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    By Ginny Bryce 
    A new curriculum approved for California’s K–12 public schools focuses on African American Studies, Chicana/o/x, and Latina/o/x Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies: However, it is geared to influence social change rather than to simply produce knowledge of these groups.
    It instructs that white Christian settlers committed “theocide” against indigenous American tribes and teaches children to participate in a pagan chant, a report said.

    Public schools are prohibited from leading Christian prayers, why, then, are they permitted to lead state-sanctioned chants to the Aztec god of human sacrifice (Chapter 5).

    It doesn’t mention that young white children are battered with “white Privilege – making them cry. White people are accused of implicit bias, but those that put together these studies are using implicit bias against white people.

    Teachers are instructed to help students “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs” and critique “white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.” thus enable pupils to participate in “social movements that struggle for social justice” and “build new possibilities for a post-racist, post-systemic racism society.”
    Teachers are instructed to lead their students in a series of indigenous songs, chants, and affirmations, including the “In Lak Ech Affirmation,” which appeals directly to the Aztec gods. Students first clap and chant to the god Tezkatlipoka (whom the Aztecs traditionally worshipped with human sacrifice and cannibalism) asking him for the power to be “warriors” for “social justice.” Next, the students chant to the gods Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, Blue Hummingbird on the Left, (the Aztec god of war and the sun and inspired hundreds of thousands of human sacrifices). and Xipe Totek, seeking “healing epistemologies1” and “a revolutionary spirit.”.

    Finally, the chant comes to a climax with a request for “liberation, transformation, [and] decolonization2,” after which students shout “Panche beh! Panche beh!” in pursuit of ultimate “critical consciousness3.”

    These chants are teaching our children to protest both the good and bad of our history. The material says it is peaceful, but if you hear the students here, the chanting does not seem peaceful. An audiovisual link of the chant is provided here (

    Chants to Aztec gods makes all students tomorrow’s protestors for social justice. Beware, a change in your child will be coming soon.

    1. Epistemologies:  what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.
    2. Decolonization: The process of deconstructing colonial ideologies of the superiority and privilege of Western thought and approaches.
    3. Critical consciousness:   is a popular education and social concept developed by Brazilian educational theorist Paulo Freire, grounded in post-Marxist critical theory. He also defines it as the ability to intervene in reality in order to change it.


    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

    Ginny Bryce was raised in Southern California, with the Pacific Ocean, orange groves, and strawberry fields in her backyard. She is a writer of short stories, a novel “Terra Feliz,” and is a retired  Enrolled Agent.

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    1 year ago

    Being a former, pubic school teacher for 30 years, I saw this insidious, creeping, socialist indoctrination make it’s way into education, decades ago. First, it was in college. Years later, in my public school employment. It was light and on the fringes, at first. But, over time, they became more bold and “in your face” with fabrications of actual history. So glad I retired early. Not all teachers are on board with this radicalization of our curriculum. Many are fearful of retaliation, if they speak out. Apparently, it’s not ok to agree to disagree, anymore. There will come a time again, very soon I hope, when level-headed parents and supportive teachers (who see through this socialist/communist takeover), fight back and say enough is enough. Oops…is it still ok to say “fight” back?

    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith
    1 year ago

    ‘George Pattone’ said, “California is doomed if this takes hold…”

    Then California has been doomed for half a century:

    “Ethnic studies is an academic field that grew out of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF), a student movement formed at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1968. TWLF wanted “a university that was more diverse, less Eurocentric and ready to prove that it valued people of color and their perspectives.” After intense strikes and protests that lasted for months, SFSU established the first-ever College of Ethnic Studies in 1969.”


    Chris Cheehan
    1 year ago

    Telling children they are inherently bad due to their culture or melanin can only be harmful

    George Pattone
    George Pattone
    1 year ago

    Evidence of progressive indoctrination…
    California is doomed if this takes hold…

    Michael A....
    Michael A....
    1 year ago
    Reply to  George Pattone

    At the very least VERY CHAOTIC.

    Last edited 1 year ago by Michael A....

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