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Open Mind or Empty Head? Children in Minnesota schools forced into "conversations about race"
American Thinker ^ | 05/27/2011 | John Bennett

Posted on 05/27/2011 7:02:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

There is a difference between an open mind and an empty head.  But not everyone agrees.  At Harambee Elementary in Maplewood Minnesota, kindergarteners are starting their indoctrination early.  The Star Tribune reports that at this school, "A 'community cultures specialist' tours classes to make sure students are working across racial lines and learning about multiple world view perspectives."

This absurd social engineering could be an object of humor and ridicule, if we weren't all paying for it.  That's right: The Star Tribune reports that "federal grants" help fund this aggressive indoctrination of small children.

Harambee Principal Kristine Black says, "We don't shy away from having conversations about race and the way we treat each other."  Of course, kindergarteners are usually not full participants in any conversation, especially a conversation about race.  But that's the entire idea.  A "conversation about race" has never meant a real conversation.  So when the principal says the students have conversations about race, what she means is that the staff imparts fairy tales to the students.  "Conversation about race" has always meant minorities griping about their own failures and perceived injustices.

Linguist Dr. John McWhorter, who has taught at Cornell and Berkeley, notes that "conversation about race" actually means a one-sided lecture.  McWhorter, who is black, says that the phrase "conversation about race ... means that black people have something to teach white people if white people would just sit and listen."  That is exactly the sense in which kindergarteners at this Minnesota school have a conversation about race.

And what kind of educational results are parents getting from this bizarre indoctrination?  These children are getting the best multicultural education that taxpayer money can buy, but their reading and math scores compare poorly with the "regular" school districts nearby.  Twenty-five million dollars was spent on 13,000 students in one year.  We are dousing children with every frenzied PC dogma and educational fad imaginable, and nothing works.  Minnesota's experiment with social engineering has turned out so poorly that the legislature cut funding for the "integration districts."

The worldview behind these indoctrination programs is well-known by now.  Thomas Sowell, among others, has explored the worldview at length in his classic The Vision of the Anointed.  The educators at this and many schools believe that they have special knowledge about human nature and society, and they are going to reshape society to meet their vision of fanatical equality of results and multiculturalism.  Some parents, who obviously share this worldview, see value in the education their children are receiving.  Demond Bryant, an African-American, has two children at the Harambee school.  "My children have gained a certain level of confidence and they're comfortable around all types of people," he said.  Who needs a quality education when you can have cheap ethnic chauvinism and racial conditioning?  For such parents, results don't matter.  But other parents and taxpayers might ask whether schools like that are worthwhile investments.

School officials reportedly said that "[s]tudent achievement wasn't an explicit goal of the integration schools in the beginning."  Many people with common sense would hear that and think that the school was designed to fail.  If "student achievement," of all things, "wasn't an explicit goal," then where does student achievement fit in to this school's mission?  As an implicit goal?  As an incidental goal of proper indoctrination?  The liberals don't intend schools to fail; they just have a set of priorities that predictably result in failure or mediocrity.  Their obvious priority is to indoctrinate students and produce rigid multiculturalists.  Reading and mathematics might be taught in the process.

Some might find it shocking that a school was built around goals other than student achievement.  What other goal is lofty enough to be the guiding principle of the educational institutions shaping our children's future?  Diversity, of course!  Yes, diversity, that word which means everything and nothing all at the same time.  Diversity, the idea that white people are not good enough unless they have non-whites around them, and that non-whites will never amount to anything unless they are mixed in with whites.  We are all forced to pledge allegiance to diversity and claim that it strengthens us, when in fact diversity is a failure.

Those nations who have endured multiculturalism the longest have come to reject it.  Consider the accumulated wisdom of the educated and experienced people of Western Europe; Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel declared last year that multiculturalism in Germany had "utterly failed," French President Nicolas Sarkozy also recently claimed that multiculturalism is "clearly" a "failure."  British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to "state multiculturalism" as a "failed" policy.  You can be sure that these leaders are voicing popular ideas that have long been silenced or ridiculed by elites in those nations.  Diversity does not make us stronger, and it does not succeed, even when social engineers can impose it on kindergarteners.

John Bennett is a law student at Emory University in Atlanta, and a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: District of Columbia; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: arth; brainwashing; minnesota; publicschools; race

1 posted on 05/27/2011 7:02:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Conversations about race” is such a farce.

