“In the run-up to 2021’s Black History Month, the first since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody touched off a worldwide reckoning on issues of race, there was no shortage of articles regarding how educators had ‘tip-toed’ around our history or offered ‘sanitized versions of slavery and the civil rights movement.’ It was time for us to get serious.
Fifth-graders at the William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia are getting very serious indeed, according to a curriculum obtained by a writer for the City Journal.
Christopher Rufo, a contributing editor to the publication, said in an article published Thursday that a teacher at the school designed a Black History Month lesson plan centered around celebrating the life of militant activist Angela Davis, ‘praising the… black communist… for her fight against… injustice and inequality…
At the end of the lesson, students took part in a black power rally to ‘free Angela Davis’ from prison. Davis was arrested and charged in connection with a 1970 attack on a courtroom in Marin County, California, that left four people dead. According to The New York Times, the attackers used guns that were purchased by Davis… The students marched on the stage, holding signs that read ‘Black Power,’ ‘Jail Trump,’ ‘Free Angela,’ and ‘Black Power Matters.’ They chanted about Africa and ancestral power, then shouted ‘Free Angela! Free Angela!’ as they stood at the front of the stage…
SCOOP: A Philadelphia elementary school forced fifth-grade students to celebrate “black communism” and simulate a Black Power rally to “free Angela Davis” from prison.— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 11, 2021
I’ve obtained exclusive whistleblower documents and photographs from the school. Here’s the story. 🧵
Last year, a fifth-grade teacher at the William D. Kelley School designed a social-studies curriculum to celebrate the political radical Angela Davis, praising the “black communist” for her fight against “inequality” and telling students to “define communist” in favorable terms. pic.twitter.com/zeUAs8vWZs— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 11, 2021
It’s worth noting that by the time Donald Trump announced his run for the presidency in 2015, Davis had been free for 43 years. The militant activist and apologist for the Soviet bloc (she won the USSR’s Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 and extensively toured communist countries) also ran for vice president twice on the Communist Party USA ticket, garnering little support as Gus Hall’s running mate in 1980 and 1984.”