Schools suddenly deciding that now is the time to proclaim their commitment to “antiracism” is nothing unusual, but when an exclusive New York City private school joined the movement, more than a few parents were outraged. The Upper East Side Dalton School charges students $54,000 a year in tuition from kindergarten to 12th grade, and we’re sure that many of its rich clientele are more than happy to see them “get woke.” But when the school released an 8-page antiracist manifesto proposing all kinds of radical changes, not everyone was celebrating.
From The New York Post:
Some parents say the backlash has become oppressive.
“My ancestors experienced white supremacy by being slaughtered,” a Jewish parent told The Post. “The idea that being white automatically means you are privileged or a white supremacist is ridiculous. My child comes from people who had to fight for everything they got.
“It’s just about skin color now.”
Those who disagree remain silent, the insider said. “Parents are terrified to speak up for fear of retribution. Parents are acting like spineless wimps.”
One Dalton father, who said he’s removed his children from the school as a result of the manifesto, said Dalton “has totally failed in its mission to uplift the very people it professes to help.
“It’s completely absurd and a total step backwards,” the father, who did not want to be identified, told the Post. “This supposed anti-racist agenda is asking everyone to look at black kids and treat them differently because of the color of their skin. The school is more focused on virtue-signaling this nonsense than it is in actually helping students of color. More parents are going to be pulling their kids out.”
In a statement, Dalton School officials said, “Dalton’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism is grounded in our deep appreciation for the dignity of all community members, an understanding of differing life backgrounds, empathy for one another, and the ability to engage and listen with respect across differences.”
To that end, here are some of the demands made in the manifesto: Hiring 12 full-time diversity officers, and multiple psychologists to support students “coping with race-based traumatic stress.”; Assigning a staffer dedicated to black students who have “complaints or face disciplinary action,” and a full-time advocate to help black kids “navigate a predominantly white institution.”; Paying the student debt of black staffers upon hiring them.
Perhaps the most remarkable demand is that any academic course should be eliminated “if the performance of black students is not on par with non-blacks.”
Imagine paying $54,000 a year to subsidize this nonsense. No wonder parents are angry.