A Manhattan junior high school plans to racially separate students while discussing identity and social justice topics next week, The Post has learned.
The Lower Manhattan Community School will conduct the controversial exercises as part of its mission to “undo the legacy of racism and oppression in this country that impacts our school community,” according to an email sent to parents.
Kids in grades seven and eight will opt into one of five categories, Principal Shanna Douglas wrote in the message.
Whites, Asians, and multi-racial students have their own categories, while African-American and Hispanic students are combined into one group, according to her email.
“On November 23rd and 24th, 7th and 8th graders will explore the question ‘How do our racial identities influence our experiences?’ in affinity groups,” Douglas announced. “An affinity group is a group formed around a shared interest.”
The school has also offered an additional group, which appears to be for those uncomfortable with the format.
That cluster will enter with discussion asking “Why are we even talking about racial identity?” according to the message.
I was assured that things like this never happen.
People who oppose the sort of KenDiAngelo Elect “antiracism” have been told that no such thing is happening, and that laws to ban such things that never occur are a terrible anti-speech travesty. Meanwhile, parents are concerned about exactly this: having their children taught that the color of their skin is an essential and important part of who we are. Namely: racial essentialism.
Once upon a time civil rights leaders advocated that people be treated according to the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Today, the Elect teach the opposite.
Once upon a time the power of the state was used to ensure that white and black kids would be taught together in school. Now it is used to ensure that they are taught separately, and sorted by race by Klannish Dumbledores.
Is the the Sorting Hat? pic.twitter.com/cFCr45wx9z
— Ty Tannenbaum (@TyTannenbaum) November 19, 2021
(You know what would be *really* bad, would be if the state passed a law against this sort of thing. I think the real villain here is Chris Rufo. What do you think, David French?)
If my children were still junior high age, I would not allow them to be in a classroom with teachers who thought this was a good idea, much less force them to engage in a racial discussion led by such people. They would not be in the group that feels uncomfortable with the format. They would be in the “fuck you we are not doing this” group.
P.S. My use of the words “Elect” as well as KenDiAngelo are borrowed from John McWhorter, whose book Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America is the assigned reading for this blog.I highly recommend (and have linked) the audio version, which is read by McWhorter himself, in a tone of restrained and sardonically amused outrage. Highly recommended.