The San Diego Unified School District is reportedly offering a mandatory program to teachers in which they commit to being “antiracist.”
“White Privilege Training,” according to documents obtained by journalist Christopher F. Rufo, reveal that teachers must accept that their unconscious bias is perpetuating racial superstructures and that they will feel “guilty, anger, apathy [and] closed-mindedness” during training sessions.
Teachers are also required to acknowledge they are living on land that was stolen from Native Americans and to watch lectures of White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo and How to be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi.
Subsequently, teachers are told they are racist and “upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies” prior to committing to becoming “antiracist in the classroom.”
In a statement to Fox News, Maureen Magee, the school district's spokeswoman, said San Diego Unified has a white minority, so it’s important that teachers learn how to be antiracist.
“We are a majority-minority district with a majority white teacher workforce,” she said. “The ability to hold honest conversations about race with grace is important, which is why we offered the training and why so many teachers elected to enroll. Our students benefit from being able to talk about race and other difficult issues, regardless of their background.
Magee added: “Most of all, we believe every open and sincere conversation about race – no matter how it begins – provides an opportunity to learn from one another, for hearts to open, and for minds to grow."
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