We’ve made the case against going to college pretty solid. Seriously, don’t go to college. They’re nothing but bastions of social justice warrior psychobabble and Trigglypuff breeding grounds. But now it looks like we’re going to have to issue warnings about grade school. The pervasive notion of “white privilege” has invaded an elite New York City private school.
Bank Street has created a “dedicated space” in the school for “kids of color,” where they’re “embraced” by minority instructors and encouraged to “voice their feelings” and “share experiences about being a kid of color.”
Meanwhile, white kids are herded into separate classrooms and taught to raise their “awareness of the prevalence of Whiteness and privilege,” challenge “notions of colorblindness (and) assumptions of ‘normal,’ ‘good,’ and ‘American’” and “understand and own European ancestry and see the tie to privilege.”
Wait a second. Wasn’t there a famous movement in the last century where people marched, demanding people of all races be treated equally? Weren’t there efforts to “desegregate” schools, eliminating “white only” anything, and integrating all races under one common, American banner? Wasn’t there a guy, a rather famous, outspoken guy, who said such things like wanting his children to be judged by the “content of their character” and not their skin color? Wasn’t…wasn’t this movement called the “civil rights” movement?
Because I’m pretty sure separating children by their race to teach them about race runs counter to the original goals of the civil rights movement. What with people being SEGREGATED by race. Seems pretty obvious to me. But perhaps that’s my cis-white privilege talking. Maybe if I’d been segregated as a young child, I’d have a better understanding of this lunacy. Alas.
Yet this K-8 school thinks someone white has so much “privilege” over someone who is not white, that students as young as SIX need to be lectured and made to feel guilty about their own skin tone. Meanwhile, the non-white students are patronized. This isn’t going to end well, is it? In fact, don’t you think maybe this will create more racial division, not less? Or is that the entire point…?
The left loves to talk about “systemic racism” in our various institutions. Along with Asian students being shafted for their stellar grades, looks like we have another instance of glaring educational systemic racism. Non-white students are coddled, white students are beat down. Only in 2016.