Mom and professor reveals how she has been targeted after raising concerns about books in schools

A mother and former Georgetown University professor slammed what she deemed to be a ‘woke army’ that is infiltrating US schools with books declaring America to be racist.

Asra Nomani told Congress on Tuesday how she has been targeted by woke activists after raising concerns about books in schools that promote critical race theory, which she said are a ‘threat to democracy.’ 

Nomani, who was born in India and immigrated to the United States as a child, said she has been called ‘the face of white supremacy’ for her beliefs as she told the House Oversight Committee that teachers should be focusing on math and reading rather than promoting a ‘divisive ideology.’

Critical race theory is an educational concept that claims racism is a social construct that has been embedded in American legal systems and policies. 

Her remarks came amid Congressional hearings about white supremacy, which some say have led to an increase in violence against LGBT Americans.

Asra Nomani, who was born in India and immigrated to the United States as a child, told how she has been called the 'face of white supremacy' for speaking out against critical race theory

Asra Nomani, who was born in India and immigrated to the United States as a child, told how she has been called the ‘face of white supremacy’ for speaking out against critical race theory

 

Nomani, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, revealed on Twitter that she was the only witness to the hearing invited by the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.

‘I wasn’t scared. My argument: we must not replace the old hierarchy of human value with the Woke Army’s new hierarchy of human value!’

Nomani began her testimony by telling how she grew up as an immigrant to the United States.

‘I came to the United States at the age of four. I was an immigrant to the great state of New Jersey and I grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia — a mostly white state.’

Despite her different complexion, she said: ‘I was affirmed, I was supported and I was able to grow up a girl who knew not a word of English when I arrived to become a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.’

Still, she said: ‘I am sitting before you today, apparently the face of white supremacy,’ citing how some woke activists have called her names for her opposition to critical race theory.

Critics of the theory say it creates division by separating people into two categories, the ‘oppressed’ and the ‘oppressors’ based on their skin color. 

Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.

Nomani then discussed how her father faced actual white supremacy growing up in India, where she said, the British rulers ‘literally funneled food away from the people.’

‘And so he grew up to be a young man who came to the United States of America because he believed in the values and the principles of this great nation.’

She wore a shirt designed by her father detailing all of the names she has been called

She wore a shirt designed by her father detailing all of the names she has been called

At one point, she held up a children's book entitled "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness" which lists a hierarchy of races and shows a white man signing a contract with the devil

At one point, she held up a children’s book entitled “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness” which lists a hierarchy of races and shows a white man signing a contract with the devil

The former professor then told the House Oversight Committee how she was wearing a white shirt inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s infamous Tax the Rich dress, designed by her father himself.

‘It says on here the names, we the parents in the United Stats of America have been called … things like “domestic terrorist,” “white supremacist,” “QAnon moms.”

‘What is it that we, the parents, have dared to stand up against in th United States of America? It is a divisive ideology expressed through this book called Critical Race Theory that is translated into our school systems with books like this “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness.”

‘The trickle-down effect of the dehumanization of any human being because of their race is books like this,’ she continued, before showing off a page that shows ‘a new hierarchy of human value.’

‘There is no doubt that the hierarchy of human value that was white supremacy is illegitimate,’ Nomani said. ‘Every single person is opposed to the idea of white supremacy.

‘But we cannot replace an old hierarchy of human value with a new hierarchy of human value that demonizes children with this book, [which says]: “Whiteness is a bad deal” signing a contract with the devil.

‘What is the message in this? The message is the shaming of human beings,’ she said, adding: ‘No child should be shamed.’ 

That kind of rhetoric, she said, has led to posters being put up in Los Angels County Schools saying 'F*** Amerikkka' with KKK intentionally replacing the C

That kind of rhetoric, she said, has led to posters being put up in Los Angels County Schools saying ‘F*** Amerikkka’ with KKK intentionally replacing the C

CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  

The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the past few years.

The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country and the introduction of the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.

The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.

Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.

Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.

That is when she told how she thought critical race theory is a threat to America’s democracy, sharing a poster that appeared in the Los Angles School District reading “F— Amerikkka’ with the ‘c’ purposely replaced with ‘KKK.’

‘Because the idea is that our nation has become a white supremacist nation, and that is not true, that is not the reality,’ Nomani insisted.

Instead, she said it is an ‘ideology’ from a ‘woke army.’

