Stacy Deemar, an Illinois teacher, is suing the Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65 in Evanston, Illinois, alleging that the school district has stereotyped white people and divided teachers according to their race.
Deemar has claimed that this is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. On Tuesday, the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit against the District for mandating this segregation and racial division in schools. “By vowing to define its teachers and students solely by their race, District 65 promotes and reinforces a view of race essentialism that divides Americans into groups based solely on their skin color,” said SLF General Counsel Kimberly Hermann.
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“District 65 teaches its teachers and students that their whole identity comes from the color of their skin. It teaches them to hate each other. It teaches them not only how to be racist, but that they should be racist. This is illegal, wrong, and must be stopped.” Tuesday’s filing alleges that District 65 has implemented critical race theory into school lessons, classroom procedures, and teacher training for years.
District 65 previously faced backlash for giving students of color priority to return for in-person instruction following the pandemic. In the District’s 2018 Strategy and Equity Reflection, neighboring superintendent Paul Gordon praised the “majority of school instructional teams [who] have written plans that focus on accelerating black student achievement,” and celebrated an increase in “the annual percentage of new hires who identify as people of color by 12%.”