Workshops in White Privilege

To read and order David Horowitz and John Perazzo’s pamphlet, Black Skin Privilege, click here.

CNS News reports that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the state agency that purports to advance public education and libraries, recently promoted materials urging its white VISTA volunteers to obsess over the “privilege” their race apparently confers on them.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program whose members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, and strengthen community groups. DPI notes that its VISTA volunteers serve in schools that are culturally and racially diverse, and therefore DPI provides “multiple opportunities for training…that help the volunteers better serve the schools and communities in which they are placed.”

Part of that training apparently includes helping the white VISTA volunteers understand the degree to which they unknowingly have been “privileged” socio-economically by the color of their skin. Toward that end, the “VISTA Hub” of the DPI site includes a page devoted entirely to “Power and Privilege.” CNS News reported that the page included links to racial justice workshops and online tests where VISTA volunteers can “learn about your personal bias.” So begins the process of brainwashing the volunteers into believing that the invisible lubricant of a collective racial privilege they didn’t even know they had has greased their path to an imbalance of power and prosperity.

One of the “diversity” training documents linked to the site suggests that white people “wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.” It also suggests that white people ponder questions such as “How do I ignore privilege? What am I doing today to undo my privilege? How do I fool myself into thinking I am powerless?” For those white people who might find their thoughts drifting away from such self-flagellation during the day, here are its other suggestions for keeping unearned guilt in the forefront of one’s consciousness:

  • Set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege is working.
  • Put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege.
  • Make a daily list of the ways privilege played out, and steps taken or not taken to address privilege.
  • Find a person of color who is willing to hold you accountable for addressing privilege.

This newfound awareness shouldn’t end with you, however; it should extend to everyone you interact with: “Not only should you examine the kind of privilege you bring to your (work) site but also how power is distributed among the families, community members, and students you work with,” the “Power and Privilege” page said. Presumably the next step would be to work toward the redistribution of that power. At the top of the page, CNS notes, was a quotation from feminist Gloria Steinem that reads, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

That quote is gone now, as is all the other controversial material on the web page. It’s been replaced by an “Important Updated Message” claiming that the DPI has been the victim of “misconceptions and misinformation being spread by an out-of-state entity that has no connection with the work being done in public schools in Wisconsin.” The message doesn’t address why the DPI has a web page devoted to countering white “privilege” in the first place, indicating approval for such racist indoctrination; instead, it focuses entirely on distancing DPI from responsibility for only one aspect of the controversial training material – the white wristband worn as a reminder of race guilt:

First and foremost, and to be absolutely clear, no DPI official has asked, requested, or encouraged any school district, educator, or student to wear any wristband, and none of our VISTA volunteers have had any children put on any wristbands. To be clear, no Wisconsin students were given white wristbands.

The offending document may be gone from that DPI web page, but here it is, retrieved elsewhere from the Internet. It is attributed to a New Jersey organization called “Beyond Diversity Resource Center,” whose mission is “to build a society that sincerely honors individuals because of their cultural differences.” The site promotes a workbook on racial privilege for white people and The Anti-Racist Cookbook, a “recipe guide” for initiating conversations about race. Apparently they haven’t heard actor Morgan Freeman’s famous solution for combating racism: “Stop talking about it.”

Among the workshops about oppression and black incarceration offered by Beyond Diversity is one built around a book called Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality, which astonishingly argues that “the best way forward is to become more, not less, conscious of race” and “that colorblind policies actually worsen the problem of racial injustice.” The book is written by radical Tim Wise, who, as his page on the Freedom Center’s Discover the Networks site notes, finds the U.S. prison system racist and advocates reparations not only to the descendants of slaves, but to all “people of color.”

The Freedom Center has countered the race-obsessed left’s hateful – and by definition racist – construct of “white privilege” with a recent pamphlet, available online, by David Horowitz and John Perazzo called “Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream.” It points out that “the term ‘white skin privilege’ was first popularized in the 1970s by the SDS radicals of ‘Weatherman,’ who were carrying on a terrorist war against ‘Amerikkka.’” It has since become “an article of faith among all progressives, a concept that accounted for everything… racially wrong in America beginning with its constitutional founding.”

