Leaked Teacher Training Documents Show Iowa Government Schools Classify ‘Make America Great Again’ As White Supremacy

Leaked Teacher Training Documents Show Iowa Government Schools Classify ‘Make America Great Again’ As White Supremacy

Leaked documents from Iowa’s Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency show the district subjected teachers to mandatory training that classified the phrase “Make America Great Again” as an example of “Covert White Supremacy,” akin to neo-nazis, murderous police, and cross burnings. 

The same graphic, which also deems Columbus Day and the denial of white privilege as examples of white supremacy, had previously been used in a government-funded “anti-racist” training led by Dena Simmons and organized by the Valburn Consulting Group on behalf of the Naperville 203 Community Unit.

The presentation from Iowa’s Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, which was posted on Twitter by Benny Johnson, also listed a variety of resources, including a definition of critical race theory that boasted that the ideological framework “questions the very foundation” of “the principles of constitutional law,” confirming the critiques of those who have noted that critical race theory is intentionally designed to subvert the underpinnings of American society by targeting children through the education system.

The same resource also defined a number of other notable terms, including whiteness, remarking that “Whiteness itself refers to the specific dimensions of racism that serve to elevate white people over people of color.”

The definition of racial justice noted the need to operationalize justice by “centering Blackness and building community, cultural, economic, and political power of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC),” while defining racism itself as both “race prejudice + social and institutional power,” as well as “a white supremacy system,” thus claiming that white people, who are allegedly privileged, can be perpetrators, but not victims, of racism.

The presentation also advertises Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility,” which propagates the anti-white notion that all white people are racist merely by virtue of their racial background, arguing that “anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities as white people.”

At the end of the slideshow, educators are asked to complete an “equity rubric,” which asks participants if they believe that the agency has been successful in creating an “inclusive hiring process conducive to hiring staff who … have reflected on their own unconscious bias and their identity in relation to power and privilege,” essentially establishing an ideological litmus test for applicants to the government-run school system.

Iowa just recently banned critical race theory in public schools, which would make the inclusion of this presentation’s material in school curriculum illegal under state law.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Spencer Lindquist is an intern at the Federalist and a senior at Pepperdine University where he studies Political Science and Rhetoric and Leadership and serves as Pepperdine’s College Republicans President and the Chief of Staff of the California College Republicans. You can follow him on Twitter @SpencerLndqst and reach him at [email protected]
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