A single mother from Charlottesville, Virginia, is suing Albemarle School District for indoctrinating her biracial son in critical race theory, claiming his son’s behavior has changed after the school district implemented an ‘anti-racism’ policy.
Melissa Riley went on with Jesse Watters on the “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Monday, where she discussed how the school brainwashed his 13-year-old son, causing him to start ‘seeing himself just as a Black man’ and ‘sees things that don’t go his way as racism.’
“We didn’t have issues before. He’s in 8th grade, they introduced this critical program, and now he’s having racial issues that was not there before,” said Riley. “He sees himself just as a Black man. He’s seeing things that don’t go his way as racism. And he is finding safety in numbers now.”
“So what you’re saying is he gets a bad grade at school, he blames racism. Or a girl rejects him on a date, racism. Are those the kind of things you’re seeing?” Watters asked.
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Riley told Watters that her teenage son, whose father is African-American, accused her of being a racist when she asked him to clean the house.
“Yes, I asked him to clean the house. Racism, yes,” Riley responded. “He is using it as an excuse because they have told him that that’s how people see him, as a Black man, that the world is against, and [he] shows it as a negative now.”
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When she confronted the school about the negative effects the program was having on her son by emphasizing racial conflict and division, Riley said she was told her son could be a “Black spokesman for the Black community” in the school.
“When I told them I didn’t think that that would be appropriate, they told me that if he was uncomfortable with the conversations, he and other children of color could go to a safe place during these conversations,” she said. “And that’s segregation.”
Riley and her son are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Albemarle County School Board in December by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the New York Post reported. Her lawyer Ryan Bangert told Watters in the same interview that the school hasn’t denied its curriculum, and stands by the divisive teachings.
“They certainly are fighting back,” he said. “And they don’t deny what they are teaching. They simply think it’s fine. They think it’s okay. But it’s not okay. It’s never okay. It’s never right for a school to teach kids that they are determined by their race. It’s never okay for a school to tell kids that bigotry should be fought with bigotry and racism should be fought by doubling down on racism. Those things are not okay,” Banger asserted. “They’re a violation of students’ civil rights.”