U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Texas has pushed to send taxpayer dollars to an education group that pushes leftwing propaganda on children as young as four. 

Allred, a Democrat seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, requested and secured $1 million in funding for a Dallas-based nonprofit organization called Big Thought. 

Big Thought promotes the idea that the United States is built on a “white supremacist system” and seeks to incorporate Black Lives Matter teachings into classrooms. It also promotes “racial equity and identity” teachings to young students so they can “see the world through an equity lens.”

In a Facebook post from 2020, Big Thought promoted a student who said, “America should be spelled with three k’s since their favorite hobby is collecting black bodies.” Alongside the video, the group says that the student “projects hope that our nation can change, our communities can heal, and that youth can lead the way.”

In another post quoting President and CEO of the nonprofit, Byron Sanders, it says that racism doesn’t only exist interpersonally but that it is in the systems created. 

What we have to acknowledge is that racism doesn’t exist interpersonally only. It’s not just about acts of racism against one singular individual. It’s the system and structures that have been created.

The organization’s website states that they “advocate on issues and policy changes related to racial and economic equity.”

Big Thought also promotes LGBTQ and radical gender ideology teachings. The organization advertises the Dallas Observer article about “The Best LGBTQ+ Influencer Accounts in North Texas” on its website. 

Fox News also revealed that the organization promoted on its “Learning Partner” page a public conversation with EmbraceRace. It supposedly teaches that “by age five and six, your kindergarten student has already begun to categorize people based on these social norms and to move into, slowly move into, acting on those, and that’s where pre-prejudice becomes prejudice.”

Allred has personally praised the nonprofit on his Facebook page, saying his “story wouldn’t have been possible without the help” of organizations like Big Thought and that he was “proud to secure federal funding to help them continue their important work.”

In 2021, Allred appointed Sanders to serve on his advisory committee to determine what “community project funding submissions” would be made. 

As a result, Sanders opposed the passage of a measure banning a school’s requirement “to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex.”

Sanders has also advocated for the “Defund the Police” movement. He posted to Facebook, encouraging his donors to fund BYP100. The group has made multiple posts over the years sharing their mission to defund police departments and live in “a world without prisons or police.”

Moreover, Big Thought’s website promotes bringing the “Black Lives Matter” movement into the classroom and explains why teaching the radical ideology is needed in classrooms. 

“We join the rising voices of a diaspora across our cities, states and nation against the root of this ill: white supremacy and systemic racism,” reads one of the organization’s announcements. “Racism is why youth of color are disciplined more frequently and with more severity in schools than their White peers. Racism is why people of color are more likely to be incarcerated and with longer sentences than White people. Racism is why persons of color are dying of Coronavirus at higher numbers than White people. And racism is why police violence is a leading cause of death for Black men, 2.5 times the rate of White men.”

Texas Scorecard reached out to Allred for comment, but received no response by publication.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.