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Bola Anike, who lives in Brighton and works with campaign group Don’t Divide Us, has denounced her local council where the far-left administration has pushed schools to teach the controversial Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a fact. The CRT, which was developed by Marxist scholars in the United States, teaches that systems and institutions are inherently racist against black people.
Writing for the Express, Ms Anike slammed the Green Party-led Brighton and Hove Council for rejecting her calls for a ‘colorblind’ approach to tackling racism.
She said, “I don’t want black kids in my town to learn that the systems around them are loaded against them. I don’t want black kids in my town to learn that the things they can’t control, like the color of their skin, have a bigger impact on their future than the things they can, like their ethics of hard work, attitude and dedication.
“And I don’t want white kids in my town to learn that they carry inherited ‘racial guilt’ that they must atone for by championing a narrow set of partisan racial justice causes.
“And if my council insists on adopting a CRT-based approach, it must allow and accommodate alternative approaches to race relations and integration. Anything less is undemocratic.
She pointed out that there had been no public consultation on the introduction of a policy which has already been condemned by the Commons Education Select Committee.
The committee’s report recommended that the term “white privilege” be banned from the classroom because it could harm white working-class children.
He also found that the greatest inequality in educational achievement came from poorer white families who were least likely to reach the required standard or go to college.
Ms Anike said: ‘I believe that racism exists and that we must come together to fight racism in order to work towards a society envisioned by Martin Luther King Jr, a society in which we strive to judge and be judged on the content of our character and not the color of our skin.
She added: “Colorblind approaches to anti-racism are the reason the UK is the diverse and largely well-integrated multiracial democracy it is today.
“It’s because the UK is a country that strives to treat people the same, regardless of their skin colour, that so many people of so many different races and ethnicities have come to s ‘settling in the UK.’
Last month, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi sent officials to investigate Brighton and Hove City Council over the policy.
He warned: “I am clear – as is the law in the land – that disputed theories and opinions should not be presented to young people as fact.”
Chair of Brighton City Council for Children, Young People and Skills, Hannah Clare has defended the policy developed after the murder of George Floyd in the US.
At a recent council meeting, she told Ms Akine: ‘I don’t have direct experience of racism because I’m a white woman from Essex. But my experience is that I was able to be unaware of the color of my skin or where I had grown up – while my peers from other ethnic backgrounds were hyper aware of it.
“They were made aware of this by the actions of other people who behaved differently towards them because of the color of their skin.
“That’s why it’s so important to educate young people about the breed, its history and its issues. But to make it happen, everyone, including teachers and education staff, needs to feel confident and supported to talk about it.