On the horizon, it appears there is a Jacobite-style uprising against the tyranny of white, illiberal, and radical factions that endeavor to brainwash America’s youth to believe that anyone with white skin is a racist – and it’s parent driven. Could this be the moment the tides of hate begin to ebb out of American lives?
It’s a start.
The insipid indoctrination of school-aged children by secular institutions is rewinding the hands of time, back to a time when things like the internment of Japanese Americans and racial segregation were accepted. What happened in those days, that was systemic racism.
Systemic racism simply does not exist in America aside from isolated incidences over the past 50 years committed by the ignorant and intolerant. Racism itself cannot be eradicated or untaught or used as a weapon to keep people in lockstep. Yet somehow activist media and educational institutions are hell-bent on bringing 1950s America back – presumably just to rub conservative white noses in its horror once again.
PACs And Public Declarations
The Brearley School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is a private institution for girls, grades 1-12, whose parents have hefty bank accounts. Tuition costs can exceed $54,000 a year. There has been a drumbeat of late from administers at the school to publicly denounce racism and force parents of enrolled girls to sign an antiracist pledge. A warning has been added to the mission statement on the school’s website. It reads:
“We expect our faculty, staff, students, parents, and trustees to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions. These actions include participating in antiracist training and identifying and eliminating policies, practices, and beliefs that uphold racial inequality in our community.”
The steer into the skid of Black Lives Matter and leftist political demands now has parents up in arms and weaponizing their keyboards. One parent, Andrew Gutmann, sent a brutally honest and quite strong missive to all 600 parents with young ladies attending Brearley. A highlight or two follows:
“l object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti-family, heterophobic, anti-Asian, and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests.
I object to, as we have been told time and time again over the past year, that the school’s first priority is the safety of our children. For goodness’ sake, Brearley is a school, not a hospital! The number one priority of a school has always been, and always will be, education. Brearley’s misguided priorities exemplify both the safety culture and ‘cover-your-ass’ culture that together have proved so toxic to our society and have so damaged the mental health and resiliency of two generations of children and counting.”
It seems that Andrew feels the school might be better off teaching history than reinventing it. Perhaps they should focus on math, English, and foreign languages, as well as, for the love of the bank account, a good run of economics. And for Pete’s sake, study the U.S. Constitution and why it matters; don’t just attempt to read between the lines.
But Gutmann does not stand alone. Beside him in battle are others taking a stand to protect this nation’s children from the hysterics of political gamesmanship. In Loudoun County, Virginia, parents have organized a political action committee (PAC) to unseat several school board members intent on adding critical race theory to the educational curriculum immediately. In a press release, the newly formed Fight for Schools PAC stated that school board members demonstrated a grave “misunderstanding of their duties and responsibility as elected officials.” The PAC has a budget goal of $250,000-$500,000, to use on “earned media, paid media and polling to build public awareness on what is happening in Loudoun County’s schools.”
How did the academia react? Middle school teacher Andrea Weiskopf proclaimed on Facebook: “Over the past few weeks, a small group of Loudoun residents have put their racism on display for the nation.” Even educational professionals have nothing better in their vocabulary quiver than to fire off the word “racism” when backed into a corner. Frankly, that one word has lost its meaning – and its power.
They Do Not Appreciate a Hearty Debate
While current-day liberals and far-left political radicals continue to resort to terms such as “systemic racism” and “racist” and other words meant to cause shame and fear, they have no real systemic examples. And folks like Gutmann and Fight For Schools PAC members sense the time is now to rise and eradicate the further reckless division of this country.
The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s under the leadership of such intelligent and courageous icons as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and John Lewis must not have worked. The odiferous term “systemic racism” tells us that these men, among an army of equality-seeking men and women, fought, lived, and died for nothing.
In a rousing oratory in 1984, Jesse Jackson proclaimed, “Our flag is red, white, and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black, and white — we are all precious in God’s sight!” What happened?
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