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May 21, 2007

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Julien

In McIntosh's "checklist," she calls meritocracy a "myth." She points to acts of discrimination and somehow deduces that they render fraudulent the entire concept, though it would make much more sense to conclude that discrimination makes implementing meritocracy completely and consistently all the more important. But that approach would make it harder to peddle her invisible knapsack unpacking services. It's maddening to think that students might be studying the ins and outs of an intellectual nullity like the weightless invisible knapsack during time they could spend learning about the quadratic formula, the theory of natural selection, the U.S. Constitution, or how to write an essay.

David

Judging by Dr McIntosh’s “checklist” criteria and her general ramblings, I doubt evidence matters anywhere near as much as self-loathing, pretension and/or racial revenge fantasies. Apparently, that’s the way to get public funding. And yet, despite all this, academic sack beatings are now frowned upon.

Franklin

"Dr. Caprice Hollins"? You made that up, right? No, you didn't. Wow. It's like bad fiction, but real.

David

Franklin,

Two items worth noting:

“Combating [‘institutional’ racism], Hollins said, first requires knowing to what extent it exists in Seattle's public schools… ‘They wouldn't have hired me if there wasn't a need,’ said Hollins, who started the job last week. ‘I just need to find out what that need is.’”

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/195794_ecenter19.html

and,

“Hollins recently admitted to The Seattle Times that even she, a die-hard, diversity-obsessed devotee, could not find an institutionally racist program in the system. With nowhere else to turn, she pointed to summer vacation – summer vacation – as ‘an example of systemic problems’ because black children fall even further behind.”

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/column.aspx?UrlTitle=seattle%E2%80%99s_guilt-tripping_battles&ns=LaShawnBarber&dt=04/09/2007&page=2

So despite being unable to find any evidence at all to justify her role or her $86,000 salary, Ms Hollins remains in place, looking for ‘institutional’ racism in children’s summer breaks. Perhaps she can find some ectoplasm while she's at it.

clazy

Some of the kids subjected to this conference will recognize it as foolishness. I won't be surprised if their less subtle peers, who lack the skills to deflect such abuse, emerge as nascent racists. If we're lucky, they'll only hate pink turtlenecks.

Chris Allen

I have to wonder how many smart but poor black kids could be given an education at a good private school for $86,000.......

I mean, if she REALLY cares about outcomes....

Chip

Maria Goodloe-Johnson buys into that same nonsense. Congrats on Seattle's choice of superintendent. And good riddance.

Jamie Anderson

So. The problem is not a lack of civil rights among blacks. It's that whites have them which only serves to make blacks jealous, thus leading to social disharmony?
A philosophy to make the spirits soar.

David

Clazy,

“I won't be surprised if their less subtle peers… emerge as nascent racists.”

Surely that’s an unspoken aim of the racial grievance industry, or at least a large part of it? Hollins and McIntosh depend on racial preoccupation, paranoia and resentment for a living, as do their peers. It’s the source of their status, power and funding. Encrusting young minds with prejudice, albeit of a fashionable kind, is imperative in order to justify the monstrous witch-hunting industry in which they thrive.

TDK

It obviously works on some white people as evidenced here:http://www.daveyd.com/commentarywhitelikeme.html.

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