The sad saga of New York City schools gets even … “better” as news from one of its “implicit bias” workshops indicates that educators are taught to favor black children over white — despite their socioeconomic status.
The city has contracted so-called “diversity experts” to the tune of almost $1 million, and faces an imminent lawsuit alleging school chancellor Richard Carranza has created an atmosphere that is “hostile toward whites.”
Last week, the New York Post reported that “diversity” seminars had taught that the foundations of Western Civilization are examples of “white supremacy”; now the Post details how workshop leaders have framed the term “equity”:
“If I had a poor white male student and I had a middle-class black boy, I would actually put my equitable strategies and interventions into that middle class black boy because over the course of his lifetime he will have less access and less opportunities than that poor white boy.” So said Darnisa Amante, founder of “DEEP” — the Disruptive Equity Education Project.
“That’s what racial equity is,” she added.
City DOE spokesman Will Mantell, who had previously stated any claims of reverse racism in city educational circles “had no basis in fact,” now says NYC’s trainings “are used across the country because they help kids, and out-of-context quotes and anonymous allegations just distract from this important work.”
Just because these nonsense trainings are widely used doesn’t make them any less loathsome. And I would challenge Mantell to show just how they help kids. Even Glenn Singleton’s “Courageous Conversations” tell educators to “expect and accept non-closure” (emphasis added). Think about how convenient that is.
At a monthly superintendents meeting in the spring of 2018, shortly after Carranza’s arrival, members were asked to share answers to the question: “What lived experience inspires you as a leader to fight for equity?”
One Jewish superintendent shared stories about her grandmother Malka who told of bombs falling in Lodz, Poland, and running from the Nazis in the wee hours by packing up her four children and hiding in the forest, and her grandfather Naftali, who spent nearly six years in a labor and concentration camp, where he witnessed the brutal execution of his mother and sister.
“My grandparents taught me to understand the dangers of ‘targeted racism’ or the exclusion of any group, and the importance of equity for all people. This is my core value as an educator,” the superintendent told colleagues.
“At the break, I stood up and, to my surprise, I was verbally attacked by a black superintendent in front of my colleagues. She said ‘This is not about being Jewish! It’s about black and brown boys of color only. You better check yourself.’”
Thankfully, another pair of supers — one black and one Dominican — stood up for the Jewish gentleman. But a middle school teacher related how teachers she knows won’t attend “Courageous Conversations” because “they don’t feel safe.” The diversity trainings are “a catalyst for hate and division,” she said.
In response, and taking a page from the “white fragility” handbook, a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School Diversity Advisory Group said that those who disagree with the race trainings “are the ones who must look inward harder.”