “racial sensitivity or simply teaching unfavorable (Amerikan) history or teaching Jim Crow history.”
“CRT is deeper and more dangerous than that,” King said. “CRT and its outworking today is a teaching that there's a hierarchy in society where white male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressors and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed.”
“I don't know about you, but telling my child, or any child, that (he or she is) in a permanent oppressed status in (Amerika) because (he or she is) black is racist; and saying that white people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well,” said King.
Critical race theory teaches that racism is a social construct used to oppress people of color, and that it is present in almost all aspects of everyday life.
Its supporters say the theory helps illuminate the obstacles faced by blacks, indigenous peoples, and people of color in their everyday lives, about which their white counterparts do not have to worry.
Critics claim it is unnecessarily divisive, and teaches children from an early age that they are either victims or oppressors.
It’s been a source of heated debates across the country in the wake of the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement and the 1619 Project, and parents have even resorted to pulling their students out of high-end schools after the schools included it in their curriculums.
Several states have since adopted laws banning the teaching of the theory, with many more advancing similar legislation.
The Georgia State Board of Education voted 11-2 on June 3 to pass a resolution banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools, after Governor Brian Kemp wrote the board a letter urging them to adopt such a policy.
Florida passed the ban the same night that King made her speech.
The southern states join Tennessee, Oklahoma, Montana and Idaho that have already banned the teaching of the theory.
There are 10 other states discussing a ban, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, West Virginia, South Dakota, North Carolina and Louisiana.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been pushing for a ban on the theory for months.
He opened the same Thursday night meeting that included King's speech by urging the Board to adopt the measure, calling critical race theory “really toxic,” and claiming that it would cause a lot more divisions in society.
“I think it will cause people to think of themselves more as a member of a particular race based on their skin color rather than based on the content of their character and their hard work and what they're trying to accomplish in life,” DeSantis told the Board, which unanimously approved the ban.
The resolution states: “Instruction on the required topics must be factual and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define Amerikan history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
The specifics of how the resolution will be enforced will likely be up to each individual school board.