Taxpayer-Funded ‘White Privilege’ Conference Teaching Educators White People Can’t Be Cured Of Racism
April 1, 2014 12:50pm PST
More details are emerging about the “White Privilege Conference” being held in Madison, Wi, and the taxpayer-funded event is nothing more than a white-bashing session that’s teaching things like white people can never be cured of their racism.
The conference is intended to teach educators about “white privilege” and “white supremacy” in American schools but its teachings are so far astray of any normal thinking they’ve actually banned reporters from covering it, in spite of it being paid for with tax money.
The conference has been held annually for the past fifteen years, with the latest being in Madison between March 25 and 29. Reporter Adam Tobias was denied entry because the coordinators of the event claimed that it wasn’t funded using taxpayer money so they weren’t required to allow the press in.
(Read More: Fourth Graders Taught About “White Privilege”)
Regardless of their claims, the event held at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was paid for with an $18,375 booking event assistance payment that came from money that was raised with hotel taxes, so it was publicly funded. Additionally, school districts all funded the travel, admission, and lodging expenses of the educators that attended, which all comes from taxpayer money.
Even though coordinators of the event barred the press from entering, one journalist was able to make it inside undetected and what they found was shocking.
Nick Novak from the MacIver Institute of Wisconsin reported that concepts such as white people being like “alcoholics” at heart with their racism and therefore will never be cured were taught along with other very troubling ideas.
Apparently a former high school teacher in both California and Colorado led a breakout session that was titled “Stories from the Front Lines of Education: Confessions of a White, High School English Teacher.” Kim Radersma explained to the other educators and administrators how “being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic.”
“I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor. I have to everyday [sic] wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday [sic] to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way,” she said.
She’s also working on her Ph.D. in “critical whiteness studies” at Brock University in Ontario, if you can even believe there’s such a course.
Radersma is a strong proponent of political ideology being infused into education as well. Later in her speech she explained that “If you don’t want to work for equity, get the f-ck out of education.”
“If you are not serious about being an agent of change that helps stifle the oppressive systems, go find another job. Because you are a political figure.”
In case you thought that the session claiming whites to be alcoholics was an isolated event and this really wasn’t an ideological firestorm intended to brainwash the minds of educators, here’s a list of some of the other topics covered:
“Against the Tea Party Movement”
“If You Build It, They Will Come: Developing a Pre K-12 Curricular Scope and Sequence for Whiteness and Anti-Racism”
“Climate-Change-Mind-Set: Replacing White Liberalism with Racial Justice as Our Communities Organize in Response to Climate Change”
This all sounds rather non-partisan, wouldn’t you say?
Do you think our educators should be attending such conferences or would their time be better spent further educating themselves on helpful material to teach our children with? Let us know with a comment, we love to read them!
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