The pamphlet notes that the radical left’s goal is to ensure that “this collectivist view of guilt and debts that erases individuals and their accountability” becomes ingrained in the consciousness of white America, supposedly to level the socio-economic playing field for “people of color.” But as Horowitz and Perazzo observe:

In a free society composed of unequal individuals, the drive to level the playing field is a totalitarian desire and a threat to freedom because it empowers government to confiscate the talents and earnings of some for the benefits of those it favors.

Not equality for all, but for those the government favors. For the race-mongering left, the “white privilege” fabrication isn’t so much about redressing inequality as seizing power. So much for our “most-racial” President’s promise of a post-racial America.

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  • Western Candian

    This would be funny, if it were not criminal. One of the most vicious anti-black racists in europe in his era??? The swin, Karl Marx.

    • Western Candian

      Sorry, should be 'swine', not 'swin'.

    • Questions

      Actually, the "racism" of Marx was the most attractive thing about him. He got the blacks right. It was his totalistic dialectic of an eternal struggle between capital and labor that was off by a mile.

      • John

        The 1st Chinese man to visit France went crazy. Do we judge Chinese by him? Did he know if he was going to be able to see his homeland again, have a roof over his head & a warm meal after the novelty of him being a curiosity wore off? If he had been able to ship out and go home whenever he felt homesick would he have gone crazy.

        Many Jews a liberals because they arrived into large East Coast cities and did not immediately set out for the frontier to start farming. If Jews from Eastern Europe had come during 1800 to 1840 instead of later would the Jewish population today be as liberal? One could do a statistical study. Many Jews were already socialists before they left the old world. Socialism would have been attractive to any people who were not part of the ruling class, were discriminated against & had limited social mobility.

        Judge a black man by how he treats other when there is relative parity in economics, political power & military power. One may do this when one judges people in the Sahel trading with Arab merchants.

        Be careful about what you say. Neuro-scientists are close to having the brain figured out. Check the science mags. Within 10 years, 20 at the most, they will have tests for autism. They will have cures in a minority of cases. The point is you can say blacks are genetically inferior. That dog doesn't walk now & won't in the future at all. From a sociological context one could argue that gangs are similar to Anglo Saxon or Viking warriors in the customs.

      • Ghostwriter

        And you,Questions,continue to live in Stereotype Land. Not every black person is a savage. Wake up and smell the coffee. I live in the real world. You don't.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    One dare not underestimate the pernicious nature of leftist dogma, particularly as it embeds itself within all the power centers. In fact, straight from the indoctrinating halls of academia, they step it up a notch within gov't confines, as they march the new charges into leftist shock troops.

    NO one asks the real question: why is it that leftists/socialists are not called out in all their racist dementia, as they treat non-whites as less than human, even as they protest otherwise? Moreover, why is it that the real world's minority, Jews, is treated as a 'privileged' group, even as anti-semitism swirls the globe? Is it impossible to see that whites – whatever their religion – are the ones who have been smacked down for decades, due to affirmative action, a revers discrimination?

    Oh, never mind, leftist dogma is the same world over, and it can leap tall buildings and cross oceans too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • John Stone

      The real problem is not that these "leftists/socialists are not called out," but that we have a social system that puts them into power. Lacking a path to power they are noting but disgruntled eccentrics.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    One dare not underestimate the pernicious nature of leftist dogma, particularly as it embeds itself within all the power centers. In fact, straight from the indoctrinating halls of academia, they step it up a notch within gov't confines, as they march the new charges into leftist foot soldiers – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "…a New Jersey organization called “Beyond Diversity Resource Center,” whose mission is “to build a society that sincerely honors individuals because of their cultural differences.”"

    Say what?!? We don't want to transcend our differences. We want to choose "victims" (winners) and "oppressors" (losers).

    • Drakken

      The Balkanization of the West continues, it can only end very badly for those that push this leftist garbage.

  • Robin

    This is just prep work for the idea that as long as individualism is respected and economic liberty, there can be no genuine equality. Every aspect of the Common Core K-12 and higher ed "reforms" eventually tracks back to a view of Social Citizenship, a stress on the collective and what is called the Universal Love Principle (treat everyone as you would a family member), and a needs economy in a Cooperative Commonwealth instead of consumer free choice.

