Posted on November 16, 2021

CRT Defender Tells Parents He’s Got 1,000 Soldiers ‘Locked and Loaded’

Tyler O'Neil, Fox News, November 15, 2021

Fort Worth parents told Fox News that they felt threatened when a parent who defended critical race theory turned to the crowd during a school board meeting and said, “I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go,” before adding, “locked and loaded,” as officers escorted him out of the room.

“Absolutely, it made me feel threatened,” Hollie Plemmons, a stay-at-home mother of three, told Fox News on Sunday. “I’m scared and I’m afraid he’s going to do something.”

In the Fort Worth Independent School District board meeting on Nov. 9, Malikk Austin turned to address the parents who had spoken up about critical race theory.

“For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children,” Austin, who is African American, began. “How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this.”

“We are not our ancestors,” Austin added. “I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go.”

As people in the crowd shouted that Austin should address the school board, not the audience, he responded by referencing, “My First Amendment rights!”

When Plemmons repeatedly spoke up and offered to speak with Austin, he shot back, “But you’re not intelligent, you are not intelligent.” {snip}

After Austin’s one minute to speak had run out, officers came and escorted him out of the room. During this time, he shouted, “I’ll bring my soldiers with me next time… locked and loaded.”

Plemmons responded, asking, “Did you just threaten me?”

He repeated, “Locked and loaded.”

Plemmons told Fox News that she thought Austin’s remarks were “directed right at the three of us,” since she had already spoken that evening and mentioned critical race theory (CRT) — a framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society to discover systemic racism beneath the surface.

{snip} She claimed that the board’s decision to allow Austin to keep speaking was a “double standard” because the board supports CRT. Rather than silencing Austin during his remarks, the board allowed him to finish his one-minute speech before nodding to officers to escort him out.

“Everyone there felt threatened,” Carol Guarneri, a grandmother of four in the Fort Worth ISD, told Fox News. She claimed that Austin had attended an August school board meeting in “tactical gear” {snip}