Monday, December 21, 2020

The racialists equality of outcome absurdity at The Dalton School

The Dalton School, an elite school in New York City, is reportedly experiencing a "race meltdown" over anti-racist demands by teachers that some are calling "extreme" and "insane."

The Dalton School is an elite K-12 preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that has an exorbitant tuition of $54,180, but also prides itself on being extremely progressive. Jim Best, the head of the school, declared that he has "committed Dalton to becoming a visibly, vocally, structurally anti-racist institution."

The school's website has a "Commitment to Anti-Racism" page, where it outlines it's "anti-racism vision." The objectives include: "All Dalton students will have a deep historical understanding of racial and structural inequities in the U.S., and particularly the history of anti-black racism." 

Despite the prep school already committed to anti-racism, the teachers at the Dalton School are allegedly demanding the institution be even more committed to anti-racism. The New York Post reported on the eight-page "anti-racist manifesto signed by dozens of faculty members with a sweeping list of demands."The purported demands, some based on critical race theory, include:

  • Hiring 12 full-time diversity officers, and multiple psychologists to support students "coping with race-based traumatic stress."
  • Assigning a staffer dedicated to black students who have "complaints or face disciplinary action," and a full-time advocate to help black kids "navigate a predominantly white institution."
  • Paying the student debt of black staffers upon hiring them.
  • Requiring courses that focus on "Black liberation" and "challenges to white supremacy."
  • Compensating any student of color who appears in Dalton promotional material.
  • Abolishing high-level academic courses by 2023 if the performance of black students is not on par with non-blacks.
  • Requiring "anti-racism" statements from all staffers.
  • Overhauling the entire curriculum, reading lists and student plays to reflect diversity and social justice themes.
  • Divesting from companies that "criminalize or dehumanize" black people, including private prisons and tech firms that manufacture police equipment or weapons.
  • Donating 50 percent of all fundraising dollars to NYC public schools if Dalton is not representative of the city in terms of gender, race, socioeconomic background, and immigration status by 2025.

Colin Wright, managing editor Quillette, posted some of the demands on Twitter. He wrote, "The Dalton School in Manhattan is having a race meltdown. Teachers are holding the school for ransom with demands, but they're so extreme the school will crumble if they give in. But they'll crumble if they don't, too!"


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