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Rantz: ‘White-identified’ WA college staff joined radical anti-racist political workshop

A group of far-left educators hosted top university staff for a two-day workshop on dismantling racism and becoming anti-racist educators. It was intended for “people identifying as white of European descent and people who enjoy white privilege.” When a staff member reprimanded the workshop, the educators laughed at her.

The online event was hosted by Friends of the Faculty and Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC). Normally, the group offers workshops for “faculty of color,” but on April 21 and 22, 2022, the group opted for white-centric participation to turn staff into more effective anti-racism activists.

“We want people to move away from ‘I’m an individual white person being an anti-racist by reading a lot of books’ to ‘I’m part of something bigger with other people who identify as white’ by building relationships / cross-system coalitions / networks for this broader collective anti-racism work at the CLC [community/technical college] system”, read the lecture notes.

Internal documents and the PowerPoint presentation offer insight into the surprising attitudes and beliefs of educators shaping the minds of young Washingtonians.

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“Whiteness is at the center of racism”

The workshop, “Working Together Towards a WA CTC Anti-Racist System,” came from the group Friends of the FSCOSS, made up of all-white educator-activists from Edmonds College, Green River College, Bellevue College, Clark College. Their aim is “to interrogate and challenge the racist systems we have built and benefited from”.

“Our hope is that we, as identified white people or beneficiaries of white privilege, will collectively do the work necessary for transformative change. Racism is a white people’s issue and we need to own it, be held accountable and take action,” reads an internal document titled “Accomplice-ing It!

The flyer promoting the workshop set out expectations for participants who, depending on their job title at community or technical colleges, paid $250.

We will form coalitions and work together as a collective to:

question how we individually and collectively perpetuate systems of white supremacy and capitalism,
develop strategies to dismantle white supremacy and colonization
creating liberating spaces for all of us,
be part of the solution in all -ism words

More than 125 staff from various state colleges attended, according to an internal email.

Invite offended some staff

The invitation to the workshop was widely circulated, although the method depended on the school.

Jennifer Whetham of the Washington State Council for Community and Technical Colleges distributed an invitation to a number of educators across the state. She is one of the core members of the Friends of FSCOSS. Along with the flyer inviting registration, she explained why this training was such an integral part of the work of CLC educators.

“It is essential to remember that no matter what we know about racism, white supremacy and our own role in perpetuating and maintaining systems of oppression, we always benefit. Therefore, it is our responsibility to support each other as we learn and seek to make internal and systemic change,” Whetham wrote.

Some staff members expressed their anger over the invitation publicly and privately.

“A very offensive introduction to your workshop from the ‘Friends of FSOCC’,” replied a staff member at Everett Community College.

Mocking the Complainant

The main leaders of the Friends of the FSOCC distributed the e-mail among themselves.

Alyssa Voyles, director of equity and employee engagement at Clark College, mocked the staff member. She said the email reminded her of the “Thank you very much Dianne” tiktok, a video meme depicting the “colleague you hate during Zoom meetings”.

“Would love to know what’s offensive here,” Christina Sciabarra, an adjunct faculty member in political science at Bellevue College, wrote to the group. She added a rolling eyes emoji.

Internal emails show the band were puzzled by what might be considered offensive about their workshop and introduction. This indicates little experience outside of their far-left echo chamber.

“Whites work there”

The two days of anti-racism work began with an acknowledgment of land and labor, followed by a “fireside chat” with a number of conversational guests, according to the PowerPoint presentation.

Participants discussed what it means to be an “ally, defender, accomplice, co-conspirator and abolitionist”. They discussed what they “want white people to do (or stop doing) to challenge white supremacy.” They also touched on the importance of affinity groups, or groups of staff who share the same race.

Participants had nearly two hours to develop their personal accountability plan: how would they act to institutionalize anti-racism? They are specifically told to avoid taking personal responsibility with statements such as “Slavery was over 400 years ago, it was my ancestors, not me”.

“It’s time for white people to mobilize”

During a breakout session, participants were asked: “Why is internal work necessary to fight racism?”

One said, ‘I want to stop hurting people’, while a second said, ‘I can’t expect people of color to do work for free and fix a system. that they did not create.

“Because our colleagues at BIPOC are TIRED and it’s high time for white people to step in and get the job done!” said another white participant.

Another question asked during the breakout session: “When were you blocked/disturbed…what did you learn?”

One educator said he learned his feelings didn’t matter, while a second said he learned “not to let guilt get me on the defensive”.

“I learned: being a white person somewhere I wasn’t invited can be construed as aggressive,” said one participant.

You have not earned this “privilege”

The workshop material also expresses fringe views on race and racism, often expressing the very racism they condemn. The only difference is that their racism is against white people.

The documents tell white people that they did not earn their socioeconomic status or position within their respective colleges. He was born of white supremacy which offered them privileges.

“Obviously, if privilege is inextricably tied to race (social group), privilege is not something you earn. The myth of earned privilege is one of the many lies of white supremacy that helps perpetuate an ideology that harms everyone, including white people. As an identified white person and/or beneficiary of white privilege, our level of responsibility is equal to our level of privilege,” the Complice document states. -ing It.

The documents explain “fundamental truths” of society, such as “social systems are built on white supremacy” and, ironically, “African American/Black women are the foundation of social justice and equity work. and are systematically excluded even though their work is appropriate. ”

Tipping at the windmills

These educators have good intentions, but they are engaged in a sad display of performative awakening.

It is truly heartbreaking how guilty these educators feel about the so-called “systems of oppression” they believe exist. It is quite ironic that they have convinced themselves that all white people are privileged oppressors and that all racial minorities are victims of oppression.

They were taught to judge people by the color of their skin, all in the name of anti-racism. And they think they are heroes for having “done the hard work” to fight the racism they invoke in higher education. But all they do is prey on windmills.

But it’s not just about having pity on these unfortunate leftists. Their far-left activism is actually dangerous.

These educators will use this “anti-racist” worldview in the classroom. They will mistreat students because of the color of their skin, while trying to propagandize anyone who falls into the same trap as these educators.

This line of thinking creates more division and animosity. It tells people that they didn’t deserve their achievements or their failures; that the end results were predetermined by skin color. Will white students get lower grades by an anti-racist educator by deducting ‘privilege points’? Will Black or Latino students get higher grades than they deserve for overcoming systemic racism? Who is it for? Certainly not the impacted students.

Anti-racist educators seek to align their students with their worldview. It’s an awakening cult where everyone loses. And all of this only alienates students who seek education, not indoctrination.

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