Closing Schools to Indoctrinate Educators in ‘White Privilege’
“Racial justice work is the work of all of us.”
By longstanding tradition, on the third weekend in October, Minnesota schoolchildren are granted a four-day holiday so that their teachers can attend an indoctrination bootcamp—otherwise known as the “Minnesota Educator Academy” or “MEA”—sponsored by Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union. Billed by the union as an opportunity for professional development and for educators to connect with their colleagues across the state, the Academy is a poorly-disguised effort for leftists to further their agendas by promoting radical race theory and the progressive concepts of “white privilege” and “Islamophobia” to the individuals charged with educating our next generation.
The most recent MEA which was held last week in St. Paul was no exception and the conference itinerary made no effort to hide the political thrust of its efforts. The one-day conference kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., the co-founder and director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference.
Moore is a proponent of “equity” which is notably different from the concept of “equality” which was championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders during the 1960’s. While those who champion equality want to ensure equality of opportunity and equal rights under the law, those promoting equity want to ensure equal results. If black students are receiving poorer grades or more suspensions in schools than white students, proponents of equity declare that the school system must be racist, that its very structure and foundations are suspect, that it must be privileged towards whites—regardless of the many cultural, economic and sociological reasons why such disparities may exist.
An afternoon session at the Academy was devoted to the topic of “Muslims in the Classroom.”
“Learn the basics of what impacts Muslim students and their daily lives in the classroom. Aspects of diet, dress, gender relations, prayer, fasting and Muslim holidays are integral to this topic,” explains the conference guide. “The workshop is meant to help identify and address Islamophobia and Islamophobic bullying in the classroom.” According to FBI statistics, hate crimes against Jews are far more common than those committed against Muslims, but no comparable sessions on Judaism, Christianity, or other faiths were provided to educators at the MEA.