Maine Democrat Mills’ Education Dept. Refuses to Remove Video Calling ‘MAGA’ Covert Racism, White Supremacy

Maine Democrat Mills’ Education Dept. Refuses to Remove Video Calling ‘MAGA’ Covert Racism, White Supremacy

The Maine Department of Education has doubled down on allowing one of its taxpayer-funded online learning programs to instruct high school students that the term “MAGA” is an example of covert racism and white supremacy.

The department, under the leadership of Gov. Janet Mills (D), refused to remove or condemn the controversial video content uncovered Wednesday by Breitbart News, according to a response from the department published Friday in the Bangor Daily News.

“Pushed about whether state officials had endorsed the content of the video or reviewed it before it was included in the module, [Education Department spokesman Marcus] Mrowka said it is parents, teachers, community members and school boards who decide what is taught in the classroom, not the department,” the Bangor Daily News reported.

The Education Department’s Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education (MOOSE), funded by President Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” and approved by the federal government, offers a number of online modules to students.

The module in question, a publicly available lesson geared toward high schoolers on what makes communities “welcoming and inclusive,” featured a video on slide 19 describing “MAGA,” “All Lives Matter,” “colorblindness,” and dozens more mainstream and ideological terms and concepts as examples of “covert racism and white supremacy.”

A screenshot from the video is below:

covert racism slide

(Maine Department of Education/screenshot)

The video within the module was created by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.

Mrowka noted to the Bangor Daily News the fact that the Education Department did not create the video in the module and that students are not required to watch it in classrooms.

“MAGA” was the slogan of former President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign. More than 60 million Americans voted for Trump in 2016, including more than 360,000 Mainers, which is 44 percent of those who voted in the state that year.

The Maine GOP called the discovery that the Mills administration was teaching that “MAGA” is covert racism and white supremacy a “truly shocking development about Maine’s ultra-progressive governor” amid Mills running in a tight reelection race against former Gov. Paul LePage (R).

AUGUSTA, ME - FEB 16: Former Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife Ann and former Congressman Bruce Poliquin, walks to the State House to submit signatures to the Secretary of State to qualify and have his name placed on the 2022 ballot. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Former Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife Ann and former Rep. Bruce Poliquin, walks to the State House to submit signatures to qualify for the 2022 ballot. (Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) also chastised Mills for the “woke curriculum … that teaches kids that they are inherently racist for the beliefs they or their parents support.”

Mrowka dismissed the outrage over the lesson as mere campaign “attacks,” telling the Bangor Daily News, “​​The Department of Education will continue to empower teachers, parents and elected school boards to make their own decisions about public education in Maine, despite attacks like these.”

The Education Department’s approach to the slide conflicts with the department’s approach to the last controversial lesson discovered within MOOSE’s learning modules.

That MOOSE module, uncovered in May and geared toward kindergartens, contained content about transgenderism and gay relationships and was promptly removed once news broke of its existence.

A Mills spokesperson told the Portland Press Herald at the time, “The governor was not aware of the lesson, but she understands the concerns expressed about the age appropriateness, and agrees with the Department of Education’s decision to remove the lesson.”

Breitbart News reached out to the Education Department and Mills’ office multiple times for comment on the new module and the department’s refusal to remove the module video but received no response.

“Janet Mills thinks people who supported the Republican nominee for President in 2016 and 2020 are racists,” RGA spokesman Will Reinert said in a statement. “This is the second time we’ve seen the Millis [sic] administration push a woke curriculum on students and voters won’t forget she’s more loyal to the most extreme wing of her party than mainstream Mainers.”

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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Maine’s Education Department Calls ‘MAGA,’ ‘Colorblindness,’ And ‘Columbus Day’ Forms Of Covert Racism

Maine’s Education Department Calls ‘MAGA,’ ‘Colorblindness,’ And ‘Columbus Day’ Forms Of Covert Racism

The Education Department of Maine’s Democrat Gov. Janet Mills is referring to the slogan “Make America Great Again” (MAGA), as a form of covert racism, according to a new report.

In an instructional webinar video for students and teachers discovered by Breitbart News, a slideshow presentation titled “Racism is a Virus” lists out several terms, phrases, and actions that individuals should associate with racism and white supremacy. In addition to “MAGA,” the phrase made famous by former President Donald Trump and his supporters, the slideshow lists “Calling the police on black people,” “All Lives Matter,” “anti-immigration policies,” “paternalism,” “meritocracy myth,” “colorblindness,” and “Columbus Day” as a few of the examples of racism.

“The video comes as part of a slideshow, or ‘module,’ recommended by the state Education Department’s Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education (MOOSE) for high school-aged students,” the Breitbart report reads. “Slide 15 of the module offers resources for students, which include only a few links, two of them being to Black Lives Matter’s and GLAAD’s websites.”

The report later goes on to reveal a separate MOOSE module geared towards high schoolers that includes an instructional video called “Root Cause,” which “teaches about ‘power, privilege, and oppression.’”

“You could be talking about how white people have power over people of color, and it’s important to know that this is a system set up intentionally to deny people equal access to opportunities,” instructor and Portland Public Schools employee Andrea Levinsky says in the “Root Cause” video. “I also wanted to add that you don’t need all of the privileged identities to have privilege. So, for example, I’m white, so I have white privilege, but I’m also a woman, so I don’t experience privilege with being a woman.”

As noted by Breitbart, MOOSE “offers numerous modules as part of [Mills’] taxpayer-funded education plan introduced in September 2021,” with the Democrat governor saying that it was created to address “the academic impact of lost instructional time” after she “recommended shutting down in-person learning in schools for months in 2020 as a response to coronavirus case surges.”

The branding of “MAGA” as racist by Mills’ Education Department isn’t a new concept, but rather falls in lockstep with the same language used by President Joe Biden to paint his political opposition as domestic enemies to the United States. During a Sept. 1 tirade that can only be described as demonic, the president repeatedly accused Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” of undermining democracy and the very fabric of the country.

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said. “There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.”

Mills is currently engaged in a tight reelection battle against former Maine governor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, who recently launched his own “Parents Bill of Rights” to ensure parents’ involvement in their children’s education. While unreliable polling used by the left-leaning corporate media to manipulate public opinion has shown Mills consistently leading her Republican opponent, the race is still very competitive heading into November.


Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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