‘It is an ideology of activists who are going through America’s school district and our communities and what they are doing is a threat to democracy.’

As she explained, children are facing a learning loss in our country — which she said is a bigger threat. 

Across the country, math scores saw their largest decreases ever while reading scores dropped to 1992 levels and nearly four in 10 eighth graders failed to grasp basic math concepts, the National Assessment of Educational Progress found in October. 

In both math and reading, students scored lower than those tested in 2019. But while reading scores dipped, math scores plummeted by the largest margins in the history of the NAEP test, which began in 1969.

Math scores were worst among eighth graders, with 38 percent earning scores deemed ‘below basic’. In 2019, when 31 percent of eighth graders scored below that level.

‘White supremacy must be defeated, as must all extremism,’ Nomani concluded. ‘This is our mandate as adults for our children.

‘Our children are in a crisis today, and the idea that we, the parents, are now the agents of white supremacy is unacceptable,’ she said, adding: ‘All of these books that I have here today are the indoctrination that are being put into the minds of our children instead of the fundamentals that are critical to make them educated, enlightened citizens that protect our democracy.

‘This is our greatest mandate and that is the one that I am honored to share with you to realize for our children.’ 

Nomani said during her testimony that teachers should be focused on fundamentals rather than teaching this 'divisive' rhetoric

Nomani said during her testimony that teachers should be focused on fundamentals rather than teaching this ‘divisive’ rhetoric

Critical race theory has become a contentious topic in American public schools for teaching there white people are 'oppressors'

Critical race theory has become a contentious topic in American public schools for teaching there white people are ‘oppressors’

Nomani tweetd that she was the only witness invited to speak at the hearing by the GOP

Nomani tweetd that she was the only witness invited to speak at the hearing by the GOP

Nomani’s testimony came the same day Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace called out the threatening rhetoric of a transgender activist, who tweeted that Supreme Court justices should be ‘accosted’ and ‘never know peace again.’

Mace, a conservative who has supported LGBTQ+ rights in the past – including voting for the recently signed Respect For Marriage Act – confronted Alejandra Caraballo, a trans woman and clinical instructor of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, who was speaking at the hearing.

The representative asked Caraballo and four of the other witnesses at the hearing if they considered rhetoric that could be deemed violent as a ‘threat to democracy,’ to which Caraballo agreed.

At that point, Mace brought out a tweet she had made after the Dobbs decision that reversed Roe v. Wade.  

In the tweet, which now appears to have been deleted, she writes: ‘The 6 justices who overturned Roe should never know peace again. It is our civic duty to accost them every time they are in public. 

‘They are pariahs. Since women don’t have their rights, these justices should never have a peaceful moment in public again.’

The justices she was calling out are all conservatives: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. 

Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace called out one of the activists testifying on Tuesday for calling for violence against the Supreme Court justices in the wake of the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v Wade

Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace called out one of the activists testifying on Tuesday for calling for violence against the Supreme Court justices in the wake of the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v Wade

Alejandra Caraballo had tweeted that Supreme Court justices should be 'accosted' and 'never know peace again'

Alejandra Caraballo had tweeted that Supreme Court justices should be ‘accosted’ and ‘never know peace again’

Mace then told a personal story of being ‘accosted’ by a constituent in Washington on January 5, which she fully blamed on extremist rhetoric on social media and at public events. 

She added: ‘I carry a gun everywhere I go when I am in my district and I’m at home, because I know personally that rhetoric has consequences. I’ve had my car keyed, I’ve had someone trespass in my house as recently as August. I’ve been doxxed on social media about where I live and I’ve had to have security everywhere I go.’

She went on to say that she carries a gun often because she can’t afford the additional security needed.

Mace then showed one more tweet from Caraballo from earlier in November in which the activist calls the Supreme Court ‘illegitimate’ and an ‘organ of the far right’ and asked ‘yes or no’ if she felt Supreme Court Justices should be accosted. 

Caraballo called it ‘not an accurate representation’ of her statements, before Mace pointed out that in June, a heavily armed 26-year-old man was detained near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, and allegedly told authorities he wanted to kill the conservative jurist and then himself.

Mace wrapped up by stating: ‘It’s clear to me that we have to call out the threats to our democracy emanating from where they come, whether it’s the right or the left.’ 

Author: Hardeep Singh

With over 2 years of experience in the field of journalism, Hardeep Singh heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Writer.

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