The New York Post recently published remarks from one training session, in which the instructor defined “racial equality” as discriminating against white students, regardless of the circumstances of the children.
According to a middle school teacher interviewed by the Post, the training teaches “replacement thinking”, encouraging educators to become “liberated” from their “whiteness”.
In controversial “implicit bias” training, New York City’s public-school educators have been told to focus on black children only.
“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,” the consultant, Darnisa Amante told attendees.
“That’s what racial equity is,” Amante explained.
Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, said she was appalled by the remarks. “It’s completely absurd — they want to treat black students as victims and punish white students. That defeats the purpose of what bias awareness training should be,” said Davids, who happens to be black herself.
The DOE’s anti-bias training — a $23 million mandatory program for all DOE employees — saw at least four white female DOE executives demoted under the new regime plan claiming whiteness has become “toxic”.
In Manhattan, a middle-school teacher complained that the mandatory DOE training was “a catalyst for hate and division”. She told the Post: “I have colleagues who won’t participate during ‘Courageous Conversations’ (the DOE protocol for implicit-bias workshops) because they don’t feel safe.”
In February 2019, consultant Amante told white DOE chiefs already to face the fact that issues of race, power and privilege will rise to the forefront and shake things up.
“Through this process of moving towards racial equity, you will need to name your privilege,” Amante is quoted as saying. Amante, a lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, is CEO of Disruptive Equity Education Project, or DEEP, a group aimed at “dismantling systemic oppression and racism”.