It should come as no surprise, these days, when officials and educators in liberal states are caught either disparaging President Donald Trump or openly indoctrinating children in the public education system. Yet, somehow, the insults and attempts still seem to shock and disgust us. Recently, in the very blue state of Washington, a county prosecutor and an eighth-grade art teacher were caught in those very acts.
Notorious anti-Trumper and Island County prosecutor Greg Banks is no newbie when it comes to being called out on his not-so-subtle attacks on the president and his supporters. In 2019, he made an apology after comparing Trump supporters to the Ku Klux Klan, saying they are “racist bullies with second-grade intellects and behavior disorders.” His attitude and comments against the president and Conservatives have made residents worried that they would not receive fair treatment from his office or in court. It wasn’t until the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH took him to task for those comments that the prosecutor decided to email his staff an apology, saying he did “something pretty stupid,” and that he “engaged in the same behavior I criticize the president for.”
Now, Banks is at it again, saying that we need to “cleanse society” of the “diseased thinking” belonging to those who support the commander in chief. Before he switched his Facebook account to private, he posted a message condemning Trump for not acknowledging the Proud Boys as white supremacists: “Stand back and stand by, White Supremecists [sic]. Standby? Until what? Until he gives the word to attack?”
The Art of Racism
Meanwhile, a Seattle art teacher – woke to her white privilege – decided to enlighten her eighth-grade students on the matter. Suzanne Wakefield’s message to her young students was clear: peace is “racist,” the president is divisive – and that is the cause of civil unrest today. While basically apologizing for being white, she even went so far as to say she now recognized that some art projects are racist because she didn’t recognize her own white privilege.
“Our country is divided, our leader is pushing that, he’s not an advocate for peace, our leader, or unity like Obama was,” the art instructor intoned, claiming there cannot be peace while any people suffer injustices; therefore, peace is racist. She continued: “My perspective is coming from a white privilege. I’m a white person and I’ve been conditioned and I’m trying to un-condition myself.” Wakefield’s missive – a not-so-subtle form of indoctrination disguised as a heartfelt description of a personal struggle – went on to say:
“But how can you feel peace when you’re a group from a minority or something that’s been oppressed and does not have the same privileges as white people do, ya know? I might give you guys things sometimes that might be kinda racist and I’m admitting it and I want to talk about it sometimes because it infiltrates every part of our life, OK? And, you guys, there are people that do not have white privilege in our world, ya know? And so, I came from a place that had privileges that other people don’t have, you know?”
The teacher wasn’t finished spreading her message of white privilege and racism to the young, impressionable minds that had no business learning anything about her political views. She then informed them that “I’m trying not to show you guys the art history that I learned, which is really coming from a European, euro-centric ‘white supremacist’ point of view.”
This shouldn’t be too surprising in such a progressive city as Seattle, and especially not at the TOPS at Seward School, whose homepage clearly states that the school “acknowledge that we gather on the stolen traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples.” TOPS, which stands for The Option Program at Seward, spells out its curriculum very clearly, such as “Themes concerning social justice and compassionate citizenship are woven through the curriculum in every grade.” So, parents who send their children to this learning establishment shouldn’t be startled if their white children come home crying about how horrible they are for being privileged.
Still, an art teacher teaching politics, rather than the subject in which she earned her degree? It is not their job to pass on their political agendas. Students should not even know what their teachers believe, who they support, or to which political party they belong. However, it seems as if progressive schools make that their top priority. Perhaps liberal schools should change their names to Anti-Trump Indoctrination Centers and be done with it.
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