It’s really a one-way discussion of how bad whitey is.

A real “conversation about race” would include

“why, with all the provisions in the law, the special set asides and privileges bestowed upon minorities, are they still resentful of whites? Why is the crime rate so way out of proportion?”


2 posted on 05/27/2011 7:05:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Indeed. It is always a monologue lecture that the white race is the devil and all other groups are oppressed saints.


3 posted on 05/27/2011 7:08:19 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: SeekAndFind

standing in line at a city bureau, I said hello to a little African American child in line with an African American adult male who I assumed to be the child’s father. The child just looked back at me.

The father said, “He has to deal with Caucasions at school.” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As if that explained anything.

Wow. I felt the hatred.


4 posted on 05/27/2011 7:14:12 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: MrB

how about a conversation about math, science, english, spelling, biology, astronomy, languages...

school is for knowledge, not this PC crap. De-fund the fed dept of ED now!.


5 posted on 05/27/2011 7:18:51 AM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: SeekAndFind
"Linguist Dr. John McWhorter, who has taught at Cornell and Berkeley, notes that "conversation about race" actually means a one-sided lecture. McWhorter, who is black, says that the phrase "conversation about race ... means that black people have something to teach white people if white people would just sit and listen." That is exactly the sense in which kindergarteners at this Minnesota school have a conversation about race. "

I'm not sure I can respond to that without...
6 posted on 05/27/2011 7:26:02 AM PDT by allmost
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To: MrB

A one-way conversation is called a “lecture”


7 posted on 05/27/2011 7:29:14 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: yldstrk

If I were he, I would have insisted my child reply respectfully to the adult who had just spoken to him/her. Instead, that “father” was reinforcing hatred for whites in the child’s mind.


8 posted on 05/27/2011 7:40:06 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Setting race relations back 50 years.


9 posted on 05/27/2011 7:47:47 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: SeekAndFind

We’re all basically mutts anyway, within a few generations that vast majority of Americans will be mixed-race anyways, so the point will become moot.


10 posted on 05/27/2011 7:50:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just completing the book “Liberal Fascism”. It should be required reading.

All of this makes perfect sense when you understand the history.


11 posted on 05/27/2011 7:58:58 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows math, computers, money, missles, pizza, hamburgers & Coca-Cola #Nerds4Cain)
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To: allmost
This is Minnesota. Theirs was the first state in the US to pass a civil rights law ~ to protect the Norwegians from the Swedes.

Sounds like nothing has changed.

12 posted on 05/27/2011 8:01:33 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
"Conversation about race" has always meant minorities griping about their own failures and perceived injustices.

Yes.

13 posted on 05/27/2011 8:04:45 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: AppyPappy

In hindsight, I would have used the word lecture in my description.

“Sit there, whitey, while I tell you how bad you are, and nothing should come out of your mouth except obsequious apologies.”


14 posted on 05/27/2011 8:05:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: muawiyah
Okay. So you say. This is normal.

Define 'normal' please. Child harassment just feels good so it's a great anger release against defenseless white children. Is that your normal?
15 posted on 05/27/2011 8:19:07 AM PDT by allmost
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To: MrB

Money is always expected as well


16 posted on 05/27/2011 8:33:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: allmost

If somebody said “normal” go find them. I didn’t say “normal” in regard to anything in Minnesota.


17 posted on 05/27/2011 12:10:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Point taken. Jesse Ventura is an excellent example. If I had an attitude it was the bs article, not attempting to be asinine towards you.
18 posted on 05/27/2011 4:10:24 PM PDT by allmost
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To: SeekAndFind

They cant force people to accept other races. You either do it or you dont.
No amount of teaching can make you not be a bigot.


19 posted on 05/28/2011 3:34:42 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: MrB

I am proud of my white heritage, but I am not a goofball Kluxer or skinhead.
They can be proud of their race as well, just dont preach that white people are devils or that will just cause more division.
Or maybe that is what these people wanted all along.If people got along without worrying about race, they would be forced to get a real job instead of mooching off the taxpayers.


20 posted on 05/28/2011 3:38:05 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: allmost

McWhorter is on your side in this—he’s pointing out the absurdity and double meaning.


