Posted on February 1, 2024

Calif. School District Sued over Racially Segregated ‘Playdate’ for Elementary Schoolers

Kristina Watrobski, CITC, January 25, 2024

The Oakland Unified School District in California is being sued over a back-to-school event that was allegedly only made available to “Black, Brown and API [Asian/Pacific Islander]” students.

The “playdate social” was hosted by the district’s Chabot Elementary School in August, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday by legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The event was allegedly held by the school’s “equity & inclusion committee.”

Oakland Unified Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said at the time the “playdate” was meant to “create an affinity space where Black, Brown, and API families can build and sustain connection,” according to the lawsuit. The superintendent allegedly also noted that Chabot Elementary hosted the event due to more than half of its student population “identifying as students of color.”

Through the lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking to obtain all records regarding “planning or preparation” of the “playdate social.” The group claims Oakland Unified has failed to respond to a public records request it filed in September.

Judicial Watch is also demanding any district policies or guidelines pertaining to “race-selective” or “race-specific” events.

“This Oakland school segregated ‘playdate’ shows how the extremist Left is embracing anti-white segregation in our schools,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement Thursday. {snip}