According to local media sources, students at the Bank Street School For Children are separated by race for lessons on diversity. White students, starting from age 6, are told “they’re born racist.” Meanwhile, in other rooms, students of color are “taught to feel proud about their race” before returning to the main classroom, munching on cupcakes and other treats.
The concept is as interesting as it is controversial. But I don't believe that racism is embedded in a child's DNA. It is a learned behavior.
White parents, even liberal ones, are angry that the K-8 school makes their children feel guilty about being White.
Some have managed to obtain the schools slide presentation, "novel approach to fighting discrimination,” operated by Bank Street’s Director of Diversity
Wahi, who has been described as a “longtime social activist,” referred questions about the program to the school’s communications office. But there has been no response to its request for comments.
A handout that Wahi sent to parents, which explained that the school gives students of color “a space to talk about shared experiences” in a society that discriminates against them.
But white guilt is something that can never be taught and even sustained because we live in a country that was designed, and built on the concept of white privelege.