By A.P. Dillon
- Gender Neutral Bathrooms Considered At Retreat
- Push Comes from Sheldon Lanier, Equity Director
- No Public Vote/Discussion Is Scheduled
With all the outcry going on due to the Charlotte City Council’s transgender bathroom ordinance, some related news has gotten lost in the shuffle.
At the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board’s February retreat, the idea of converting all of the school bathrooms to “Gender Neutral” was introduced. The district appears to wish to make all bathrooms available to students depending on what gender they “identify” with. View the Agenda here: 2016 Board Planning Retreat Agenda.
Arguably, such a venture would be costly and the budget presentation from the same retreat depicts the district already having a “budget shortfall” of $6.6 million. Given this retro-fitting would require the use of district funds, it would seem appropriate the board vote on it, yet no such vote nor public hearing seems to have been scheduled.
The article also cites Title IX, which is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The U.S. Department of Education has been using Title IX as the legal basis to force school districts in various states to adopt similar transgender facilities policies.
As Civitas previously reported, Gov. Pat McCrory added North Carolina to an amicus brief last fall that takes direct aim at the U.S. Department of Education’s attempts to force such policies using Title IX when Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to do so.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro equity director, Sheldon Lanier, has been cited by ECHO as sending a letter to school officials in the district on the topic. The text of the letter was obtained from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
The letter restates the basic premise of the U.S. Department of Education’s lawsuits utilizing Title IX and goes a step further, stating that the bathroom conversions will happen in the coming month:
“In compliance with Title 9 legislation, a single stall bathroom will be converted to gender-neutral by the end of the month. It is a major policy change and will certainly seem unfamiliar to many of you.”
Accompanying the copy of the letter was a picture of the proposed new signage, which reads “All Gender Restroom.”
Three questions emerge from these developments: First, where parents and the public stand on the question of converting all middle and high school bathrooms to “All Gender” needs to be asked.
Second, are parents aware the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools board is considering gender-neutral bathrooms?
And third, are parents aware that the presentation Sheldon Lanier made at the board retreat is based on the highly controversial and radical Critical Race Theory (CRT)?
Critical Race Theory, in summary, looks at every aspect of life, from education to the judicial system, only from the perspective of race. Critical Race Theory’s base assumption is that everything is racist and the “system” is rigged to the advantage of “White Supremacy.”
One of the slides in the presentation was on “Cultural Barriers”: It highlighted the following:
- Black cultural resistance and distrust towards social institutions such as schools.
- Awareness of White racism and a lack of labor market opportunities create distrust towards institutions espousing White middle-class ideology.
- Students will adopt behaviors opposite of what is deemed preferable of Whites to avoid being labeled as “acting White.”
- CRT (conceptual framework) – race and racism intersect with other identity categories and experiences of subordination to create and maintain cultural and institutional systems of oppression.
- Parents want students to use academic success as a means of social mobility.
CRT may sound familiar to those who read the coverage by Breitbart.com surrounding the radical Professor Derrick Bell, one of Critical Race Theory’s two main founders. The outlet wrote dozens of articles covering President Obama’s praise for Bell, and linked to video of Obama physically embracing him at a rally. Obama also used Bell’s work in the classes he taught at the University of Chicago.
Sheldon Lanier is infusing CRT, which is inextricably tied to Social Justice activism, into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. More and more academic subjects such as math, science and reading are put on the back burner in favor of Social Justice and policy guided by radical theories.
Where are you, parents?