Amid a national debate over Critical Race Theory (CRT), a Washington elementary school hosted an ‘anti-racism’ event where young children learned to ‘find white privilege in all aspects of life’ and to identify family members harboring so-called “racists”. beliefs.”
The “Anti-Racist Fight Club” event at Janney Elementary School took place last November, but it only recently attracted media attention. According to a message to parents, the school has hired “anti-racism” activist Doyin Richards to give a presentation to K-3 students on “topics such as race and equity.”
As part of the event, each child received a guide to help them “continue the dialogue at school and at home”. Richards calls the book a “Fistbook”, as opposed to a manual, to better illustrate the confrontational nature of his activism.
The book (pdf) defines racism as a combination of racial prejudice and power, which means that racial prejudice against white people does not constitute racism, since white people “are part of a society that benefits them in almost all cases”.
“If a black person says something mean to a white person, they have no power over them,” he says. “It’s like white people are walking around with an invisible force field because they hold all the power in America.”
Richards’ “Fistbook” goes on to discuss the concept of “white privilege”, which “simply means that your life is not made more difficult because of the color of your skin”.
“It’s not your fault that you have white privilege, but it’s your fault that you choose to ignore it,” the book continues, adding that white privilege can be found “in almost every aspect of life”. For example, it’s a privilege for white kids to be able to “find people like you everywhere you turn,” including in movies that feature mostly white characters.
The book also asks children a series of questions, such as where they “see racism” in themselves and how they plan to deal with family members who hold “racist beliefs”.
“Just because someone is older than you doesn’t mean they’re always right,” it read.
After the presentation, the parents received an adult version of the “Fistbook”, according to The Daily Caller, which first reported the matter. The book, apparently following a CRT account, claims that “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball”.
“As we sit here today, it is still woven into the fabric of our homes, communities, schools, government, economic system, health care and so much more. In fact, it would be hard to find a facet of our society where racism does not exist,” the book states. “White supremacy isn’t the shark, it’s the ocean.”
The District of Columbia Public Schools, which oversees Janney Elementary, said in a statement that the adult guide was not part of their curriculum and was not shared with students.
The event was criticized on DC Urban Moms, an anonymous online message board for parents, with some users alleging their children were traumatized.
“Someone else’s kindergarten kid freaked out about an anti-racism assembly today?” an alleged user on November 30. “My child needed to sleep with a light on and the door open tonight. Does anyone know what exactly was talked about? My daughter couldn’t convey much except that she was scared.
According to Richard’s website, he has led more than 300 “anti-racist” workshops and trained 36,413 “new anti-racists around the world” since July 2020, the peak of unrest and violence sparked by the death of George Floyd. The caller reported that Richards charges between $10,000 and $15,000 to speak at online events.