    It is why the most important document Harvard Ed School is pushing now is called the 10 Cs: A Model of Diversity Awareness and Social Change. Originally created in the 90s when these ed reforms were called Outcomes Based Education, it is back all over. I explained it here http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/making-race-a… . President Obama made Positive School Climate a requirement of all schools via Executive Order in July 2012. It may sound like a good thing and an anti-bullying strategy but it brings in the social and emotional curriculum and positive psychology to change what students are allowed to believe. That then gets reenforced with how the concept of Communities of Learners actually work. Forced to adhere to the consensus view and have those views measured by the poorly understood performance assessments like Texas' STAAR.

  • Robin

    Ohio State prof john a powell, who was a speaker at that White House summit on Regional Equity in 2011, has written that education must be used to destroy the concept of the unitary self. As I said, the most influential voices in education today truly hate capitalism and individuality. They intend to use the Common Core curricula, which will be mostly online and inaccessible to parents and taxpayers, and its new assessments, to push for "Internal transformations within the consciousness of each individual." Those changes are to be treated as Student Growth and Achievement. Neither term refers to knowledge anymore. Neither does Learning.

    I explained all that months ago here http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/distributive-… . Yesterday when I was following up on yet another Social Citizenship vision, the prof thanked a psychology prof on his acknowledgments page who created the PATHS-Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies–social and emotional learning curricula. The one now being sold as post-Newtown mental health first-aid.

    It is also being pushed on preschoolers. PATHS is also sold as an important component of a viable Community of learners that I mentioned above. The mention of race is just part of defining people in terms of their cultural identity in the future visions of education and society all over the West. Just as if our US Constitution did not exist.

  • LibertarianToo

    Proponent of the League of Nations, the proto-UN.

  • LibertarianToo

    So Wisconsin apparently knows which race is doing the unpaid labor / Vista volunteering.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    The Old Left did not push this hate whitey line, but tried to unionize black labor and criticized the very notion of "race.". It was the "anti-imperialist" race-conscious New Left (often Maoist) that pushed the white privilege line, leaving us with the worst race relations that I can recall since the antebellum period. I contrasted the two ways of being in the world here: I call it Babel vs. Sinai: http://clarespark.com/2013/03/18/babel-vs-sinai/.

    • ltcdmward

      Succumbing to either Babel or Sinai: Something anyone can do regardless of race. But they've got to first mentally escape from all the babble and begin actually using their head (eyes, ears, and brains), not their feelings and skin. Babel/babble so bad in some cultures that they have to physically escape. If all this babble keeps up there will eventually be no place to escape to and those that actually use their heads will be called barbarians or "savages" (as in 'Brave New World'). Or worse, Tea Baggers!

      • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

        You didn’t read the blog. It was a defense of “Sinai.” The whole point was to draw a clear difference between two approaches to language, mental health, and ultimately politics.

  • poetcomic1

    I never, ever imagined that I would feel called upon to think of my self as a 'white man' and feel loyalties to my white, European roots. In my youth, the idea would have seemed absurd. Thanks, America.

    • Drakken

      Well now the new left has made it so you have to identify and side with our own. I call this traitorous garbage for what it is, Balkanization, they will rue the day they pushed this garbage upon us.

    • Mary Sue

      Welcome to the awful world of Identity Politics

  • Erik

    I discovered this in my local public school district as well, and several others in Oregon. We need to get conservatives on local school boards to watch for this junk. http://seligman4schools.blogspot.com/2012/01/figh

  • tagalog

    Wear a white wristband? Why that? Why not a yellow star on the breast area? The latter is a time-tested identifier.

    How about black people wearing black wristbands? The black wristbands could signify their "victimhood."

  • Edward Cline

    "Find a person of color who is willing to hold you accountable for addressing privilege." Louis Farrakhan? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Eldridge Cleaver? Bobby Seale? Barack and Michelle Obama? But, wait! Why can't a white man hold any of them accountable for their own "privileges"? But, no, I guess that's not feasible. He could be charged with racism!

    • Dennis X

      You couldn't be Black for a day.

      • tagalog

        Sure I could. It's not like folks are calling you "ni**er" all the time (at least white folks aren't), and turning the fire hoses and the dogs on you. Black people, normal ones at least, live their lives pretty much like white folks do on a day-to-day basis.

