The District 65 school district in Evanston, Illinois — a suburb just outside Chicago — urged special-needs students not to use the phrase “All Lives Matter” prior to hosting a week of events dedicated to indoctrinating students with woke talking points from the Black Lives Matter agenda.
The Daily Wire reported that the school district hosted a “BLM Week of Action” this past February. The program was reportedly sponsored by a national organization called “BLM at School,” which demands the inclusion of “black history and ethnic studies” in K-12 curriculum, restorative justice discipline, the funding of a “counselors not cops” program, and the hiring of more black educators.
To explain to its learning-disabled students why they could not say “All Lives Matter,” District 65 schools presented them with a slide show that emphasized concepts found in critical race theory.
The slide titled “Why don’t we say ‘All Lives Matter'” showed students a comic strip where a smug-looking man uses a garden hose to pour water on a perfectly fine house while the one adjacent to it is on fire. The cartoon man smugly proclaims, “All houses matter.”
This slide had a speaker’s note attached to it that read: “This is important! Even if it remains here for the adults! This is a tricky concept but should be talked about even if it’s just for the adults in the room.”
The slide show also compelled instructors to have special-needs students “stand in a circle” facing one another and put their hands in the circle made up of their peers. Students were instructed to “notice how everyone has different color skin.”
Teachers were instructed to ask their students, “Who in this circle has brown skin?”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a parent of a third-grade student in the district said that he was “disturbed” by the instructional materials.
“I think they’re trying to undermine arguments that kids might hear outside the school,” the parent continued. “I believe they’re trying to put a division between children and parents. It’s so shocking. You hear about this stuff, but then to see it right in front of you.”
A slide near the end of the presentation directed teachers to “read aloud” from a book called “Giant Steps to Change the World” authored by filmmakers Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.
A note in the speakers’ section for this part of the presentation said, “White people need to be taking giant steps.”