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Civil rights complaints filed against school districts in Colorado and Illinois for racial segregation of students


The nonprofit Parents Defending Education has filed federal civil rights complaints against two public schools in Colorado and Illinois for organizing racially-motivated student activities.

The organization alleged that Centennial Elementary School in Denver, Colo., Engaged in racial discrimination, violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, when ‘she promoted a “game night for families of color”.

A sign at the entrance to the school’s campus announced the event, according to a photo taken by PDE. The activity was reportedly held on a monthly basis, with rallies scheduled for October 13, November 10, December 8, and presumably the second Wednesday of each following month. The point of contact for the event was Nicole Tembrock, the “dean of school culture, according to the school calendar.”

“PDE is filing this complaint as an interested third party organization that opposes racial discrimination and political indoctrination in American schools,” the group wrote in a press release.

The second incident cited in PDE’s claim was the “student of color field trip opportunity” at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. Qualified students would come to Jefferson Middle School to learn about the career path in education from a person of color, according to a screenshot of the flyer obtained by PDE.

The lawsuit against the Illinois school also alleged racial discrimination based on the Civil Rights Act and Amendment 14. Both schools receive federal funding.

In other examples of “anti-racist” racial segregation, a Massachusetts college offered three “safe spaces” after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, one of which was designed primarily for students of color. The three sessions included: “Reactions to Verdicts: Listening and Learning from Peers”, “Rumor Control Room: Facts Presented in Business, Today’s Laws and Final Verdicts” and “Questions and Discussion for Students of color ”.

Earlier this month, PDE filed a civil rights lawsuit against public schools in New York City, after a school said it would separate students into five racial “affinity groups” in the part of a social justice exercise. The reunion categories included Asians, Whites, multiracial college students, black and Hispanic college students, and college students who decided not to be classified.

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