Oregon School District Spends $100,000 EACH YEAR On White Privilege Conference
Taxpayers in the Gresham-Barlow school district in the tranquil suburbs of Portland, Ore. spend approximately $100,000 annually on a white privilege conference, according to EAGnews.org.
The week-long “Coaching for Educational Equity” conference occurs in the small town of Cottage Grove, Ore. — some 140 miles away. The conference is mandatory for all school officials. It is optional for teachers.
The “Coaching for Educational Equity” conference is grounded firmly in “white privilege,” which is the bizarre, radically leftist political theory that every white person is deeply racist, even if the racism is subconscious. The organizers also believe that white racism pervades America’s public schools and, in fact, every nook and cranny of American society.
The spreaders of the white privilege gospel believe that black culture is socialist by nature. Thus, they argue, hard work for personal gain and notions of private property are unfamiliar to young American black children who have never spent a day outside the United States.
“If you tell a black kid that if you work hard you can achieve anything you set your mind to, that’s racist, because you are perpetuating a myth of meritocracy,” Dan Chriestenson, a Gresham-Barlow school board member who opposes “white privilege” theory, told EAGnews.
“They are segregating students,” Chriestenson added. “They are spreading anger among students of color and guilt among white students.”
After considerable finagling, Chriestenson was able to obtain a copy of the manual used by attendees of the “Coaching for Educational Equity” white privilege conference.
The document declares: “White Culture…there is one.” It also lists “Characteristics of White Consciousness” including individualism.
“Many white people in Oregon have no idea that our schools and state are immersed in white culture and are uncomfortable and harmful to our students of color, while also reinforcing the dominant nature of white culture in our white students and families,” the manual propounds.
Also, it explains, the notion “I earned this through hard work and effort” makes no sense to black people.
The major goal of the conference, the manual abjectly states, is to convince taxpayer-funded teachers and administrators to become “anti-racist white allies” who believe this creed: “All white people are racist. I am a racist.”
Another part of the creed is “Despite my best intentions I will still act out of racism and people of color may have reason to be angry with me,” according to EAGnews.
The nonprofit group which organizes the white privilege conference is called the Oregon Center for Educational Equity. One of the images on its main webpage features a dozen white people standing together, smiling.
The crackpot, racist concept of “white privilege” remains on the fringe in most of America but it has found remarkable success in the education sector.
Earlier this year, at the 2015 White Privilege Conference in Louisville, Ky., speaker Leonard Zeskind told an overflow crowd in a posh hotel meeting room that members of the tea party movement are “screw-loosers” who range from “sort of a generic racism” to “bald-faced racists.” Also, “tea partiers are not overly concerned about the economy,” love “gun rallies” and hate President Barack Obama because he “broke the white monopoly on the presidency.” (RELATED: Tea Party Is ‘Bald-Faced Racists,’ White Privilege Conference Speaker Tells Sea Of White People)
Two more speakers in a separate workshop promoted lesson plans designed to teach children as young as kindergarten about “genderqueer,” “gender-fluid” and “transgender folks.” (RELATED: White Privilege Conference Workshop Pushes GRADE SCHOOL LESSON About ‘Genderqueer’ ‘Transgender Folks’)
Last month, a black sociology professor at Vanderbilt University argued that “white privilege” was to blame for riots and looting in Baltimore, Md. (RELATED: Vanderbilt Prof Blames Baltimore Riots On ‘White Privilege,’ Calls For Massive Surveillance Of White People)
In November 2014, a desperately confused Huffington Post blogger (with a Ph.D. in education) maintained that Mia Love, a black Republican woman, has benefited from “white privilege.” (RELATED: Sorry, What? The Huffington Post Says Mia Love Enjoys WHITE PRIVILEGE)
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