Hamilton County residents are reportedly getting robocalls that warn the local public school district has a liberal agenda.
Issues of “white privilege” and the school district’s recent efforts to teach local educators about the matter were reportedly mentioned on the call.
This, according to the Chattanooga-based News Channel 9.
The station’s website reported no one knows who is behind these efforts.
“Some parents and teachers say the underlying message is spreading lies about public schools in Hamilton County,” according to the station’s website.
A 26-question survey, among other things poses questions about race and white privilege, the station reported.
“UnifiEd has published and distributed a report that suggests that many of Hamilton County Schools remain intentionally segregated and imply that these same schools are failing because of white privilege and racism. Do you strongly agree somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree?” News Channel 9 quoted the poll as asking.
“Are you aware of the controversy involving the presentation to Hamilton County Opportunity Zone teachers that referred to ‘white privilege’? Do you think this type of training on race helps students or hurts students?”
One phone call warns “School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson is using our tax dollars to push a liberal agenda in K-12 public schools through white privilege training. Two lessons school system officials tried to impart to teachers were that people of color cannot be racist because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives. And secondly, when minorities express or practice prejudice against whites, they are not racist,” the phone call reportedly said.
“Dr. Johnson and members of the radically liberal school board are singling out white teachers who give their all to less fortunate students of all races and causing mistrust and confusion to vulnerable minds.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Patrick Hampton” by Patrick Hampton. Background Photo “Hamilton County School” by Hamilton County Schools.