The multi-culti, anti-whitie, anti-Christ-ie classroom

Multiculturalism is one of those concepts that’s supposed to give all of us a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling. We’re all equal, we’re all wonderful. We’re no longer that icky old melting pot that forced minorities with exciting, dynamic cultures to subordinate themselves to a generic white America and become bland and meaningless. Instead, we’re an exciting salad bowl, with each disparate element lending color and punch to a healthy whole. It really does make for a wonderful vision, doesn’t it?

But what turns out to happen when you don’t encourage a dominate culture is that the separate ingredients in the salad bowl get testy and restive. The tomatoes start to disparage the lettuce, and no one will associate with the onions. Because they’re not forced to blend together, each thinks he or she is better than the others. The one thing those ingredients know for a certainty, though, because they’re taught so at our taxpayer funded schools, is that America is a bad place, and that traditional Americans — read: White Christians — are the problem.

The above is not just clever (I hope), opinionated writing. It is, in part, an amalgam of information I’ve been picking up over the years. It’s also a reflection of the type of workshops being taught this week at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) convention in Baltimore:

School board members ought to be particularly interested, because they approve the doling out of taxpayers’ money for K-12 teachers from every state to attend the NAME convention.

They ought to be welcome to sit in on any of the workshops and determine what multicultural messages their teachers are absorbing for use in the classroom.

The co-sponsors of multiculturalism’s biggest gathering include several beneficiaries of tax money, including the Maryland affiliate of the National Education Association (a longtime NAME ally), George Mason University and even the Maryland State Department of Education.

School board members could start by attending one of the half- or full-day workshops on Halloween. Here are some of the choices from the NAME program:

• “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Dismantling White Privilege and Supporting Anti-Racist Education in Our Classrooms and Schools.” Taught by a professor from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, this session “is designed to help educators identify and deconstruct their own white privilege and in so doing more deeply commit themselves to anti-racist teaching and critical multicultural teaching.”

• “Talking About Religious Oppression and Unpacking Christian Privilege.” This session, taught by a team of professors, “will examine the dynamics of Christian privilege and oppression of minority religious groups and nonbelievers as constructed and maintained on three distinct levels: individual, institutional and societal. A historical and legal lecturette will be presented and participants will engage in interactive learning modules.”

• “Beyond Celebrating Diversity: Teaching Teachers How to be Critical Multicultural Educators.” Taught by NAME regional director Paul Gorski, founder of the activist group EdChange, this session will start from the premise that multiculturalism’s greatest danger “comes from educators who ostensibly support its goals, but whose work – cultural plunges, food fairs, etc. – reflects a compassionate conservative consciousness rather than social justice. This session focuses on preparing teachers, not for celebrating diversity, but for achieving justice in schools and society.”

Workshops at NAME annual conventions (six of which I have attended since 1993) repeatedly advocate the teaching of “social justice.” That term never seems to be defined, but its users simplify all American life as a saga of the oppressed vs. the oppressors. Skin color, national origin, gender, religion and sexual preference are among the qualities that put all individuals into one category or the other.

You can be assured that these ugly concepts don’t stay confined to weekend boondoggles in Baltimore.  My daughter came home from school the other day and gave me a cheerful lecture about what wonderful environmentalists the Indians were, unlike the Americans, who trashed the environment.  I, in turn, felt obliged to give her a little talk about the fact that the Indians were not an industrial people, which accounted for their low level footprint.  We also talked about numbers of Indians versus space and resources.

More than that, I reminded her that Native Americans were and are people like any other people:  some good, some bad, some strong, some weak, some thoughtful, some thoughtless, etc.  I urged her to remember that, when the Native Americans are presented as nothing but good, that this is just how the schools like to teach things, and that an intelligent student remembers that the true picture is always richer and much more rounded — and, frankly, more interesting.  The fact that saints can be boring explains why so many stories, from earliest history to the present, like to start out with the saint as a sinner who finds redemption.

Hat tip: Mike Devx

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ ymarsakar

    It really does make for a wonderful vision, doesn’t it?

    I think that only someone who had once believed in such things could paint such a glorious picture of the illusion in question.

    The above is not just clever (I hope), opinionated writing. It is, in part, an amalgam of information I’ve been picking up over the years. It’s also a reflection of the type of workshops being taught this week at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) convention in Baltimore:

    All you got to do is to look at the Balkans and the various tribes in Iraq to recognize what happens without centural order, unity, and authority.

    They see chaos in Iraq and believe that they can achieve something better by inducing chaotic situations here in the US.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ ymarsakar

    In the end, though, they are perfectly okay with chaos, because they see no way to stop it. Just as they see no way to solve the problem of chaos in Iraq.

    Their solution, the nihilist solution, is to accelerate the rate of separation and entropy. By stirring things up so that everybody is equal to the other, chaos is furthered. It is only when one side is patently superior to the other, that order reigns supreme.

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  • Trimegistus

    We can bemoan this, but is anyone doing anything to STOP it? It seems we all recognize that our civilization is slowly committing suicide, but we’re not trying to get the razor away.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I think that it is very important to point to the crowning successes of all those societies that opted for a “salad bowl” rather than “melting pot” approach to culture and national identity. Societies like…oh…Belgium, Rwanda, Turkey, India, Mexico, Nigeria…I could go on. We should try to be just like them, right?