21 posted on 05/28/2011 3:55:07 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Yorlik803; MrB
I am proud of my white heritage

I think it makes more sense to be proud of accomplishments and achievements. I suppose that if I'd done nothing worthwhile in my life, taking pride in my skin color might be a consolation, but it would not make me any less useless.

22 posted on 05/28/2011 4:00:41 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: muawiyah

(This is Minnesota. Theirs was the first state in the US to pass a civil rights law ~ to protect the Norwegians from the Swedes.)

It was the other way around. The Swedes only outnumbered the Norwegians three or four to one so they had to have protection.


23 posted on 05/28/2011 5:34:26 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Islam is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: W. W. SMITH

Who could tell?


24 posted on 05/28/2011 5:39:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
They all so had to pass a law protecting the rest of the state from the seventeen Finlanders that moved in.
25 posted on 05/28/2011 5:41:28 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Islam is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: SeekAndFind

This whole “diversity” thing has gotten way out of control. Multiculturalism has no place in schools or in America for that matter. America itself has a rich culture that draws from elements brought here by people of all races. In this regard, the culture of America is unique and the cultural achievements of any American should be a signpost of unity.


26 posted on 05/28/2011 7:12:27 AM PDT by Vaporware
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To: allmost
Not much response called for. McWhorter says it all.
27 posted on 05/28/2011 10:44:54 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: metmom; wintertime

More political correctness in the public schools.


28 posted on 05/28/2011 3:44:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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29 posted on 05/28/2011 5:17:44 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tax-chick

“I think it makes more sense to be proud of accomplishments and achievements”

I agree...but I do take some “pride” in the accomplishments of those that are the same race as myself...two come to mind; the light bulb since I like to see at night, and peanut butter (I love my peanut butter). This might confuse some people since one was invented by a person with light skin and one was invented by a person with dark skin. But both of them were part of the human race and as such are part of the same family (human family) that I belong to.

I pray that the day will come soon that we stop accepting the lie that there are different “races” and that we realize the truth that we are all related...God’s Word makes this clear, and science is now supporting this through the study of genetics...


30 posted on 05/28/2011 7:30:21 PM PDT by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: Brookhaven

Bingo. I read that a couple of years ago. It explains much in this area.


31 posted on 05/28/2011 8:43:23 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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32 posted on 05/28/2011 9:53:52 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Just one more good reason for homeschooling when you can!

GEEEEEEEEEZ!


33 posted on 05/28/2011 10:03:43 PM PDT by LUV W (RUN SARAH...RUN!)
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To: Tax-chick
"I think it makes more sense to be proud of accomplishments and achievements. I suppose that if I'd done nothing worthwhile in my life, taking pride in my skin color might be a consolation, but it would not make me any less useless." (Tax-chick; 2011)

I really like that statement Tax-chick, and I'm storing it into the old "memory bank" for later use.

Thank you! :~)

34 posted on 05/28/2011 10:48:59 PM PDT by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: WorldviewDad; voteNRA

I think you’ve got the right idea, because you’ve put “pride” in quotes. Our faith tells us to be very careful about pride - it is something dangerous, because it leads us away from being grateful to our Father for everything.

Even if I’ve done something really outstanding, I should give God the glory ... and certainly if an ancestor, or a person from the same country, or someone who looks similar, has an achievement, that doesn’t put me in a position to be proud. Grateful, as we all should be for the electricity (and antibiotics ;-), or respectful, or appreciative, of the accomplishments or simply the endurance of our fellow humans, but not to set myself above others for any reason.


35 posted on 05/29/2011 4:26:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Education is far too important to leave in the hands of government educators.

Homeschool - as if your children’s lives depended on it.


36 posted on 05/29/2011 4:54:17 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: EGPWS

All in the name of “diversity”...what a crock!


37 posted on 05/29/2011 8:12:24 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: muawiyah

The accent don’t chya know.


38 posted on 05/29/2011 8:22:57 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: MplsSteve

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2725727/posts #13 ~ is actually a MINNESOTA POST if you want to know. It’s about when Spain divided up America between itself, France and England. The West Bank of the Mississippi stayed with Spain ~ and so did an awful lot of other stuff to the North!


39 posted on 05/29/2011 9:18:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: yldstrk

that explanation doesn’t make any sense... you must have been dumbstruck — so would I!


40 posted on 05/31/2011 1:01:01 AM PDT by Cronos (Libspeak: "Yes there is proof. And no, for the sake of privacy I am not posting it here.")
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