LA Teacher’s Union Under Fire For Effort To Racially Classify Critics

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is under fire after Maryam Qudrat, a mother of Middle Eastern descent, was asked by the UTLA to identify her race after criticizing the union’s opposition to reopening schools despite overwhelming science that it is safe. The response of the UTLA was evasive to the point of incomprehension. However, the controversy is fueled by recent efforts to portray parents demanding a return to school as racist or examples of white privilege, including recent controversial comments from the UTLA President.

Qudrat was contacted by the UTLA after she spoke out against the opposition to resuming classes in Los Angeles. She has a seventh-grade child and has been calling for the union to follow the science. Instead, they contracted her with an email from a union research who noted that she has been quoted twice by the LA Times in eight months and the union wants to know her race. The email notes that her name sounds Iranian but the researcher does not want to assume her race with a “legitimate method.”

The concern however is why the union is trying to racially classify critics. The fact that Qudrat was quoted twice in the LA Times would not yield any broader demographic information on the range of parents who want their kids back in school. Instead, the email is intimidating when opposition to the closings is being used by some to claim racism. That issue arose recently with the public statements of UTLA President:

“Some voices are being allowed to speak louder than others. We have to call out the privilege behind the largely White wealthy parents driving the push for a rushed return. Their experience of this pandemic is not our students’ families’ experiences.”


Myart-Cruz has also criticized “Middle Eastern” parents in joining “white parents” in seeking school re-openings.

In response to the latest controversy, UTLA issues this statement:

“The email in question is from a UTLA researcher who was attempting to ascertain the race of individuals quoted in order to assess whether or not that is a factor we could evaluate. This outreach by the researcher was not authorized and nothing from that outreach is contained in the report. We understand this type of email could be taken out of context.”

What exactly does that mean? The researcher was working for UTLA “to ascertain the race of individual quoted in order to assess whether or not this is a fact we could evaluate.” Read that over a couple of times.  “Assess whether . . . we could evaluate”? Moreover, what are you evaluating? This sounds more like opposition research. What would it matter is the small number of people quoted in a newspaper have a particular ethnic background? It would not establish the make up of families holding that position. While the union says “we understand this type of email could be taken out of context,” it does not explain the context or purpose. It does not deny that it was researching the race of anyone who opposes the union effort to keep the schools closed.

In reality, there are many minority parents who have spoken out about the need to re-open and the science is clear on the issue. Indeed, it was clear when the Trump Administration was pushing for re-opening last year despite ads calling such efforts “attempted murder” before the election.

Obviously, the claims of racism from the UTLA will chill other parents from speaking out. Indeed, we recently discussed a leading researcher who stopped his work on Covid-19 due to threats and harassment for showing minimal risk from school openings. That is the “context” that many of us are concerned about when reading this email.

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  2. Why would it matter that a “small number of people quoted in a newspaper have a particular ethnic background?”

    It matters to race-baiters like Myart-Cruz, because they are tribalists. And they’re hoping that the vicious smear — “You’re a racist” — will cow detractors into submission.

    If you want a racial civil war, you start by balkanizing people into ethnic tribes. Whether such a war is their intent or not, it is the inevitable result.

  3. ‘Folks, you don’t get it.

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    Once they have your elections, they have EVERYTHING. You can’t elect legislators to change it back and you can’t even elect good judges so you can sue them for bad policy.

    You don’t EVER come back from something like H.R. 1.’

    ~Amber Krabach for WA

    1. ‘Every single American should be OUTRAGED by this:

      Democrats just voted to ban voter ID nationwide and force every state to permanently expand mail-in voting.’

      ~Rep. Steve Scalise

      1. ‘We just had an election that was not seen as credible by much of the public, followed by an assault on the capitol for the same reason, and Congress responds by making the election process LESS credible for next time.’

        ~Scott Adams

        1. Scott, the only people who did not think the last election was credible were the people gullible enough to listen to the lies and attempted cheating of the loser. No one else thought that, including every judge who looked at it, people of good faith and objective intent on both sides of the election. . Ask yourself why, and note that this sorry loser is the first person in our history who sought to break our important tradition of peaceful transfer of power, which is critical in a democracy, and didn’t have the guts to show up at the inaugural.. That’s the kind of man you chose as your leader.

          1. Stacey Abrams did not think the Georgia Gubernatorial elections were valid. Hilary had even said Biden should he lose never concede to Trump.
            Many more elections have had doubts. It should be bi partisan to ensure the credibility of elections beyond any doubt. An ID is not voter suppression, no ID is an invite for fraud. Absentee ballots have proven to be a good system for voting, general mailing of ballots is another invitation for fraud.

          2. H.R. 1 is a license to steal elections. Just some provisions:

            – Unlimited “ballot harvesting”
            – Registration of minors
            – Restricting photo ID’
            – Fed. control of district maps
            – Gift cards for political donations
            – Accepting ballots 10 days after election

          3. “House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act,” on Wednesday. The bill would radically change American democracy, nationalizing elections and making permanent changes to voting rules that would virtually ensure Democrats never lose another election.

