A “reporter” (I use the word loosely) for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas somehow got Gabriel Gipe (above), an advanced placement teacher at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, California, to blather on happily about how he was indoctrinating his students in Marxist ideology and was proud of it. All of this was recorded, as is Project Veritas’s way. Gipe said, in part,
“I have 180 days to turn them [students] into revolutionaries…Scare the f*ck out of them… I’m probably as far left as you can go….I post a calendar every week…I’ve had students show up for protests, community events, tabling, food distribution, all sorts of things…When they go, they take pictures, write up a reflection — that’s their extra credit…So, they [students] take an ideology quiz and I put [the results] on the [classroom] wall. Every year, they get further and further left…I’m like, ‘These ideologies are considered extreme, right? Extreme times breed extreme ideologies.’ Right? There is a reason why Generation Z, these kids, are becoming further and further left…I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall and a student complained about that — he said it made him feel uncomfortable. Well, this [Antifa flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable, so if you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe you shouldn’t be aligning with the values that this [Antifa flag] is antithetical to…Like, why aren’t people just taking up arms? Like why can’t we, you know — take up arms against the state? We have historical examples of that happening, and them getting crushed and being martyrs for a cause and it’s like — okay well, it’s slow going because it takes a massive amount of organization…I think that for [left-wing] movements in the United States, we need to be able to attack both [cultural and economic] fronts. Right? We need to create parallel structures of power because we cannot rely on the state…Consistently focusing on education and a change of cultural propaganda. We have to hit both fronts. We have to convince people that this is what we actually need…There are three other teachers in my department that I did my credential program with — and they’re rad. They’re great people. They’re definitely on the same page.”
Astoundingly, this appears to be genuine. What would ever move a teacher to say all this to a stranger? (His antifa pals are reportedly furious with him.) Gipe must have a professional death wish. The video was posted on August 31, and now he is suspended and almost certain to be fired. Good. But the episode raises other issues.
1 Project Vertitas, O’Keefe and everyone who works with him are unethical, and therefore untrustworthy. That does not mean that the information O’Keefe and his henchmen sometimes uncover isn’t valuable or that it should be ignored. Since everything reminds me of a movie these days, think of the 1997 film “Absolute Power,” where Clint Eastwood plays a burglar who mid-heist witnesses the President of the United States beating a woman and having her shot to death by the Secret Service. That the information was obtained though unethical means doesn’t make it less important for the public to be informed about it. Remember, though, O’Keefe isn’t interested in the truth, he’s interested in gotcha’s that expose the political Left, and only the Left. That he has the same lack of ethics as more traditional reporters today doesn’t make what he does any less objectionable. He believes that the ends justifies the means, and while this scoop is legitimate, O’Keefe is fully capable of manufacturing evidence to advance his ideological agenda.
2. As for Gipe, I very much doubt that he is unique among public school teachers. He would fit right in with many college faculties. The video should be shown at school board meetings across the country, and prompt serious attention to who is hired to teach our children. Those who mock claims that teachers engage in political, social and ideological indoctrination can now place paper bags over their heads. If this kind of think has been going on for generations, and I think there is a rebuttable presumption that it has, the apathy and inattention of the public and its representatives is unforgivable.
3. The school issued this detailed letter yesterday, including a series of explanations why Gipe’s betrayal of the public trust wasn’t discovered earlier. Nope, sorry, not nearly good enough. They hired this guy. He was teaching students in their school, and apparently so confident that nobody was paying attention that he engaged in head-exploding stuff like this:
“[Gipe] purchased a series of rubber stamps. These stamps include an inappropriate image of Josef Stalin with an insensitive phrase, as well as other stamps with Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Un and others. These were purchased shortly before the pandemic and their use was likely initially limited due to Distance Learning. The district’s investigation did discover that at least during the 13 days of this school year, he was using those stamps to mark student work as complete.”
Gipe is on paid leave on the way to being sacked, as should every administrator at the school and the school board. Something like this should carry strict liability.
4. Where were the parents? My parents daily asked my sister and I what we studied in school. My wife and I did the same with Grant—that’s why we pulled him out of four schools—one public, two private, and a religious school. We took the time to find out what he was being taught and how. That was our duty and our job.
“I’m outraged. Of course, I’m furious about this,”a parent said at the school meeting about Gipe. “As you guys sit up there behind your bureaucracy – I blame the leadership from the top down.”
And I blame YOU.
“It’s important for us to be able to trust the school system, to trust our teachers to be teaching them the curriculum,” another parent, Dena Burgess said.
Really? These are your children. What do you know about these administrators that justifies your trust? Anything? What do you know about the teachers? Have you been paying any attention to what has been going on in the schools at all?
We have allowed an army of Gabriel Gipes to undermine our rising generations’ belief in core American principles, and now we can only hope that it is not too late to reverse the damage.