The white teachers of the San Diego Unified School District, who are told that their whiteness is a problem, are further told that it’s a problem that they are teaching while white.
San Diego Unified School District is forcing teachers to attend “white privilege” training, in which teachers are told “you are racist” and “you are upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies.”
Rufo reported that “The training begins with a ‘land acknowledgement,’ in which the teachers are asked to accept that they are colonizers living on stolen Native American land. Then they are told they will experience ‘guilt, anger, apathy, [and] closed-mindedness’ because of their ‘white fragility.'”
After everyone has come to understand that they are occupying stolen land, they are asked to “Share the air-take space & leave space,” to “Be brave,” to “speak your truth and listen to others truths,” as well as to “expect to experience discomfort.”
Participants are also asked to “Be explicit about race and racism,” and to both “avoid and point out coded language.” This is all happening over a virtual video call.
Robin DiAngelo is quoted, “It is is a powerful means of white racial control and the protection of white advantage,” to not have to talk about race.
Rufo reports that faculty are then shown videos of both Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi, and that the facilitators then tell the faculty “‘you are racist,’ ‘you are upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies,’ and that they must commit to becoming ‘antiracist’ in the classroom.”
The faculty must give over their own ideas to conform to these new ones, apparently this is irrespective of what the a given faculty member’s “truth” is.