Kendi responded that much of what parents are expressing outrage about at their local school board meetings amounts to “lies”:
The only thing that I can compare this recent wave of what is happening in our school districts, what’s happening in our schools, what’s happening in our communities, is it really reminds me of the reaction and the response to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. When, when there was widespread fear in certain schools and certain communities that “those desegregated schools … those black children would, were going to be harmful to white children,” and, and it’s similarly being cast or framed as if, you know, teaching about history, teaching about racism, you know, even teaching about slavery is going to somehow harm white children.
And then there’s the just monstrous lie that this effort to teach kids about racism is an effort to teach white children that they are inherently evil and racist. No teacher, at least no antiracist teacher, would, would be teaching, you know, that. And, and, so, I think it really pains me because, you know these lies that, that somehow we’re seeking to teach that all American institutions are evil, that, that all America is fundamentally and permanently racist, these are not positions that, that I’m articulating, that that, even Critical Race theorists are articulating, but, but, they have been contrived and, and, then sort of packaged as Critical Race Theory.