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A legal team in the Midwest that dedicates itself to pursuing pro-freedom litigation – protecting Americans from unconstitutional actions – is assembling a campaign to push back against the imposition of the radical Marxist theories in Critical Race Theory.
The Upper Midwest Law Center has revealed it is taking legal action – filing complaints and even lawsuits – on behalf of a number of clients facing discrimination for their criticism of, or objections to, the radical leftist ideology.
One client, Tara Gustilo, explained, “I shouldn’t be demoted or retaliated against because I don’t agree with the racially divisive and demeaning CRT ideology.”
“Is she wrong? Our clients believe we are all human and we are all important – all are created equal,” the law center’s report explained. “They believe no one should be told they are irredeemable. Our clients believe that not being judged by race or ethnicity is a right, not a privilege. They believe all have the right and responsibility to understand and critically assess history and culture and that no one should ever have advantages or detriments based on race.”
But, the legal team’s report online confirmed, “Shockingly, the Critical Race Theory message in 2021 to students and employees in Minnesota public schools, state agencies, public hospitals and many private schools and business corporations is the opposite. Students and employees are being told that white people are ‘oppressors’ who benefit from systemic racism, that blacks are ‘oppressed’ by whites who are intrinsically racist whatever they do, and that other groups are ‘white-adjacent’ junior oppressors unless they join the attack on whites.
“The practical consequences of this CRT, BLM or 1619 Project ideology (all with Marxist origins) include the familiar hallmarks of racial discrimination from the Civil Rights Era: race-based discrimination and favoritism, bullying of critics, name-calling and retaliation. Whites are a target of course, but CRT is rejected by many of all races who see it as bad for everyone and as denying minorities’ ability to take charge of their lives,” the team wrote.
The clients include Gustilo, a Filipino-American doctor at Hennepin Healthcare System, Joe and Aaron Norgren, native-American father and mixed-race son employees at DHS, and Bob and Cynthia Cajune, native-American and white parents of multi-racial children at Lakeville Public Schools.
Doug Seaton, president of UMLC, said: “Our clients are bravely confronting CRT-inspired bullying, indoctrination and retaliation, which is not ‘training’ or persuasion. They have been insulted, lied about, threatened, demoted and fired, simply for refusing to submit to this ideology. But the U.S. Constitution, the federal Civil Rights laws, and their Minnesota counterparts don’t permit this race-based discrimination, retaliation, compelled speech, and invasion of privacy.”
The courts must rule on the abuses, the legal team said, because “our laws are not self-enforcing and many politicians, employers and institutional ‘leaders’ are either afraid or too “woke” themselves to follow the law.”
The campaign already includes EEOC charges and state and federal lawsuits on behalf of Gustilo, the Norgrens, and others.
“Our clients seek an end to the ‘official’ propagandizing of CRT and the bullying and retaliation which accompany it, and appropriate remedies for the harm caused to them and others. UMLC will pursue these charges and lawsuits until we can achieve justice for them and a vindication of the American principle reaffirmed by Martin Luther King, Jr., of judging people by the ‘content of their character,’ not the color of their skin, or their willingness to submit to CRT ideology,” the legal team said.
Bob Cajune explained, “Black Lives Matter, of course, but so do all other human lives. Posting ‘BLM’ signs and disallowing ‘All Lives Matter’ signs is political speech or viewpoint discrimination. Discriminating against or demeaning any race is not neutral and is wrong.”
The arguments cite the statement, clear in his intent, from CRT promoter Ibram X. Kendi, who said, “The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
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