My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A white privilege conference!!!!

I had to slap myself when I read this article - how on earth can they have a conference on white privilege???
White people, you're privileged, and guilty, guilty, guilty of oppressing disadvantaged minorities. Denial only makes things worse.

This is the message currently emanating from the Seattle School District. Never mind that this dubious construct undercuts needed emphasis on minority student achievement.

District officials this month are sending students from four high schools to an annual "White Privilege Conference" in Colorado. The conference is billed as an "opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression" — "a challenging, empowering and educational experience."

The conference has little to do with mastering reading, writing, math and science; or with graduating from high school and keeping one's head above water in college. Those are the lessons high-school students should be learning, not that they will be given social promotions in the name of equity and inclusion.

The focus of Seattle Public Schools bureaucracy is clearly political indoctrination, not academics. The district is even planning an "equity summit" in the spring, which White Privilege Conference attendees are to help lead.

What's the thinking behind this theory of white privilege? For the 2006 conference, a paper by Tobin Miller Shearer (who is white) argued that white people could not enter the kingdom of God unless they confronted the way racism and white privilege shaped their lives and spirituality. He maintained that white people tend to be far too individualistic and need to acknowledge their membership in a group that is unavoidably racist.

Robert Jensen, a journalism professor writing in the Kansas City Business Journal, echoed those sentiments. Breaking free of white privilege means "challenging the pathological individualism of this culture so we can see how our successes and our failures are always partly social, not strictly individual," Jensen asserted.

So, there you have it. Somehow, in 2007 in the United States, "society," racial bias and stereotyping are still controlling forces, oppressing minorities.
I find the entire concept of lumping a whole variety of people into the 'white' category distasteful. Just as distasteful as lumping non-white people into the 'visible minority' category. For myself - well, I am Jewish, Gay, Canadian, and Atheist...not to mention Conservative. I don't celebrate 'white' holidays and I don't sing 'white' songs. I do like the holiday of Passover, and I wish people "Merry Christmas" in December.

The pantone color of my skin is really irrelevant (and what is the proper pantone number to denote whiteness?).


Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Last year, my then twelve year old daughter was the beneficiary of this sort of attitude within her own classroom. She and the other two white children in the class were subjected to near daily lectures and lessons about 'white' racism and 'white' oppression.
It was very troubling for her and it was difficult to get her to school some days.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxpayers should protest against these racist schools wasting integrity and money on their prejudices.

2:27 AM  
Blogger USMale said...

Racial and racist Marxism, nothing more.

10:26 AM  
Blogger redtown said...

"Your tax dollars at work".
The lunatics are running the asylum.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't just lunacy. It's dangerous. What do you think the endgame is? What was the endgame of Jews being vilified and blamed for all evil in Nazi Germany? Where do you think all this government-promoted hatred of white people will lead?

Canadianna -- I would sue the living shit out of any school district that did that to my daughter. And also check into homeschooling options.

1:40 PM  

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