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Only white people can be racist, at least according to the Seattle public school system. Here’s how they define racism:
The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by the members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites).
By this definition, if a white person were murdered simply for being white, it could not be considered a racist act.
The school system also says that “emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology” is a form of “cultural racism.” In other words, if you believe that group privileges should not be placed above the rights of individuals, you are a racist. The only way not to be a racist is to embrace a “collective ideology,” which throughout history has been better known as communism or socialism.
I’m sure if you asked the teachers in Seattle whether they were indoctrinating their students, they would deny it adamantly. But all you need to do is read their definition of racism to see how they’re steering students into their preferred ideology. Individualism is bad. Collectivism is good. Only whites can be racist.
I wonder what Seattle’s educrats would make of this quote:
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
According to the definitions above, speaking in favor of capitalism or individual rights can be considered racist speech. If the Seattle teachers’ union were in a position to decide what constitutes hate speech, a large part of America would be found guilty.
Now you know why I oppose hate speech laws so strongly. The result will not be to stamp out hate, but to impose thought conformity. Hate can’t be eradicated by decree; it can only be eliminated by an awakening of the heart. And I don’t think that teaching a generation of students that only white people can be racist is a good formula for reducing whatever number of truly racist honkies there might be in this country.