By James Murphy
A new undercover video released on Tuesday appears to show a California high-school teacher bragging about turning children under his tutelage into Marxist revolutionaries. Gabriel Gipe, a teacher of advanced placement government at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, allegedly made several ugly confessions to an undercover journalist for Project Veritas.
Photographs that are reportedly of Gipe’s classroom show an Antifa flag as well a picture of the infamous Chairman Mao Tse-tung — the Chinese leader responsible for millions of deaths during the so-called Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and ’70s.
“I have 180 days to turn them [students] into revolutionaries.… Scare the f*ck out of them,” Gipe says in the video.
In the video, Gipe admits to radicalizing his students in Marxist doctrines and even giving extra credit for going to events that he recommends.
“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,” the teacher bragged.
“I’m probably as far left as you can go,” Gipe told the undercover journalist. “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, OK, well, it’s slow going because it takes massive amounts of organization.”
The Marxist also threw some of his fellow teachers under the communist bus, claiming that he’s not the only teacher on the staff at Inderkum High School who feels the way he does. “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.”
And just what “page” is that? According to Gipe, they want a complete undoing of the current American way of life, focusing on education and culture.
“We need to create parallel structures of power because we cannot rely on the state. So we need to distribute food, necessities, we need to create those mutual aid programs that we can look back at groups like the [Black] Panthers and learn from their successes as well as their mistakes, as well as 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.”
Gipe even admitted to shaming an unknown student who had the temerity to be offended by the Antifa flag on the wall of the classroom.
“I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall and a student complained about that — he said it made him feel uncomfortable,” Gipe explained. “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.”
Gipe also complained about those in his immediate area who might disagree with his Marxist political stances. “Sacramento, as a city itself, is incredibly diverse. But we’re surrounded by a bunch of right-wing rednecks.”
The Natomas Unified School District (Natomas is a community within Sacramento) issued a tepid statement regarding the video, and promises to look into the matter.
“We understand that parents and Natomas community members have expressed their concern about the contents of this video,” the statement read. “We respect and recognize their expressions of concern. Natomas Unified, as always, will look into this matter and take any appropriate actions as necessary. District policy explicitly states, ‘Whenever civic education includes topics that may be controversial due to political beliefs or other influences, instruction shall be presented in a balanced manner that does not promote any particular viewpoint.’ That is always the expectation.”
Obviously, Gipe’s political beliefs heavily influence his teaching, as he himself proclaims, “I have 180 days to turn them [students] into revolutionaries.”
The school district also complained of e-mails from the community that allegedly express hate and threats toward Gipe. “There is sad irony in that outsiders are expressing displeasure towards the individual teacher while also using intense vulgarity, hate speech and threats of violence.”
The California Policy Center, a think tank specializing, in part, on education, published a press release of its own, condemning the actions of Gipe in no uncertain terms.
“Every parent and taxpayer should be concerned by Project Veritas’ findings that show a California teacher using indoctrination and fearmongering to encourage students to become revolutionaries and add to the further destruction of California,” the press release read. “To have an advanced placement government teacher not only misunderstand their role but determined to groom other people’s children in the classroom is reprehensible.”