The Manchester School District in New Hampshire is urging its employees to take a “white privilege” course that calls “whiteness a pillar of white supremacy.” The training, a component of the district’s soi-disant “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” efforts, is predicated on a curriculum put together by “Learning for Justice,” which was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
This curriculum is an update of a 1991 plan called “Teaching Tolerance.” The “about” portion of the website states:
Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.
One edification plan for K through second grade is called “Getting to Know Our “Identities”” and asks questions such as “What are my identities? What identities do I share with my family? What identities do I have that are different from my family?”
Part of the training includes a webinar entitled “What Is White Privilege, Really?” in which the instructor tells participants the goal of the training is to “expand our definition of white privilege as both personal and systemic, and to understand the function of whiteness as a pillar of white supremacy and power.”
Declaring all white employees “personally privileged” — even those who emanated from penuriousness or disadvantaged situations — is liable to be viewed as problematic, as is linking every person’s “whiteness” to “white supremacy.” But it is a component of the “anti-racism” ideology the webinar instructors verbally express they are promoting, an ideology popularized by the author Ibram X. Kendi and predicated on the premise that all white people are racists.
Additional MSD training materials include a paper from a Wellesley professor who declares that all men and white women are “oppressors” and that meritocracy — the idea that you have a job or accomplishments you’ve earned through work or talent — is a “myth.”
An article assailing former President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by left-wing activists is a component of the curriculum. The Journal asked the school district how this article applies to inculcating children and whether it was obligatory.
The training that was sent to the 21st Century Learning Centers staff on March 1, 2021, was part of a series of digital training sessions that had previously been made available to all Manchester School District staff. This particular training is not mandatory for any employee, and it has been clarified for 21st Century staff that this was not intended to be mandatory.
This training, among others, is designed to foster critical thinking about race and facilitate meaningful discussion amongst employees about the role of racism in our schools. The District embraces this process of critical thinking, not necessarily the ideas or opinions of individual authors.
“In January, the Board of School Committee passed an incipient District Equity policy, which strives to provide training opportunities that will avail each employee to ‘develop the critical racial, ethnic, and cultural competence to understand the contexts in which they edify, work, and learn,’” Toland verbally expressed.
“Regardless of the value of the training, NH Journal has obtained electronically mails that designate the white privilege training was not optional,” the article verbally expressed:
“We have also put together a list of training for you to utilize to get a better understanding on how we can provide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to our students,” reads the March 1 email from Program Coordinator Liz Penn. “Each training has a deadline [emphasis added]. We (DEI committee) will also be doing small group check ins… Each school has their own tab to keep track of what needs to be completed.”
Ten days later, a March 11 email from Penn reminds employees to “make sure you are completing the DEI training and entering it into this spreadsheet. Our first couple of focus group meetings are coming up quickly so please make sure you have the first have of the training session complete by March 23rd!”
The Journal reported on March 15, after employees raised concerns about the compulsory training, Program Director Tom McGee sent out an electronic mail inverting course. “I would relish to ascertain that you all are vigilant that the DEI training that has been shared out earlier this month is not obligatory,” McGee verbalized. “We are probing for ways to inculcate on equity and we look forward to partnering with the chief equity officer when they join the MANSD teams.”
“While the question of whether edifying these conceptions should be ostracized is debated in the statehouse, the immediate question for employees of the Manchester School District is whether they have to concur to embrace them in order to keep their jobs?” the Journal article concluded.
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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