Quick Takes – Anti-Racist Education: Woke Demands; White Accountability Groups; Unlearning Whiteness

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: The Anti-White Elites Demand

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     One of the most privileged and elite private schools in New York, the Dalton School, now has its woke faculty making woke demands for wokeness.

“Here is just a sample of the demands:

  •    The hiring of twelve (!) full time diversity officers
  •    An additional full time employee whose “entire role is to support Black students who come forward with complaints.”
  •    Hiring of multiple psychologists with “specialization on the psychological issues affecting ethnic minority populations.”
  •    Pay off student debt of incoming black faculty
  •    Re-route 50% of all donations to NYC public schools
  •    Elimination of AP courses if black students don’t score as high as white
  •    Required courses on “Black liberation”
  •    Reduced tuition for black students whose photographs appear in school promotional materials
  •    Public “anti-racism” statements required from all employees
  •    Mandatory “Community and Diversity Days” to be held “throughout the year”
  •    Required anti-bias training to be conducted every year for all staff and parent volunteers
  •    Mandatory minority representation in (otherwise elected) student leadership roles
  •    Mandatory diversity plot lines in school plays
  •    Overhaul of entire curriculum to reflect diversity narratives

“The demands for additional staffers alone would add millions of dollars to Dalton’s annual budget. Siphoning off 50% of donations would dry up funding. Eliminating AP classes (referred to as “leveled courses”) would destroy college admissions. It’s not an exaggeration to say these demands, if implemented, would destroy Dalton altogether. According to insiders, much damage has already been done.”

     The full demands can be read here.

     “Whiteness”, i.e. whatever part of Western Civilization they are railing against at the time, must be purged from society and our minds by “unlearning”…

“Black faculty at Columbia University are making demands for ‘white supremacy’ to be recognized and ‘dismantled within this institution.’ In the demands, they outline eleven steps to undergo the process of ‘unlearning whiteness.’

“According to a statement from ‘the Black Faculty’ of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), we are in a “seachange in attitudes towards [sic] race relations” and there is a “call for real action to dismantle racist systems.”

“To do this GSAPP must ‘unlearn and challenge whiteness and white supremacy.’

“Students and faculty should ‘understand how it operates, its historical legacy, and how it is perpetuated in the school,’ the faculty state.

“White supremacy, they say, needs ‘interrogating’ to understand ‘anti-Black racism.’ They then list eleven steps directed at the school for the ‘unlearning process.’”

     And those purveyors of “Whiteness” must be held accountable, after all…And those purveyors of “Whiteness” must be held accountable, after all…

“Loyola University in Maryland formed what it’s calling a ‘White Accountability Group.’

“Its website said the community would ‘like to offer white and white-passing folks the opportunity to put those resources into action by engaging in deep, meaningful conversations and exercises on anti-racism.’

“In a promotional video released before their first information session, which is scheduled for Friday, September 4, leaders at Loyola shared why they feel this group is necessary and have chosen to join.

“One man in the video noted that the space is for faculty, staff, and administrators in the 70 percent white Jesuit Catholic university.

“‘For me, it’s all about the fact that I know I’m racist. I grew up in the United States of America,’ said one woman. ‘It’s part of who I am.’

     From their website:

“In her role as CEIO of Loyola University Maryland, Dr. Cheryl Moore-Thomas convened a group of faculty and staff to design and execute a White Accountability group on campus.

“It is clear that as a community we are in deep thought and conversation about the injustices that continue to plague our country, our communities, and our campus. Many resources have been offered as we all work to dismantle oppression in our own lives and institutions; we would like to offer white and white-passing folks the opportunity to put those resources into action by engaging in deep, meaningful conversations and exercises on anti-racism. This will be a brave space to reflect, discuss, learn, grow, and most importantly, keep ourselves and our campus accountable as we continue to work towards dismantling white supremacy in all the spaces that it lives, even (and especially) when that space is inside of us.”

     TTFN.

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