GOSHEN, Ind. — An open advocate for child drag shows organized a rally and protest this weekend outside of a Goshen business owned by a local state representative. Brock Richardson, who also goes by the drag name of Natosha Salad, advertised the event on Facebook to protest outside of Representative Joanna King’s business, JoJo’s Pretzels. The reason for the event was to protest King who voted in favor of House Bill 1134, which limits children from being exposed to sexually explicit material, tackles Critical Race Theory being taught in public schools and offers more transparency for parents of school-aged children. Richardson’s post was a grammatically error ridden diatribe of false information used at the rally, that consisted of only about a dozen people.
“This (bill) will not only make teaching more complicated but also ask teachers to leave out that nazis, confederates (etc) (sic), we’re (sic) of low moral character. This bill wasn’t created bye (sic) purple for parents (sic) and other radical hate groups, but it’s being supported widley bye (sic) Neo-Nazi’s (sic), and other racist hate group organizations. Should it be passed from state senate (sic), we’ll likely see a loss of teachers, and our schools will drastically be effected.” Richardson wrote in part.
HB 1134 was authored by a former history teacher, now legislator, Tony Cook. It does not limit the teaching of history, both good and bad. Instead, the bill focuses on not teaching children they are inherently racist or oppressed based on the color of their skin or sex. It also focuses on preventing minors from being exposed to sexually explicit material in school.
Below is part of the bill summary.
“…may not promote certain concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or direct or otherwise compel a school employee or student to adhere to certain tenets relating to the individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution acting in an official capacity may not require an employee of the school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of racial or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that reveals or attempts to affect the student’s attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parental consent. Provides that, if a school corporation or qualified school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals, identifies, collects, maintains or attempts to affect a student’s attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or qualified school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides, with certain exceptions, that before a school corporation or qualified school may provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services to a student, the school must provide the parent of the student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, with a written request for consent to provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services. Makes changes to the definition of “sexually explicit” for the purpose of trade regulation. Removes schools and certain public libraries from the list of entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors. Adds colleges and universities to the entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors.
Richardson has been an outspoken advocate of progressive events involving school aged children. He promoted, and later defended, a drag show for children organized by a 6th grade teacher over the summer of 2021 as part of Goshen LGBTQ Pride Week events.
One of the few attendees of the rally was Elkhart City Councilman, Aaron Mishler. Mishler, who is an open socialist, also attacked King telling constituents to boycott her business with false information posted on social media.
“I’m a business owner and family person. I’m an easy person to get along with.” Joanna King told RNM. “The right to protest is part of our constitution, I support that 100 percent. I would encourage people to get the correct information to know what they’re protesting against.”
Below is a link to a video of the event.
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