After months spent relentlessly attacking Carroll Independent Schools District in Southlake Texas for not adopting radical Critical Race Theory curriculum, Wednesday was finally the day. NBC Nightly News eagerly touted how the network’s smear campaign had been rewarded. Earlier in the day, the Biden Department of Education announced that it would be launching multiple civil rights investigations into the not-sufficiently-woke school district.
“The Texas schools in a firestorm over race. The new civil rights investigation,”At the end of the newscast, anchor Lester Holt teased. He exclaimed, “Just minutes later!” “Tonight, there’s developing news in Southlake, Texas following the in-depth reporting NBC News has done there on the issue of race and education. A new federal investigation is now underway.”
Antonia Hylton is a correspondent for NBC News who spent an entire podcast hyping Texas’ pro-CRT push. Federal intervention was welcomed by her:
Three civil rights investigations were launched by the U.S. Department of Education in Southlake Texas. The investigation focused on unspecified discrimination based racial, ethnic, or gender . NBC News had been covering the fight over education and race in the wealthy Dallas suburb for nearly a year.….Volunteers spent nearly two years creating a school diversity program. Some parents opposed the idea and launched a lawsuit ….Experts estimate that only 5-10% of such discrimination claims are officially investigated by federal authorities.
One of those experts, Association of Title IX Administrators president and lawyer Brett Sokolow, warned: “They’re going to look into it more deeply and try to figure out if there have been violations of various federal laws.”
Hylton eagerly predicted that the Biden administration could be harassing the Southlake school system “for years to come”: “The investigations could take well over a year, and if the federal government finds violations, the school district could be forced to make policy changes and could be monitored by the Department of Education for years to come.”
While NBC has been happy to spend nearly a year stoking racial tensions in a single school district, it willfully ignored multiple scandals – including two student sexual assaults – rocking the entire Loudoun County, Virginia school system, which had a major impact on the commonwealth’s closely-watched governor’s race.
Hylton was on MSNBC at 10:00 and 11:00 AM when news broke about the Southlake school investigation. Hylton appeared on MSNBC in the 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. ET hours to announce this development. Jose Diaz-Balart was the first to hear her tell it.
This is an important issue. This is a probe that will look into issues related to sexuality, gender and racial discrimination. And you know, in terms of the – to put this in context for you, you know, experts that we’ve spoken to say that this office does not open investigations just into any school district. This is a sign that they believe that there’s serious information, serious violations, Title IX violations here at this school.
Later she boasted about it to Craig Melvin, anchor of the CBS News:
After months of reporting about major racial tensions in the community, this is the latest. The town was the first to protest Critical Race Theory. This theory governs how history and racism are discussed in schools. They were one of the first towns to launch a major backlash to a diversity and inclusion plan, with many conservative parents raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and launching a lawsuit to ultimately make sure the diversity and inclusion plan didn’t move forward in this district.
Students, parents and teachers of color were trying to persuade the district not to ignore years of incidents of gender-based harassment.
The notion of a left-wing interest group – in this case NBC News – pressuring the Biden administration to abuse its power and launch federal investigations into education-related matters sounds nearly identical to the leftist National School Boards Association urging the Biden Justice Department to treat concerned parents of schoolchildren like “domestic terrorists.”
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You can find the complete transcript of November 17th’s report here Nightly News:
7.09 pm ET
LESTER HOLT: Tonight, there’s developing news in Southlake, Texas following the in-depth reporting NBC News has done there on the issue of race and education. Now, a federal investigation is underway. Antonia Hylton has details.
ANTONIA HYLTON – In Southlake Texas, the U.S. Department of Education launched three civil rights investigations into the Carroll School District for unspecified claims of discrimination based upon race, gender, or nationality. After a viral video showing students shouting the N-word, Southlake was only 2% of black.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN [SOUTHLAKE SCHOOL PARENT]: I have been informed that my son’s skin is too dark and that his nose too big means that his family doesn’t belong to the area.
HYLTON – For nearly a year, NBC News covered the conflict over race in this rich suburb of Dallas.
NIKKI OLALEYE [FMR. CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT]: They don’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a student of color at Carroll. They won’t.
HYLTON – Volunteers worked for almost two years to develop a plan for school diversity. However, some parents opposed the idea and launched a lawsuit to stop it from being implemented.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE [SOUTHLAKE SCHOOL PARENT]Southlake will never be a home to this harmful ideology.
HYLTON – Experts estimate that only 5-10% of such discrimination claims are officially investigated by the federal government.
BRETT SOKOLOW [ASSOCIATION OF TITLE IX ADMINISTRATORS PRESIDENT & LAWYER]They may indicate that something is potentially wrong. They’re going to look into it more deeply and try to figure out if there have been violations of various federal laws.
ROBIN CORNISH: I’m hopeful that with the federal government intervening that it’s a wake-up call for everyone.
HYLTON. Robin Cornish had five children go to Carroll when we met for the first time a year earlier.
CORNISH : It was terrible. It was awful. It caused them to have problems with self-esteem and self-doubt.
CORNISH: I think that they could have done way better and we wouldn’t be where we are if they had done better. In this school district, marginalized students aren’t protected.
HYLTON: The school district told NBC News that it “is fully cooperating with this process and diligently pulling all documents requested.” The investigations could take well over a year, and if the federal government finds violations, the school district could be forced to make policy changes and could be monitored by the Department of Education for years to come. Lester?
HOLT. Antonia Hylton thanks you. This podcast from NBC News, Southlake has more information.