They feel free to show their narrow, obsessed, angry, bitter view of themselves and the world they live in.
As you all know, we spend millions of dollars each year feeding the diversity industry. We send out uniformed and civilian employees to conferences, and hire professional grievance mongers with advanced degrees in sectarianism and division to good positions. We then force our Sailors to be subjected to their venom and spite.
They never solve anything, why, that would put them out of a job. No, their job is to find something for people to suspect their Shipmates about ... and if they can't find anything, they'll make it up.
So, next time you are asked to spend some of your money to send someone to a diversity conference, some sectarian award ceremony sponsored by some ethnically discriminatory organization, or hire someone to fill a HR position with a certain academic background, make sure you know what you are getting in to. Make sure you know who they are influenced by, and what kind of stew they are soaking in - and what they will be bringing across your quarterdeck.
This isn't an April Fool's joke - I actually thought it was. It is ligit.
The city of Madison hosted the 15th annual national White Privilege Conference last week at the Monona Terrace to discuss issues of white supremacy, social justice, education and the Tea Party.No, you can't make this stuff up.
Our first account comes from the breakout session titled Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.
The session was facilitated by Kim Radersma, a former high school English teacher in California and Colorado. Radersma is currently working toward her Ph. D. in critical whiteness studies at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.
She said anyone who is going into teaching and education must be a political figure.Yea ... put her in your local public school system. Actually, you don't have to - people like her are legion.
"Teaching is a political act, and you can't choose to be neutral. You are either a pawn used to perpetuate a system of oppression or you are fighting against it," Radersma said during the session. "And if you think you are neutral, you are a pawn."
"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," Radersma said. "I have to everyday 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 to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way."
She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.
"We've been raised to be good. 'I'm a good white person,' and yet to realize I carry within me these dark, horrible thoughts and perceptions is hard to admit. And yet like the alcoholic, what's the first step? Admitting you have a problem, ... "If you don't want to work for equity, get the fuck out of education," Radersma said. "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."
Radersma said she taught a lower-level English class at the high school and her students were exclusively people of color. However, she said the Advanced Placement course in her school was almost all white and Asian students. Her principal observed class one day and commented on the difference in students between the two courses.
That experience, and the fact that her boss did not know how to tackle the problem, led her to leave the classroom and work toward her Ph. D. Radersma told the group she realized the problem was the institutionalized racist structure of education and her white privilege was causing the racial achievement gap.
"I came to higher ed to study. What is this problem that I'm scared of? I don't know what to do. My principal is scared of this. Where do I point? Who's at fault? My white body is at fault," she said. "My racial identity, as a white person who believes that I am somehow better or more deserving, is the problem."
Yes, we all should take a moment and pray not just for her ... but for the poor man who wakes up next to her. Maybe he needs to get together with TGMTDWS and go bowling.
"My partner, who is a man, can't tell you about feminism. He knows a lot about it. He considers himself a feminist, but you want to learn feminism from him? No," she commented during the session. "You need to learn feminism from a woman. You need to learn what it is like to be a woman from a woman. He can't teach that. I can't teach students of color nearly as well as a person of color can."Yep, she's a catch, she is.
Another topic of discussion was how white people's actions, like donating to charity or helping a family in need, are inherently racist. A white attendee of the conference told a story about how her family donated school supplies to one of her classmates when she was in first grade because the family could not afford them.I hope you're enjoying this opportunity to sniff around the diversity sauna ... you're paying for it.
The receiving family had moved from India, according to the attendee. While she was happy to be helping when it happen years ago, she was now questioning her family's motives.
"It was like 'well why don't you swoop in and save the day and give her all this stuff because we can afford to do that for them' kind of mentality," she said in the session.
Radersma agreed and said the family that was helped likely felt discriminated against.
The conference was paid for in part with taxpayer dollars. According to the Wisconsin Reporter, the conference received at least $38,000 from hotel room tax revenue, University of Wisconsin schools, and the City of Madison.How many people paying the $440 are getting that funding from government sources (i.e. taxpayers)?
In addition to taxpayer and private funding, individuals had to pay upwards of $440 to attend the four-day conference.
Once last note - admit it Skippy, you're sad you missed it.
Part Two of our coverage of the White Privilege Conference: "The Longer You are in the Tea Party, the More Racist You Become."