Another Reason To Support Vouchers: High School Kids Being Sent To “White Privilege Conferences”

This sort of grotesquely irrational propaganda has no place in public schools,

“White people, you’re privileged, and guilty, guilty, guilty of oppressing disadvantaged minorities. Denial only makes things worse.

This is the message currently emanating from the Seattle School District. Never mind that this dubious construct undercuts needed emphasis on minority student achievement.

District officials this month are sending students from four high schools to an annual “White Privilege Conference” in Colorado. The conference is billed as an “opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression” — “a challenging, empowering and educational experience.

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…The focus of Seattle Public Schools bureaucracy is clearly political indoctrination, not academics. The district is even planning an “equity summit” in the spring, which White Privilege Conference attendees are to help lead.

What’s the thinking behind this theory of white privilege? For the 2006 conference, a paper by Tobin Miller Shearer (who is white) argued that white people could not enter the kingdom of God unless they confronted the way racism and white privilege shaped their lives and spirituality. He maintained that white people tend to be far too individualistic and need to acknowledge their membership in a group that is unavoidably racist.

Robert Jensen, a journalism professor writing in the Kansas City Business Journal, echoed those sentiments. Breaking free of white privilege means “challenging the pathological individualism of this culture so we can see how our successes and our failures are always partly social, not strictly individual,” Jensen asserted.

So, there you have it. Somehow, in 2007 in the United States, “society,” racial bias and stereotyping are still controlling forces, oppressing minorities.”

All people love to avoid blame for their own failure, but because of all the race hucksters out there on the left, from the NAACP to Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, black victimhood has been elevated to cultlike status.

The message is, “It’s not your fault that you’re a single mother with 3 kids by 3 different dads. It’s not your fault you quit high school. It’s not your fault that you can only get a job working at a minimum wage because you’re not qualified for anything else. It’s just the white man keeping you down.”

This isn’t 1860 or even 1960 anymore. Heck, we just had a famous, left-of-center radio host fired for calling a bunch of black, female basketball players “nappy headed hos.” Yet, if he had called the white girls on the other team “blond haired, pony-tail-wearing hos,” no one would have batted an eye.

So, why aren’t black Americans doing as well as some other racial groups percentage wise in this country? Two main reasons. Black Americans have a staggeringly high rate of out-of-wedlock births and because practically from birth, black Americans are taught that they’re victims and it’s not their fault if they don’t succeed. If you think the deck is stacked against you, you don’t try as hard and if you fail, you tend to give up, instead of standing up, dusting yourself off, and taking another crack at it.

That’s the reality. What’s not reality is that more than a small percentage of white Americans are racists or that the average white person has anything to feel guilty about when it comes to race in this day and age. So, the Seattle School District can take their “White Privilege Conference” and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine as far as I’m concerned.

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