An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers...On the one hand, this is an effect of our own occupied status. Even (especially) the wealthiest, most powerful people in the country are paying outrageous amounts of money to be told how worthless and racist they are. One wonders how aware the parents who are cutting the checks really are about what their children are being taught. And it's impossible not be angry at them for subsidizing people who utterly despise them. I feel the same about conservative businessmen who donate to their old colleges and universities, paying the bills of left wing professors and activists who have dedicated their lives to destroying them. It shows how even the powerful have essentially outsourced their morality and sense of values to people to hate them.
“Ever since Ferguson, the school has been increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum,” said a parent who requested anonymity because he has children currently enrolled in the school.
Bank Street has created a “dedicated space” in the school for “kids of color,” where they’re “embraced” by minority instructors and encouraged to “voice their feelings” and “share experiences about being a kid of color,” according to school presentation slides obtained by The Post.
Meanwhile, white kids are herded into separate classrooms and taught to raise their “awareness of the prevalence of Whiteness and privilege,” challenge “notions of colorblindness (and) assumptions of ‘normal,’ ‘good,’ and ‘American’” and “understand and own European ancestry and see the tie to privilege.”
[Elite K-8 school teaches white students they're born racist, by Paul Sperry, New York Post, July 1, 2016]
But this may also serve as a way for the wealthy to actually protect their status. Elite schools have always been about manners as much about being given knowledge. You go to an elite school partially to learn about what it means to be part of the governing class.
The dominant ideas of the Western world are anti-White posturing, multiculturalism, and navigating concepts of "privilege." These concepts can be used as weapons against competitors within the elite class. One suspects many of the children learning these concepts are also considering what new forms of identity they can conjure up to keep them from being labeled "privileged," or, conversely, how they can showily counter-signal against their "privileged" condition to actually increase their status.
After all, we all recognize that when some celebrity participates in a charity or puts up a trendy hashtag, it's not because he or she is making a sacrifice. It's because he or she is actually working to increase his or her value.
These classes are equivalent to the complicated court rituals of 18th century Versailles or at the Court of St. James. You learn these concepts so you can protect your own status, intrigue against your competitors, and build barriers against the lower classes who you want to keep in their station. After all, nothing can destroy the competition like a well formulated accusation of racism.