Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 11, 2021
Popular entertainer Demi Lovato posted a video on her Instagram page showing comments critical of diversity efforts in the Carroll school district that has generated more than 2 million views.
“It is horrifying to see how some of the parents at Carroll ISD in Southlake, TX are literally FIGHTING to uphold white supremacy and are resisting the anti-racism work that is so needed. @southlakearc keep pushing for change, this work is more important than ever,” Lovato wrote.
The video is a compilation of comments from parents who attended Carroll school board meetings and who were critical of the school district’s Cultural Competence Action Plan and its diversity efforts.
The video is from the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition, a group of current and former students upset about the ongoing racial tension in the district.
Since August, school board meetings included many hours of comments from parents opposed to the proposed diversity plan or the use of terms such as “decentering whiteness” and “microaggressions”.
Microaggressions, whether intentional or unintentional, often communicate hostile or derogatory messages.
Other comments called out the district for failing to move forward with its diversity plan.
Last year, the school board put plans on hold to discuss going forward with the cultural competence plan until the new superintendent is on board.
Ledbetter, who spoke during Monday’s school board meeting, said the controversy over the cultural competence plan was not going to be resolved on social media.