5.9k Share this
MSNBC host Joy Reid may be hit with a lawsuit after she suggested a black former NFL star was perpetrating ‘child abuse’ by letting his after-school club attend the signing of an anti-critical race theory bill in Florida.
Jack Brewer has demanded Reid apologize for a remark she made on Twitter last week alleging his club’s ‘mis-use of Black boys is tantamount to child abuse’ or else he will sue her for defamation.
‘She has completely humiliated my kids and my program,’ the former football player told The Washington Examiner Monday. ‘It’s just so hurtful, and she needs to be held accountable. She does it so often. And you know, her words and the way that she comes across to black America leaves a stain on all of us. … I won’t put up with it when it comes to my kids.’
Brewer told the newspaper he plans to send Reid a letter requesting an apology and if she fails to provide one within 24 hours will pursue legal action.
His legal team is still finalizing details pertaining to the suit, including specifics regarding damages.
Reid retweeted the photograph, slamming Brewer’s American Heroes program for allowing the children to attend the event
MSNBC host Joy Reid said allowing children participating in an after-school club to attend the signing of an anti-critical race theory bill in Florida is ‘tantamount to child abuse’. The kids are pictured at Gov. DeSantis’ Stop WOKE Bill signing on Friday, April 22
Former NFL star Jack Brewer (left) is demanding that Joy Reid (left) apologize for her remarks or else he will file a defamation suit against her
Children from the Jack Brewer Foundation’s after-school club were photographed last Friday holding up signs in opposition to CRT as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s Stop WOKE Act into law.
The legislation bars schools and private businesses from making students or employees feel ‘guilt’ or ‘any form of psychological stress’ because of their national origin, sex or race.
Reid retweeted the photograph, slamming Brewer’s American Heroes program for allowing the children to attend the event.
‘This mis-use of Black boys is tantamount to child abuse. I would really like to hear the back-story on who these kids were and how they wound up at a DeSantis event. Given how anti-Black DeSantis is, using Black children this way is extra sick,’ she wrote.
Brewer, who publicly opposes CRT, explained the mission of the American Heroes program is to promote Christian leadership among youth and offer academic mentorship.
He also noted that parents with children enrolled in his program were provided resources that outline concerns surrounding CRT.
‘I’m a vocal advocate against CRT — anything that teaches kids anti-Christ rhetoric and teaches kids to hate and to see each other based on the color of their skin,’ he said. ‘I have students in my program who have gone to school and been told that they can’t accomplish something because of the color of [their] skin.’
Similarly, family members of children who attended the event argue that Reid displayed ‘hate and resentment and bitterness toward people that she knows nothing about.’
‘I mean, she’s painting these kids like they’re just little black boys that don’t know anything and could be exploited, like they don’t even have their own minds,’ Jane Halbritter, whose two nephews were in the photograph, told The Washington Examiner. ‘And I don’t see her doing it with white kids.’
‘She doesn’t know the love we have for these kids, and to assume that we would send them into a situation that they were not equipped to deal with or understood in an age-appropriate fashion,’ she added.
‘That’s just so monumentally insulting, but it also put them at risk because now they’re this poster child for this and kind of at the center of the storm. It’s terrible. It’s really a sad thing.’
Halbritter said her nephews, ages 9 and 14, were invited to Friday’s signing after having attended another DeSantis bill signing earlier this month.
She claims, in both instances, they were invited to the event due to their participation in the American Heroes Program.
DeSantis banned CRT as a component in Florida schools, claiming it promotes hatred among students and makes individuals feel guilty for racism of the past. He is pictured Friday after signing the Stop WOKE Bill
DeSantis banned CRT as a component in Florida schools, claiming it promotes hatred among students and makes individuals feel guilty for racism of the past.
‘We believe an important component of freedom in the state of Florida is the freedom from having oppressive ideologies imposed upon you without your consent,’ DeSantis said at the bill’s signing, WFTS reported.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.
‘Whether it be in the classroom or in the workplace. And we decided to do something about it.’
House Bill 7, also known as the Stop WOKE Bill, specifically outlaws teachings that assert certain individuals are ‘inherently racist [or] sexist] – or ‘morally superior’ – or that characterize individuals’ status as ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their race, sex or national origin.’
‘What we will not allow is to be taught that members of one race, color, national origin or sex are somehow morally superior,’ the governor said on Friday. ‘We are not gonna allow teaching that a person simply by virtue of his/her race, color, national origin or sex is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, that’s wrong.’
Under the legislation, which goes into effect on July 1, teachers are allowed to address topics of sexism, racism, slavery, and racial segregation but are not permitted to persuade students to a particular point of view.
‘We are not gonna use your tax dollars to teach our kids to hate this country or to hate each other,’ DeSantis said.
Florida Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr., who pushed the bill through the senate, said the bill was not meant to cover up America’s history with racism, but to not blame students for past wrongs.
‘It’s not about the feel. We can’t control how a person feels about a topic,’ Diaz told the Washington Post. ‘But what we can control is to have a teacher not go to a student … and impose on a male student that they are sexist simply because they are a considered a male.’
In March, the state also passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans teaching gender ideology for children at elementary schools.
It will become law from July 1, and teachers who breach its regulations can be sued by parents.
Critics, however, say it teaches young kids to believe they are wrong for being different and that forcing schools to report students who are receiving mental health services is taking away a safe space for those students to be themselves.
Even the White House weighed in on what has become the latest culture wars clash, with press secretary Jen Psaki claiming last week it was ‘hateful’ and ‘misinformed’.