Middle school forces "diversity" training over unsubstantiated claims of racism and how that sort of thing led to Buffalo shooting
First, my apologies for a title as long as the line of people who despise Amber Heard. It simply had to be done.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk a bit about Kirkland Middle School in Kirkland, Washington. It seems that some hinky stuff went on there with some “diversity” education the students received.
Kirkland Middle School (KiMS) used wholly unsubstantiated claims about hate speech on campus to justify left-wing equity training for kids. What’s worse, the school appears to have cooked up data to justify the training after it had already begun. The incorrect data may have been used to address the complaints of two parents who questioned the hate speech claims.
According to emails shared with the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, KiMS principal Niki Cassaro alleged there was “an increase in the use of racial and identity slurs.” She said the incidents were occurring across all grade levels and were “pervasive rather than a single isolated incident.” Consequently, the school conducted student training to discuss the importance of diversity and the dangers of hate speech and slurs. The district, through a spokesperson, confirmed the training came “in response to a trend” about biased behavior.
Except, after a couple of parents pressed the issue, it turns out there’s little to no evidence of there being any such trend.
After the kids were forced into this training, they were given a survey—after they’d been primed to think of things a certain way, mind you—where there was some additionally hinky stuff.
The student survey was anonymous and asked a number of personal questions, including inquiring about the gender identities of the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and whether or not they felt safe and respected at school. A total of 483 students answered the question.
For the most part, the prompts about bias in school are non-controversial, such as “I feel respected by my peers…” followed by “yes,” “no,” and “sometimes.” But the students went into the survey right after being presented with left-wing claims of bias. If a white student told a black student that she didn’t experience white privilege, if the black students felt slighted by the “lack of awareness,” it would be a form of bias that could be affirmatively answered in the survey.
But one prompt popped out to students and their parents.
The prompt said, “I have heard someone use a form of hate speech or say derogatory remarks at…” followed by only three answers: “School,” “During extracurricular activities,” and “In the community.” Students were not able to provide an answer indicating they had not heard hate speech or derogatory remarks.
Which, of course, sets students up to answer something, since that’s what they’re expected to do at school all the time.
Later, the results of the survey were used to justify the training, with school officials making the case that the survey proved there was a problem.
Please, go read the original post. It’s much longer than I can really get into here, yet it’s still a troubling issue.
However, in the wake of Buffalo, I’ve looked at stuff like this a little differently.
See, in 2008 and again in 2012, this “deeply racist” country elected a black man to be President of the United States. He won over white guys, even.
Yet at that time, criticism of the president was labeled “racist,” because there was no reason to criticize the liberal policies of a liberal Democrat president except for the color of his skin. I mean, besides all those horrible policies he tried to push through.
Anyway, since then, we’ve been told there’s a growing and more severe threat to our nation than just about anything else, and that’s domestic extremism, particularly racist extremism.
We keep hearing about supposed hate crimes—often not hearing that the crime was a hoax from the mainstream media that assaulted our eyes and ears with the original report, despite that being the majority of the cases—and just how much our nation hates minorities.
Yet, like with Kirkland Middle School, I’m not convinced that’s really the case. We have assertions by people with a vested interest in racism being so prevalent, but little hard information backing those assertions up.
“But what about Buffalo?” someone might ask. “Isn’t that evidence enough?”
See, my hypothesis is that Buffalo isn’t the result of some massive amounts of racism, but is instead the result of people arguing that racism is far more prevalent than it truly is.
Allow me to explain.
You have this little twerp sitting at home. He’s screwing around on the internet and hits some of the cesspools of the old web. He finds himself being exposed to ideas about minorities that he’s long heard were wrong, but…
Well, you see, he keeps hearing about how so many people are racist. If that many people are racist, maybe him entertaining these thoughts isn’t the most horrible thing on Earth. Especially since the media has been bombarding him with messages that he’s already racist whether he knew it or not.
So, he decides to embrace it. After all, the “experts” keep saying this is what most white Americans think anyway, right?
In other words, had the media not bombarded us with claims that the US is so racist, it’s possible the Buffalo shooter might not have ever considered racist views and 10 people would still be alive.
What happened at Kirkland Middle School is a microcosm of what we see day in and day out via both the mainstream media and social media. It gives the impression that racism is actually a mainstream idea, one shared by an alarming number of people.
Because of that, impressionable people may be more likely to take up that ideology because they don’t think they’re alone in such corrupt thinking. After all, they’re now part of the majority.
Or, you know, maybe not.
I’m mostly spitballing here. It’s an idea that I had that I believe has some merit, but it’s impossible to prove or disprove.
Still, I can’t imagine the constant barrage of claims has done much to dissuade anyone from becoming a racist in the first place, but it probably has helped boost recruitment numbers at white supremacist groups.
It’s not a stretch to imagine that, from there it’s not a huge leap to helping create a mass murderer, now is it?