Critical race theory teaches the precise opposite of the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., and openly calls for an end to First Amendment liberties and equal protection laws. Those who are implementing this ideology in schools are furious that any Vermont parents dare question this toxic experiment, and they are quick to dissemble and lie to deceive parents. When this is done by a legislator, it is heinous and demands accountability.
In a disjointed rant against Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, “and his minions,” state Rep. Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney, does us all the favor of displaying the rabid falsehoods he is advancing — the only question is whether this legislator’s hostility toward his own constituents is grounded in gross ignorance or deliberate dishonesty. But one thing is absolutely certain: he is not telling the truth.
Rep. Mrowicki is having an ideological meltdown that anyone would question his Kool-Aid-drinking CRT moronity. Mr. Mrowicki asserts that anyone questioning CRT is trying to “change the subject away from America’s — and Joe Biden’s — successes in cleaning up the mess that Trump left.” Really? But Donald Trump did not implement CRT in Vermont schools — Mr. Mrowicki is the one seeking to change the subject away from that implementation, which is his handiwork and not Trump’s.
Donald Trump has zero to do with CRT in Vermont schools — this is an extremist progressive ideology closely akin to eugenics and Nazism in that it reduces all issues to DNA — skin color. The liberal stranglehold on Vermonters is now threatened, and our ruling elite do not tolerate dissent well. So they are trying to lie. The truth is, those of us challenging CRT are invoking the teachings of MLK, Jr. — hardly a right-wing conspiracy. All Vermont parents know Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fantastic legacy for the world.
Mr. Mrowicki has jettisoned the creed of King, and he surely does not want any of us to be involved in that decision. Instead he says:
Anyone out there who thinks we can hide from our kids the facts about the Tulsa Massacre, why southern and northern Baptists split, or why it took 100 years between the 13th Amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is mistaken. (Then he compares us with China).
Who says anyone wants to hide facts? Mrowicki created a straw man here to dismantle, but how about instead he address the truth — namely, that CRT teaches that slavery was the fault of today’s white children. That’s a far cry from “not teaching history,” and as many professionals are explaining, it is deeply harmful to young children’s minds — like the culture-hating, divisive ideology of China. Then there is hate-filled anti-white poetry, always good for race relations — already in Vermont schools.
Mrowicki’s bombastic blather continues:
A group of Trump sycophants touring Vermont are making a local stop in this area soon. They’re trying to spread their venom here, that we should censor what our children learn about history. More so, they don’t trust our teachers to provide honest answers to our kids’ questions about what’s really happened in our past.
This is par for the course for the haters in power in Vermont — attack people personally with lies rather than address issues. Our group is not “Trump sycophants,” and includes a liberal UVM professor. I have a law degree that included extensive study of social justice. But if I invoke MLK, Jr., Mrowicki raves like a lunatic that I am “spreading venom” — well, I will spread the venom of MLK til my cows come home.
What is really going on here, Vermonters? I have nothing to hide, and if Mr. Morowicki is correct, then he has nothing to fear either.
But Mrowicki has something very powerful to fear: truth. He writes:
The ‘Change the Subject’ attempts to censor U.S. history are a clear attempt to block progress and take Vermont back to the ‘good ol’ days’ … to a time of legal segregation, misogynistic mistreatment of women and children, and unbridled environmental degradation.
It’s up to us, then, to name this, reject the race-baiting and fear mongering on things like Critical Race Theory, and ask for serious policy debates beyond Dr. Seuss or Mr. Potato Head.
Sorry, Mike, we are asking for serious discussion of the writings of CRT scholar and Harvard economist Thomas Sowell, not Dr. Seuss. We ask simply for parents to do two things: get informed about what is being taught, and compare that with the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and existing law. Mrowicki is rewriting U.S. history and laws while suggesting anyone who objects to his cultish fervor is “censoring” the truth. The only censoring is right here — he is protesting us even having the conversation.
Students are already being segregated in Vermont schools based on skin color. COVID monies, and COVID shots, were distributed solely based on skin color. Statutes claim Vermont is a white supremacist culture and that our ancestors used Jim Crow laws to push black farmers from Vermont. And we are the ones denying history?
The “race-baiting and fear mongering” has been on the left. Telling black children that all white people subconsciously hate them and that the entire nation and state are white supremacist — by abusing statistics in a laughably unscientific way — is precisely what Mrowicki and his hate-nurturing zealots have delivered to Vermont and our children. And it is all on the record.
This is a “representative” in open war against his own constituency, so much so that he is calling for protests against those of us who are questioning critical race theory, and that includes many of his own constituents. He sent out an email:
This is not a balanced presentation but all presenters are in opposition to teaching about Systemic Racism. It may also be inaccurate to describe all presenters as “ experienced “ with Public School. Another presenter, John Klar, has stated that CRT teaches children to be racist. The fact is CRT is a college level graduate course that is not taught to young children in any public schools. I would also ask that if anyone is interested in Witnessing Support for Anti-Racist and standing vigil, with signs, across the road from this event to be in touch with me.
Allow me to clarify: That’s correct, Rep. Mrowicki, this event is very much anti-CRT. Vermonters have had CRT shoved down their throats for years by the Legislature and in our schools. We thought maybe allowing an opposing opinion might be tolerated, but it is not — that’s what “anti-racism” means: not letting white people say they are not racists.
The fact is that CRT does teach children to be racist. The fact is that it is being taught in public schools, including here in Vermont, right now. (That’s why 26 states are moving to ban CRT in schools; perhaps Rep. Mrowicki is unaware?) So the fact is, Mrowicki is either lying, or embarrassingly ignorant.
If hating fellow Verrmonters and boldly lying about them is “progress,” then Vermonters are in big trouble. But worse, our children are the guinea pigs in the grip of lying representatives like Mike Mrowicki. Parents must simply look at the curricula themselves to see that he is a liar and a scoundrel, weaponized against those he took an oath to protect — and against the Constitution.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
This sentence spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted countless times as expressing one of America’s bedrock values, its language almost sounding like a constitutional amendment on equality.
Actually, it’s language echoes the 14th Amendment and the Declaration of Independence. CRT says race is the sole issue that determines outcome, and that children must first and foremost be judged by the color of their skin — as with all white adults. (Not black people, who cannot be racist, CRT holds.).
This is the tripe that Mike Mrowicki has worked hard to inflict on Vermont children. No wonder he seeks to switch the subject to Donald Trump, misogynism, and environmental degradation — he doesn’t want Vermonters to analyze the brainwashing toxicity he is inflicting on their children without their consent. Stop changing the subject. Mr. Mrowicki — tell the truth, the whole truth.
Let us examine the record before us and discover the truth about this legislator and what he has done. Let’s not change the subject from CRT and MLK. Let’s have the discussion we have been denied. Next year, we will also be talking a lot about school choice — thanks to the growing loss of trust being created by Mrowicki and his blatant dishonesty.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.