By Craig Bannister | January 26, 2021
An Iowa public school district will devote February 1-5, 2021 to teaching Black Lives Matter (BLM) “guiding principles” – such as telling young children that they can choose any gender they want, even if that means making up a new one.
While it is not officially affiliated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, teachers will indoctrinate students regarding 13 BLM “guiding principles,” the Ames, Iowa Community School District (CSD) says on its website.
The “Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action” will focus, not just on affirming “all Black identities,” but also on transforming “non-Black, particularly white students,” the website explains:
“The Black Lives Matter at School movement, which is not formally affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Global Network or any other organization in the Movement for Black Lives, is a push to improve schools for Black students, teachers, and families. The movement is a call to schools across the nation to say and show that Black lives matter within the school walls and in the policies and practices that impact the lives and futures of Black students. The Week of Action is a time set aside to affirm all Black identities by centering Black voices, empowering students, and teaching about Black experiences beyond slavery.
“This week of action not only benefits Black students but can also be transformative for non-Black students, particularly white students. Due in large part to school and residential segregation, white students often get a narrow view of blackness from their lived experiences.”
One of the “identities” teachers will affirm and promote are non-biological gender identities chosen by students.
“Among the educational tools linked to the Ames website are the ‘Kid-Friendly’ versions of BLM’s ‘13 Principles’ for early childhood and elementary education. These principles include ‘transgender affirming’ and ‘queer affirming’ and these topics are offered as pages in a BLM coloring book for younger age groups.”
On the “Transgender Affirming” coloring page, children are told:
“Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind. Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or something else, and no one else gets to choose for them.”
The principle, as stated on the school district’s website, is less direct in its language:
“We are committed to embracing and making space for trans siblings to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”
The “Queer Affirming” page promotes “freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking”:
“We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless he/she or they disclose otherwise.”