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With the Tulsa Public School board district 7 seat open, one candidate hopes to charm voters with his extreme right-wing beliefs. Former District Attorney Tim Harris is running for the spot with a platform filled with hateful rhetoric.
Linking Hillary Clinton with Saul Alinsky and anti-capitalism sentiment, Mr. Harris appeared disgusted with a book that included gay marriage. “Those kinds of topics are not appropriate,” he stated plainly in a message to voters.
He continued by referring to the innocent victims of law enforcement shootings, saying, “they call it ‘police brutality’ and it’s not appropriate to teach to fifth graders.” Meanwhile, of the over 100 young people killed by police violence since 2015, 23 were under 15-years-old. Tamir Rice was just 12-years-old when he was killed by a police officer; Adam Toledo was 13.
Candidate wants personal beliefs to shape school curriculum
While Mr. Harris concerns himself with socialism and gay marriage, he also takes issue with Critical Race Theory in Tulsa Public Schools. Critical Race Theory, or CRT, is not part of TPS curriculum, and Mr. Harris, who is White, wants to keep it that way.
Mr. Harris is also an emphatic proponent of Christianity, noting that “what we believe is the word of God,” without making mention of who he means by “we.” He followed by stating that “Church and parents are afraid of talking about hot-button issues.”
“I’ve been praying about this,” he continued, at a public forum for school board candidates, discussing TPS’ K-12 curriculum, conveniently ignoring the separation of church and state in public institutions that accept federal dollars, such as TPS. He finished his diatribe with “God bless each and every one of you,” erroneously assuming every participant and viewer is Christian.
Meanwhile, Mr. Harris is not without his supporters. He has at least one endorsement from the Tulsa Beacon, a reliably conservative journal with an evangelical Christian slant.
The Tulsa Public School district school board primary election is on February 8.