“Anti-Racism” Is Becoming Troublingly Racist

Feb 23, 2021 by

by SteveQJ, Medium:

[…]  If you’ve been watching the trajectory of anti-racism over the past few years you can probably relate. It’s become an exercise in patiently explaining things which should be painfully obvious. It’s become an endless parade of clickbait headlines and performative outrage. It’s become dominated by people who seem as if they want to help but are hopelessly confused about how to do so.

Take, for example, Brentwood School’s recently announced plans to segregate parent/teacher meetings by race, as part of their (and I’m not kidding here) “Inclusive Excellence Racial Equity” initiative. White parents will meet with white teachers, black parents will meet with black teachers, Hispanic parents with Hispanic teachers. I presume that interracial families will need to separate in the name of progress.

If a child had an idea this asinine, it would be easier to cope. You could explain in clear, age-appropriate language, why racial segregation is not the best path to “inclusive excellence”. You could point out that while some parents may have issues directly related to their race, preventing other parents and teachers from hearing them is likely to make those problems worse. You could remind them in your gentlest, most tender-hearted voice, that classifying people by race promotes racism, rather than…what was it again? Oh yes, INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AND RACIAL EQUITY!!!

Or there’s Meyerholz Elementary School, where eight-year-old children are instructed to rank themselves according to the power and privilege of their race, gender and sexuality. It’s how you might reimagine Jane Elliott’s famous “brown eyes, blue eyes” experiment if you utterly failed to understand it.

These children aren’t learning to look beyond their superficial differences. They aren’t being taught the importance of treating others with compassion. They’re learning, at eight years old, that the most fundamental aspects of who they are will forever mark them as “oppressor” or “oppressed”. They’re learning to think of each other as a collection of labels instead of as complex human beings. They’ll likely carry the hangover of this “education” for the rest of their lives.

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