District of Columbia Public Schools have begun hosting what are known as “affinity groups,” gatherings of people with common interests, in an effort to combat racism and intolerance in the DC school community.
The DCPS website describes the affinity groups as “gathering opportunities for people who share a common identity. This space will be organized based on the racial identities represented in the Central Office as we aim to lean into the Courageous Conversation condition of isolating race.” The program was started in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020.
Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group that works to file Freedom of Information Act requests to combat progressive agendas, is accusing DC Public Schools of violating federal law by hosting what it says are “racially segregated” group gatherings.
Judicial Watch published information it obtained from the FOIA requests that showed the form to join an affinity group calls for staff to check a box indicating their race. The form also asks staff to check a box if they are interested in the formation of affinity groups for LGBTQIA+ individuals and interests, and even breaks the groups down further into “BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) LGBTQIA+” and “White LGBTQIA+.”
In a memo, DCPS lists one goal of the affinity group program is to “Create Cross-Racial Learning Opportunities: CO affinity spaces will come together in one space for interracial dialogue and learning led by a respective affinity group every other month.”
“These shocking documents show, in evident violation of the Constitution and civil rights laws, that the public school system of our nation’s capital pushed blatant racial segregation among its staff based on radical, divisive CRT principles,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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