            The bill is 791 pages long — a massive piece of legislation, adopted with little examination or debate. Some provisions — like expanding access for voters with disabilities, improving election security, and ensuring that all voting machines use in U.S. elections are also manufactured in the U.S. — are uncontroversial. Others are potentially explosive.

            Here are 37 key points:………”


        2. The American presidential election was far more egregiously corrupted than that of Myanmar where the patriotic military finally had had enough; something akin to the patriotic acts of George Washington et al.

      2. Thanks Steve, but I’m very hopeful for HR1. You should be too, because if the GOP has to face all kinds of Americans at the polls – including the groups of voters they’re doubling down on suppressing – they’ll have to face the fact most Americans don’t like what they are doing. We’ll also end gerrymandering by both parties.

        1. After promising to reopen schools, Biden’s COVID relief bill instead gives federal employees *15 weeks* paid leave if their kids’ schools are closed.

          Why is no one talking about this? This is the epitome of cronyism.

        2. “they’ll have to face the fact most Americans don’t like what they are doing.”

          You should be very careful about what you wish for.

    2. Amber Krabach for WA,

      You don’t get it.

      The American Founders did.

      “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government,

      and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

      – Declaration of Independence, 1776

      “[We gave you] a republic, if you can keep it.”

      – Ben Franklin, 1787

      “[We gave you] a republic, if you can [take it back].”

      – Ben Franklin, [2021]

  4. ‘The Q shaman makes a reasonable argument when he says that being waved into the Capitol by police officers and then escorted around the premises created the impression that entering the building was not unlawful’

    wny is the media driving a Q narrative when Q is not nearly as big a ‘thing’ as the media is making it out to be? why drive this narrative?


    1. Big tech is the Democrat Party’s censorship enforcement wing.

      YouTube deletes all videos of President Trump’s CPAC speech, suspends RSBN for two weeks.

  5. In virtually any topic in which you criticize a Democrat, you will be asked your race and gender. The left believes virtue and true resides in skin color, and along victimhood gradients. Everyone can be categorized based on victim or oppressor.

    They live in the most free country on Earth, yet they fantasize that every interaction is a system of domination and oppression. Disagree, and they may try to ruin your life.

    It’s all very racist and totalitarian.

    Ironically, Democrats claim conservatives are Fascists and racists, but it is the Left who exhibit an undeniable trend to judge everyone based on race and gender. It is the Left who want the freedom to state their own opinions, but the right to deny everyone else the same right. The trend is that they don’t just want everyone to tolerate their choices, but to loudly proclaim they agree with them. ALL of them.

    Every time I hear someone say phrases like “center indigenous or minority voices,” “victim intersectionality”, “white supremacy”, “institutional racism”, or anything with transgender in it, I know that not one single original thought will follow.

  6. Great article at “wealth and poverty center” titled “Critical Race Fragility” By Christopher Rufo March 4, 2021 from first paragraph—— “The critical race theorists are feeling the heat. Over the past decade, they have had remarkable success in perpetuating the concepts of systemic racism, unconscious bias, white privilege, and white fragility in American institutions, beginning with universities and moving on to schools, government agencies, and multinational corporations.”

    1. Freedom of speech, thought, religion, belief, press, promulgation, assembly, segregation, and every other conceivable natural and God-given right and freedom per the 9th Amendment, without variance,

      provide for the immutable freedom to hold opinions on race and to be, or not to be, racist or, otherwise, subscribe to or engage in racism.

      That is not in question or, otherwise, doubted.

      Laws may preclude abuse, assault, battery, mayhem, property damage, bodily injury, stalking, harassment or similarly deleterious acts against particular individuals.

      No law may be written denying the constitutional right to racism.

      No law may favor particular individuals, or deny the right to claim and exercise absolute dominion over private property and organizations.

      No law may favor particular individuals or groups, or deny constitutional rights to managers, employees, agents or contractors of public property and public organizations.

      People must adapt to the outcomes of freedom.

      Freedom does not adapt to people, dictatorship does.


    UPDATE: Four Months After the 2020 Election in Georgia, Over 400,000 Absentee Ballots are Missing Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation, Yet Biden Was Given the State by 12,000 Votes

    Georgia still hasn’t come up with over 400,00o legally required chain of custody documents for predominantly Joe Biden ballots in the 2020 election. But they had no problem claiming Biden won the election by 10,000 votes.

    We reported a couple of months ago that the state of Georgia certified their 2020 Presidential election results despite not have chain of custody documentation for 460,000 ballots in the election no doubt heavily favoring Joe Biden. These legally required documents were of no concern to corrupt Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who gave the election to Joe Biden with only a 10,000 vote lead.

    – Joe Hoft

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