So upset are religious conservatives (disguised as “concerned parents”) with students in California’s Vallejo City Unified School District having to learn about the queers just because some gay teen was bullied, anti-gay group the Pacific Justice Institute has found a new way to rail against the pro-tolerance curriculum: claim being pro-gay is anti-black.
PJI floats this ridiculous theory in an attempt to brand the program as bullying blacks:
At a school board meeting last week, the school board for the Vallejo City Unified School District heard from dozens of parents who were outraged that children as young as kindergarten were being subjected to pro-LGBT films and instruction, with no notice or opportunity to opt out. The parents who packed the board meeting, along with the board, viewed the film “That’s a Family” which was mandatory viewing for kindergarten and elementary grades. African-American parents, as well as a school board member, voiced concerns about the stereotypical and negative portrayal of black people and families. Meanwhile, the film portrays LGBT relationships in only positive terms. One parent held up a crossword puzzle that her child brought home from school. The clue: “Two women who love each other.” Answer: “Lesbian.” The mother stated that her daughter is nine years old and not ready for this type of material. After reviewing the film and hearing from the parents, the board members directed the superintendent to provide them with a copy of all of the materials being used in the classrooms in support of the LGBT based curriculum entitled “Respect for All.”
Pacific Justice Institute Chief Counsel Kevin Snider attended the school board meeting along with many parents and community leaders, including Vallejo pastor Danny Jefferson who addressed the board. PJI represents parents seeking to opt their children out of the curriculum. Attorneys are preparing a legal opinion letter to the school board disputing the ACLU’s position that a school district has no authority to allow parents to opt their children, including kindergartners, out of instruction for which the parents feel their children are too young to receive. “Respect for All” is the result of a settlement agreement entered into between a student, represented by the ACLU, and the District. Snider told the board members that the ACLU has bargained away the rights of third parties who did not have a seat at the table and by doing so the ACLU has disenfranchised these parents. PJI has also learned that the film “Straightlaced,” which extols homosexuality and transsexuality while attacking gender norms, was shown to Vallejo high school students this past Friday with no advance notice to parents.
PJI President Brad Dacus commented, “It is unacceptable and illegal to show films to students that claim to teach diversity and respect but in actuality demean those who have suffered the most of any protected class in this country. We will not stand by and let the ACLU bully parents, students and the school district.” PJI would like to thank Capitol Resource Institute for their participation in this at the board.
I haven’t seen the film so I’m not qualified to weigh in on whether the portrayal of black families is demeaning. But something tells me that if PJI has a problem with it, I wouldn’t. But let’s counter it with the message of Cheri Hamilton, who has two kids enrolled in Vallejo City Unified schools the mother of lesbian grad Rochelle Hamilton (pictured, top), whose ACLU-led attack on the school district is what forced it to adopt tolerance training: “I don’t think there’s an age for” teaching kids to accept and respect others,” says Cheri.
Adds Rochelle, about the supposedly demeaning film now being shown to students: “It’s a video. It’s about making the world better, so why would you get mad? It’s not like it’s something that’s harmful or dangerous; everybody’s just trying to be happy. Really, that’s all it is.” Oh, did we mention the Hamilton family is black?