A fed-up mother gave Texas lawmakers a tongue-lashing over Critical Race Theory (CRT), social and emotional learning, and gender ideologies she says her kids have been indoctrinated with.
“I do not want my child to be taught that just because she is black and a woman she ain’t gonna make it,” Gabrielle Clark told the Texas House during a public education hearing in June. “I do not want my daughter to be taught that she needs to express herself sexually in her classroom.”
Clark moved to Texas in January, hoping to get away from the woke ideology her children experience in Nevada. While there, she file suit against her son’s Nevada school in December 2020, alleging that a class teaching CRT tenets violated his constitutional rights when he was silenced for simply asserting that anyone can be racist.
“I wasn’t going to let my son be alone in standing against it when he did. He said that anybody can be racist,” Clark told Fox News Digital this month. “And anybody can be racist. And I don’t care what the woke say about that. Racism is being prejudiced of race, not power plus privilege or whatever – whatever parallel language messaging they’re using to describe racism now.”
Clark also wanted to “save” her daughter from radical gender ideology, hoping to surround her with adults grounded in “reality.”
“I couldn’t trust the school to tell me the truth. I couldn’t trust and know that they were going to lie to me,” Clark lamented. “Any dissent about this ideology that it would be met with hostility, as far as I’m concerned.”
The mother-of-two’s criticism is particularly powerful as she belongs to multiple ‘oppressed’ categories that woke idealogues profess to stand for. “I’m an atheist, bisexual, bi-racial, homeless person…,” she told lawmakers, offering context to her remarks.
Clark advocates a return to common sense, believing that the radical theories should be debated in higher education, and in an age-appropriate manner, not in K-12 classrooms.
In the June meeting, Clark threatened a class-action lawsuit if her children continue receive objectionable instruction, vowing to rally parents with all the fight she can muster.
“If my daughter is taught CRT at all, I will sue you. If my daughter is taught [social and emotional learning] at all I will sue you. I am encouraging every parent I know to sue you; to sue every teacher, every principal, every system, everybody up the chain… because we’re tired of y’all.
“I swear to you, I promise you I will turn this into a class action lawsuit ambulance-chasing business.”
Clark also offered a parting shot to lawmakers, this one taking aim at gender-inclusive language: “I’m a mother, not a birthing person. I earned that right with my cellulite and my stretch marks. You’re not gonna do this to us. We will fight you every single day from now on.”
In her remarks to Fox News, Clark emphasized that CRT is putting children in a “lifelong state of victimhood.” She denounced the idea of creating a victim-minded framework for children based on where they fall on a theoretical “oppression privilege matrix.”
She also called for legal action against any school that allows inappropriate, pornographic books in their libraries, such as “Gender Queer” and “Flamer.” Clark argues that “bureaucratic steps” shouldn’t be necessary to remove what would clearly be arrest-worthy if shown by an adult to a child in public.
“What we should be doing is saying, hey, look, this is pornography in the library. You got ten days to take it out or the sheriff is going to come and get you,” she said.