Segregation is a regular practice at an elite K-8 private school in Manhattan, according to a report by the New York Post.
Black and white children as young as six, at the Bank Street School for Children, are put in separate rooms and taught very different things. The black students are provided a "dedicated space" to "feel embraced" by minority instructors who will listen to them "share experiences about being a kid of color" and to "voice their feelings."
The white kids, on the other hand, are presented with myriad ways their lives are tied to "privilege" and made aware of "the prevalence of Whiteness." They are also challenged on the false "notions of colorblindness" and "assumptions of 'normal,' 'good' and 'American.'" In addition, they are taught to "understand and own European ancestry and see the tie to privilege" and "learn models of White anti-racist advocates."
These are taken from a classroom slide labeled "Goals" that was obtained by The Post.
Parents with children enrolled at the school spoke to the paper on the condition of anonymity. Here is what they had to say:
"Ever since Ferguson, the school has been increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum."
"One hundred percent of the curriculum is what whites have done to other races. They offer nothing that would balance the story. Any questions they can’t answer they rationalize under the pretense of ‘institutional racism,’ which is never really defined.”
Making matters worse, many of the white kids are coming home with tears, saying, "I'm a bad person," according to the parents. The children are also resentful that the black kids return to the classroom eating cupcakes that aren't offered to them.
It's not surprising that this program is headed by a social justice activist, Anshu Wahi, who is the "director of diversity" for the private school. She didn't respond to The Post's request for comment but the report pulled from recorded conversations and handouts between her and parents that give much insight into what she believes. Perhaps the most shocking belief she holds is that white babies are born racist. From the report:
She believes the answer to racism is teaching white kids to see race in everything — a process called “white racial socialization.”
Forget teaching them to be color-blind — that’s a cop-out, she suggests, an excuse to ignore the hardships of people of color. It’s also a “tool of whiteness” to perpetuate the “oppression” of people of color, according to one paper she recommends parents read.
Wahi believes even white babies display signs of racism, so she encourages parents to talk to their kids about race as early as kindergarten, making them hyper-aware of racial differences, and even “examine your own whiteness.”
She defends segregating minority children by race by arguing they need a safe place where they can share their “ouch moments,” including subtle but offensive white comments known as “micro-aggressions.”
Wahi specifically wants to counter those "well-intentioned peers" who have told their peers that "their skin looks like the color of poop," as she stated in a handout to parents.
One of her classroom activities upset some of the parents when she decided to show the PBS documentary Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which glorified the violent movement and made its founder, cop-killer Huey Newton, a martyr, as is noted in the report.
But perhaps more egregiously is the way Wahi responded after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, sending parents a message a few days after the terror attack telling them to "be mindful of stereotypes and dangerous ideas [about] Arabs (and) Muslims." If that's not bad enough, she linked to a Salon article titled, "Let's hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American."
Bank Street is not the only private school in New York doing this. Several others are following suit, ensuring all white children have a deep-embedded sense of white guilt while their brains are still developing.
Click here to see several handouts and course curriculum featured at The Post.