NYC School Gives 5-Year-Olds ‘Trans-Affirming’ Coloring Books

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A New York City elementary school has drawn criticism for distributing a Black Lives Matter coloring book to children as young as 5, containing lessons on “queer and transgender affirming” concepts and revolutionary politics, as per a report.

Students at PS 321 in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, serving children from kindergarten to fifth grade, received the “What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book” last week as part of a Black History Month lesson, the Free Press reported.

The coloring book, centered on the 13 “guiding principles” of the BLM movement, employs illustrations and worksheets to convey its message.

It explicitly states under the “trans-affirming” principle that “we know that cisgender (not trans) people in our society have privilege, and we want to uplift trans people, especially black trans women who often experience violence.”

The book outlines several national demands of the BLM movement, advocating to “fund counselors not cops” and “mandate black history & ethnic studies.” However, some parents objected, arguing that the coloring book failed to educate their children about black history and instead presented contentious viewpoints as indisputable facts.

“It’s not necessarily true. It’s not like every black person believes in these principles,” remarked a mother of a fourth-grade student to the Free Press.