Social progress is moving at the speed of light, so it’s horrendously hard to keep up.
It seems we’ve gone from the challenge of identifying white supremacy to a difficulty in discovering where it isn’t — the world appears so rife with the malady that we may as well start over.
Only we can’t.
Amid our journey into the audit of evil, new information arrives courtesy of a wealthy Chicago school system.
As reported by The Federalist, on February 26th, Naperville District 203 welcomed host Countywide Equity Institute for “anti-racism” teacher training.
Delivering the shindig’s keynote speech: Social-emotional learning researcher Dena Simmons.
And somewhere between Dena and the other 10 speakers, there may have been a few surprises here and there.
Per The Federalist, public high school teachers “were astonished to learn when they showed up for work one day that everything from the color of their skin to snow shoveling indicates ‘systemic racism.’”
Dena delivered quite the blow, purportedly informing attendees that “our education is based on a foundation of whiteness.”
Furthermore, Americans “are spiritually murdering” students.
Dena’s been stewing over such things for a while.
From The Federalist:
In an article titled “How to Be an Antiracist Educator” published in Oct. 2019, Simmons praises The New York Times’ “1619 Project” as a “comprehensive opportunity to learn and discuss history and race with colleagues and students.” The 1619 Project claimed America is systemically racist and that all of modern society and injustices are directly linked to slavery. It has been the target of much criticism by scholars for inaccuracy.
The whistleblower said [Simmons’s] lecture was “all over the place” and “hard to follow” content-wise. Simmons reportedly said “snow removal” indicates systemic racism, presumably referencing a viral Feb. 3 column published by the Los Angeles Times in which the author condemned her Republican neighbor for plowing her driveway.
Dilemma for writer Virginia Heffernan. When it snows at her ‘pandemic getaway,’ helpful neighbors plow her driveway unbidden. Do a ‘great job.’ What a nice thing! They don’t do this in the city! Only problem: Neighbors support Trump. 1/10 https://t.co/cwwBY3oK1Q
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 7, 2021
The source recalled a moment of personal confusion:
“At one point she was talking even about how snow removal is affected by systemic racism. She totally lost me on that one. I even texted that to my [partner].”
Nonetheless, surely some believed the instruction was amazing. The event’s promotion promised as much:
“It’s almost time for an amazing day of learning in @Naperville203! So excited for our lineup, discussions, reflections, and ACTIONS that will make us better together. #BeTheSpark @brightmorningtm @DenaSimmons…”
It’s almost time for an amazing day of learning in @Naperville203! So excited for our lineup, discussions, reflections, and ACTIONS that will make us better together. #BeTheSpark @brightmorningtm @DenaSimmons @SaraKAhmed @pgorski @chrisemdin pic.twitter.com/vRhKHrewHm
— Jayne Willard (@jawillard) February 26, 2021
Courtesy of another speaker at the event — Valburn Constulting Group CEO Valda Valburn — molders of young skulls full o’ mush got treated to a slideshow of information.
As noted by The Daily Wire, among the listed “socially acceptable” forms of “covert white supremacy” was “Make America Great Again.”
- Not believing experiences of [nonwhites]
- Police murdering [nonwhites]
- Euro-centric Curriculum
- Assuming that good intentions are enough
- Celebrating Columbus Day
- The self-appointed white ally
And here’s one that surely shocked some nonwhite teachers in attendance:
- Expecting [nonwhites] to teach white people
Valda also offered a definition for social justice:
A vision of society in which the distribution of resources and power is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with individuals and society.
Can we do that?
As I stated at the beginning, it’s hard to keep up.
But those on the right side of history will have to.
The Federalist conveyed Dena’s stark warning for the settled-in:
Simmons…reportedly said that if you are not an “antiracist” you are a racist, even if you believe “you are treating people with respect.”
Hasten your pace, America.
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