        I want to snap my fingers at some doctor or lawyer and have them run to my side and bow and scrape on command. I want to be able to say that I want honest dialogue, then get offended when somebody speaks the truth, and shut them up.

        • Dennis X

          You have no clue.

          • tagalog

            I think YOU'RE the one who is clueless, making all kinds of presumptions and prejudgments based on race.

            Keeping in mind that one should walk a mile in the shoes of another in order to understand his plight, I note that I'll be a mile ahead of you and you'll be barefoot by the time you figure out that I've got your shoes.

      • Mary Sue

        Try being native Indian around HERE for a day.

  • kaz

    good idea. first a white wristband, then the concentration camps, then the gas chamber for us white subhumans. one question: who is going to liberate us from these new nazis?

  • Drakken

    Kaz, that is never going to happen because when push comes to shove, us Europeans/Americans have a really nice way of dealing with folks that try to eliminate us, by eliminating them first. We are no longer a melting pot, but a boiling pot, and when it boils over these leftist traitors will find out the hard way what happens to those that push us too far.

  • Aizeta

    Mayor mistakes in US history:
    Massive forced immigration (slavery) of africans to do what John Deere's invention could do just a few years later.
    Massive transfer of US $ to Middle East barbarians.
    Massive voluntary immigration (allowed by Gov.) from Hispanic Americas.
    Separated everyone is better off, remember the old saying:
    cuius regio eius religio

  • Dave

    His, or any era, seeing as he was the influential leader of a nation that fought a bloody, civil war that led to the abolishment of slavery just 50 years prior to his first term.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    re: "Workshops in White Privilege"____

    "Ah, yes. I used to do this" ~ Peter Sellers

    MARXISM 101. – The unintended consequence of the white guilt vote for Obama in '08 is in the impact it's had on those most hurt by the president's economic policies: poor urban blacks.

    In his book White Guilt: How Blacks & Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, Shelby Steele called white guilt "perhaps the greatest source of political, social and cultural power in the late twentieth century" (p. 96, Harper Collins, 2006).

    What Role Will White Guilt Play in the 2012 Election?
    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/what_role_
    Presiden OBAMA was elected to make up for America's never-ending guilt about black folks.____

    Workshops in White Privilege PAY for their own GUILT-TRIP. – - –
    ____ and SUPPORT 75% of their obsessional obsessional guilt trip'

    Today, instead of having to prove discrimination, Obama simply presumes a proven history of discrimination and compels employers to prove it ain't so.

    • Dennis X

      white people did not elect the President. He got the white female vote in 08 but did not capture the white male vote in 2008 or 2012.

  • Mickey mouse

    We whites don't have affirmative action or set asides, or quotas, or racial preferences in hiring. Or racial scholarships <based on race only>. We cannot qualify for minority loans in business or housing or education. Seems to me the ones with all the privies are the blacks and latinos. ITS JUST THE OPPOSITE OF THE TRUTH HERE IN USA. This is just a parcial list.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 03/19/13

    "Diversity" has become an idol for the far left. What is so innately wonderful about diversity anyway? The White useful idiots of this evil doctrine don't seem to realize that their own posteriors would be among the casualties if their desired "people's revolution" ever came about.

  • F.K. Juliano

    Give the guy with crap written all over his face 10 years in a labor camp and he would never worry about his "privilege" again. I know, the gulag is a leftist idea, but why not do to them what they want to do to us? And anyone who thinks the talk about white privilege is anything other than their thinly concealed desire to go Bolshevik on us is a fool.

  • RRR#3

    This is the purist form of racism that exists.

  • Ghostwriter

    The whole thing is stupid. This doesn't help race relations,it just pours more salt on the wound.

  • Kevin Stroup

    Notice how slowly but surely everthing "white" or "Western Civilization" is being held in contempt? Yes, whites were arrogant for a long time. We effectively ruled large parts of the world for about 200 years. But with that rule also came the rule of law, technology, resource management, technology, modern medicine, modern communication,international trade, etc. Conquers yes, but also modernizers. Now the communist want to throw it all away. What will replace it? Will it work as good? I doubt it. Moishe Pupik is correct. All this diversity talk is garbage. Many cultures have aspects to them that are just stupid. Do we have to love and nurture those idiotic aspects? Get real.