“In order for us to dismantle racism, white folks have to change.”
Or so believes Vincent Flewellen, the Director of Equality and Inclusion at The College School, a deceptively-named school with classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. In a feature story from the St. Louis American newspaper, Flewellen and other faculty members of the school shared their intention to enlighten kids as young as four to the divisions of racism in the hopes that they can foster a more welcoming environment.
To do so, they’ve started a 10-week program called “Witnessing Whiteness,” where teachers at The College School show up to learn about their unconscious biases and privileges and all the rest of the anti-white crap that academia and social “science” has given us to chew on.
From the St. Louis American:
Most Witnessing Whiteness programs are held in community spaces, not in schools, but the College School is taking a direct approach to making sure its teachers eliminate the unconscious biases that often affect education. The group is voluntary and meets after school for a 10-week period, but despite this extra commitment, nearly half of the school’s staff has signed up.
Flewellen said he noticed after the Ferguson protests began in St. Louis that many people felt like there was nothing they could do and they were not equipped to have conversations about race. At the school, he helped introduce Witnessing Whiteness as a way to address that.
“I think they saw participating in this as the first step in understanding and unpacking some of their own biases about race,” Flewellen said.
“As a person of color, it gets exhausting at times trying to help folks who are well-intentioned.”
Yeah, we can only imagine how “exhausting” it must be to go around to every school district and tell white people their accomplishments weren’t earned because they benefited from an invisible system of privilege. To tell them that they must now pass this lesson on to kids who aren’t even old enough to understand race, much less the concepts of bias, privilege, and success. Trust us, Mr. Flewellen, it’s exhausting just LISTENING to this nonsense week after week, so we’re sure it’s tiring to teach it.
Apparently not, because Flewellen and his cohorts feel there is work to be done. “In order for us to dismantle racism, white folks have to change,” he told the paper.
That’s not a great conversation-starter among adults, which is why these activists want to start teaching kids in pre-K about their privilege and the different advantages and disadvantages of their respective skin colors.
We have a pretty good feeling that this is going to backfire spectacularly, like all attempts to divide the country by race, but we need some people of stature in the black community to stand up and push back if we’re going to stop it from happening. Whites are scared silent, and that has created an opening for this propaganda to disperse. Unfortunately, it’s going to get a lot uglier before it gets better.