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MADISON — The racist, antiracism indoctrination of Wisconsin rolls on, this time through Wisconsin’s Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA).

West Salem-based CESA 4 recently promoted an educator study group on the book,  Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor.

The book, written by Layla Saad, also takes education professionals through a “guided journal to allow participants to explore white supremacy and their role in it,” according to a previous link on the CESA website.

“Participants will also discuss how these ideas relate to the classroom setting and what they might do in their context to teach others and affect change,” the offering stated.

Participants will “reflect on white privilege and their role in white supremacy … relate learning to an educational setting … (and) make a personal commitment to change.”

The study session has since been closed, according to a CESA 4 official, who noted as much in an email answering the concerns of Douglas Rogalla, chairman of the Republican Party of Monroe County.

Kehl Arnson, agency administrator of CESA 4, said he knows “this has become a sensitive topic.”

“This was not a course or class as it may have appeared, but rather an individualized book study for professionals wanting to learn more about the topic,”  Arnson wrote in a the July 7 email to Rogalla. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

The county GOP chairman said he and others raised concerns about the latest incident of controversial antiracism and critical race theory being pushed on educators and students. Rogalla said CESA 4 took the offering off its website soon after the complaints started coming in. He called it “sort of a win” for the anti-critical race theory movement.

Monroe County residents have formed a Parents Rights in Education  chapter to combat the increasing incursion of radical left ideology in their schools. The battle is being fought nationwide, with proponents of the extreme social justice curriculum now forced to defend lesson plans that teach children that discrimination is acceptable — if it’s aimed at toppling a “systemically racist” America. Antiracism is teaching children that white people are inherently racist.

Media outlets and corporations have endorsed this radical hate-based education model. Here’s what NPR wrote about Saad and her book:

Learning about the dangers of systemic racism often leads people to ask: What can I do personally to make a difference?

Layla Saad, an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman living in Qatar, came up with an impressive answer — a 28-day process that she calls a “personal anti-racism tool” designed to teach those with white privilege how systemic racism works and how they can stop contributing to white supremacy in the world.

Her book is called Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. It began a few years ago as a 28-day Instagram challenge, evolved into a free PDF digital workbook and has now become a New York Times bestseller. (It was sold out at Amazon when we recorded this interview, but Saad reported that her publisher was working to print more copies.)

Saad’s process involves defining terms like “white centering” (the belief that white culture, values and norms are the normal center of the world) and “ally cookies” (the special praise sought by some white people for not being racist). She encourages readers to keep a journal and write answers for tough questions like “What negative experiences has your white privilege protected you from throughout your life?

CESA 4 is one of 12 nonprofit Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, created in 1964 by the Wisconsin legislature. The agencies “serve educational needs in all areas of Wisconsin by enabling school districts to communicate with each other and with the Department of Public Instruction,” according to CESA 4’s website.  CESA 4 serves 26 school districts and other educational agencies in western Wisconsin.

While CESAs provide services without levying taxes and with virtually no direct state appropriations, they are funded by contracts with school districts and through federal and state grants. That money, of course, comes from taxpayers.

Rogalla said Monroe County Republicans have been effective in recruiting conservatives to run for school board seats, and many have been elected.

“We have to be ever vigilant,” he said.

 

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