Christopher Rufo, a native of Sacramento and once a member of St. Ignatius Parish, Sacramento, has provided a helpful summary of Critical Race Theory (linked). As the Concerned Parents, Alumni, and Donors of Jesuit High School (Sacramento) have emphasized in their writings and presentations, Critical Race Theory is present, though usually its presence is denied. In most curricula, it operates alongside other indications of factionalizing, referred to as “intersectionality,” the concept by which such things as Christianity or identifying with one’s birth gender (“cisgender”) or being male or Caucasian are privileged or oppressive. For an example of this in use at Jesuit High School, Sacramento, please see https://www.faithnotrace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Tab-I-Jesuit-English-Homework-Example-1.pdf
, just one of many variants of the subject matter.
Mr. Rufo is a Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute, which also produced a parent primer on “woke” teachings, attached. (Link: https://media4.manhattan-institute.org/sites/default/files/woke-schooling-toolkit-for-concerned-parents.pdf.)The Concerned Parents, Donors and Alumni have produced a series of Town Halls, all now available on YouTube. The Town Halls are designed to present thoughtful parent testimonials about their children and their shock at what amounts to abuse of their young minds, their emotions, and their mental health and well-being. The Town Halls also present alumni, parents of former students, and to place all of this in a Roman Catholic pastoral and canonical context, a Canon Lawyer. Town Hall III also presents a child psychologist, a credentialed social worker and national activist, and two esteemed Catholic educators who have designed a path forward. The Town Halls all feature courageous testimony describing how wayward many schools – including many Jesuit schools – have become.
- Town Hall I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHoBtHMqBQw (parent testimonies and canon law)
- Town Hall II: https://youtu.be/ZPWm6jCmCXo (parent testimonies, information gathering, and canon law)
- Town Hall III: https://youtu.be/cjWjEcatlZ8 (child social and emotional welfare specialists, Catholic educators and new paths forward)