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Rhetorical Wheelies

It Says ‘Poison’ In Large Red Letters

And yet they say you must gargle it.

In her blueprint, [Tigard-Tualatin School District Director of Equity and Inclusion, Zinnia Un] describes the new oppressor as an amalgamation of “whiteness,” “colour-blindness,” “individualism,” and “meritocracy”… For Un, they are the values of white society, the primary impediment to social justice.

What is the solution to pathological whiteness? According to Un and the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the answer lies with a new form of “white identity development.” In a series of “antiracist resources” provided to teachers, the Department of Equity and Inclusion includes a handful of strategies for this identity transformation… Couched in the language of professional development, the process assumes that whites are born “racist,” even if they “don’t purposely or consciously act in a racist way.” The first step in the training document is “contact,” defined as confronting whites with “active racism or real-world experiences that highlight their whiteness.” The goal is to provoke an emotional rupture that brings the subject to the next step, “disintegration,” in which he or she feels intense “white guilt” and “white shame,” and admits: “I feel bad for being white.” 

Christopher F Rufo on the indoctrination of children, and their teachers, in Portland schools

Once suitably ashamed and disintegrated, the victim – and the word victim is entirely apt – is quizzed on whether their submission to this psychological abuse has resulted in sleep deprivation and broken relationships – these are good signs, apparently. Signs of “change-making” and “solidarity.” Of emerging wokeness.

At which point, readers may recall the openly sadistic ravings of “diversity” pioneer Jane Elliott, another psychological molester of children, and who described, with satisfaction, how one of her younger victims went from being a “brilliant, self-confident, excited little girl to a frightened, timid, uncertain little almost-person. This state of demoralisation and neurosis – of children being manipulated and bullied, and bullied again, until they feel “discomfort, guilt, shame, embarrassment and humiliation” - is an achievement, you see. The way white children should feel - if they are to be saved.  

If the prospect of eight-year-olds being told that they are “of course” racists, by definition, and that they are, on account of being white, complicit in oppression and murder… if that sounds too grotesque to actually be happening - in taxpayer-funded schools - do read Mr Rufo’s article in full.

Update, via the comments:

Given the eye-widening content of the educational material mentioned in the piece, it’s worth comparing the readiness to comply of so many educators, with the reactions of parents, including immigrant and minority parents, who are belatedly discovering what exactly their children are being taught. All in the name of “equity” and “social justice.” It seems to me that if someone – say, a middle-school teacher – doesn’t find the idea of inculcating racial guilt at all troubling and is happy with the prospect of children’s personalities being disintegrated, such that they become estranged from friends and parents, and such that they can’t sleep, then this should be ringing alarm bells. Quite loudly.

And regular readers will by now have noticed a pattern emerging - of educators deceiving parents.