  • Mahlon

    If your talk with your child was anything like the ones I have with my kids, you felt compelled to also emphasize to your daughter that she should never accept, at face value, anything anyone says. And this goes for the things you say, too. She should listen to and consider statements by others, but she should verify the veracity of the assertions and match those facts against what else she knows about the world, and draw her own conclusions.

    This is the fundamental difference between people who want their children educated (i.e. taught to think), and those who allow their kids to be trained (aka indoctrinated). I am not afraid of the conclusions my children will reach. The multi-cultural pushers fear the process; they sell only their acceptable outcome and present it as fact.

  • http://ruminationsroom.wordpress.com/ Don Quixote

    Mahlon put his finger on the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives relish a healthy debate on the merits. Liberals fear such a debate and try their best to suppress it.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Tell the kid about the “drives” that the native Americans had – where they got an entire herd of bison running, and then funneled them over a cliff…..hundreds of dead bison!!

    Let’s see the environmentalist response to THAT!!

    Truth is that every culture exploits the environment to the extent of their technology, until they become rich enough to decide they want to “buy” some clean air and water, nice animals to look at (rather than eat), etc. We’re no different.

    The Bible says we are God’s “stewards” of the earth – if we took that seriously, we would care for the earth, without worshiping it. A nice change, it seems to me.

  • Danny Lemieux

    To Don Q’s and Mahlon’s point – I am afraid that we raised our kids to be total cynics and to actively seek the underlying fallacies in what people say. I am always amazed at what rot otherwise highly educated people will accept whole-hog at face value. My advice to others, ask first “what is wrong with that picture”.

  • Mahlon

    Danny – Total cynicism is better than the alternative foisted on our children by the left. Being dubious, but open and fair, must certainly be better than being gullible and naive. It sounds as though you merely taught your children of the pervasiveness of human bias.

  • Ellie

    I wish it were true that “Conservatives relish a healthy debate on the merits. …”

    Certainly many do. Certainly many if not most on this blog do.

    BUT, the loudest of the so-called Social Conservatives ” fear such a debate and try their best to suppress it” with the same fervor as the most fanatical Liberals.

  • Tap

    Really, Ellie? I’ve not noticed that, though it could be because it’s not on my radar.

    Liberals are so very blatant about suppressing debate and I’m am so disgusted by how successful they are at it that I notice it all the time.

    But we all are quick to see what we are looking for, so maybe I just haven’t noticed what you are talking about because I wasn’t looking for it. Do you have examples?

  • Mike Devx

    Danny Lemeiux says,
    I am always amazed at what rot otherwise highly educated people will accept whole-hog at face value. My advice to others, ask first “what is wrong with that picture”.

    That statement by Danny is as excellent a picture of rational skepticism as I’ve read anywhere. “What’s wrong with that picture?” is a fantastic way to examine anything we’re being told. Especially in an election year.

  • Mike Devx

    In addition to this NAME convention outrage, here’s some further info on what has been happening at the University of Delaware, where the students have had to participate, in their dorms, in discussions on the evil of American Whites. All students claim the sessions were presented as mandatory, though the university itself begs to disagree.

    A good link to catch up on the issue:
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/thefirecache/752.html

    What’s particularly disgusting is the content driving the discussions, as presented here:
    http://www.thefire.org/index.php/article/8545.html?PHPSESSID=470f1c92c6040c4251437c6301c4eec6

    I’ll give you one definition by its author, Shakti Butler (but read the whole thing, please!):
    A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)

    This is breathtaking stuff. The collectivism, the socialism, is amazing. First of all, note the last two sentences. Do you see the inclusion of “rage” in the last sentence, where it did not appear in the prior sentence? But all the other words did? Feeling a little bit RAGEFUL, aren’t we, Ms. Shakti Butler? Very revealing. If it’s rage, then it’s not discrimination, is it, since you used the OR word between them? Such a clever parser are you! (Hillary would be proud of such cleverness in speech.)

    If a black man buys a business, walks in, and immediately fires all the white people he sees… guess what! IT’S NOT RACISM! Even though this black fellow might be in the upper 1% of all wealth and influence of all Americans, it’s STILL NOT RACISM!

    Read the whole thing. Its collectivism, its socialism… its own raw, blind racism, is simply incredible to behold.

  • Mike Devx

    Apologies for one more note.

    Can you imagine if people such as Ms. Shakti Butler were in a position of power within your United States government? As a representative of the ultimate coercive power over your life?

    She clearly would join the ranks of all the vicious white racists who perpetrated their own crimes against black people. As they claimed innocence due to other cause, so should we. These people, the Shakti Butlers of the world, are the racists we must fear now, not the few white racists who mutter around in their corner of the world. She has the power now, not them. When’s the last time a white supremacist was able to command ALL the students at a university to participate in such an intense, hours-long mandatory group meeting? Fear her. Fear Ms. Shakti Butler. Fear HER.