From Laurie Higgins:
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) educational arm Teaching Tolerance created yet another school event intended in part to normalize homosexuality and gender confusion. The SPLC claims that 2,800 schools across the country participated in this event, which is called Mix It Up Day.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the SPLC claims that Mix It Up Day “makes no explicit mention of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.” That’s a very peculiar claim to make in light of these activities listed on the Teaching Tolerance website for Mix It Up Day:
1. Allies: A Discussion Activity Mix It Up Day
Level: Grades 1 to 2, Grades 3 to 5
Ask students to think of times when they witnessed some kind of oppression. This might be someone ignoring a child who is waiting to be served in favor of an adult (adultism)…[or] one student calling another a “faggot” or a “lezzie” (homophobia).
From there, engage students in role-plays or discussion about how they can interrupt bullying or other oppressive behaviors, using…provided examples: You’re on the playground and one of your friends tells you not to invite Marcus to be in the game because he’s a “homo.” What do you do?