Fox News reports students at Janney Elementary School in Washington, D.C. participated in a lesson called the “Anti-Racism Fight Club” in which white students acknowledge their “privilege” and use their own self-reflection to challenge family members, too.
The classroom lesson, which targeted children ages 4-9, happened late last year but it appears the controversy recently became public since more outspoken parents are pushing back on race-based lessons rooted in Critical Race Theory.
Janney Elementary is 72% white, 10% Hispanic, and 4% black the school’s website states.
According to the Fox News story, a guest speaker-author named Doyin Richards talked to children about racism and equity, and students went home with a copy of his “Anti-Racism Fight Club for Kids” book. The book drips with buzzwords and accusations associated with CRT, such as the claim “white people” seem to have an “invisible force field” around them because of the power they hold.
The book further states that “white privilege is something you were born with, and it simply means that your life is not more difficult due to the color of your skin.”
Elsewhere in the children’s version, the book asks students to do “true soul-searching” about their racism and it encourages the young reader to identify family members with “racist beliefs.”
The slippery, clever trick employed in Richards’ book, and by CRT theory itself, is to first declare that all white people are racist. That belief reflects the Marxist roots of the theory and its religion-like wokeness in which a white person acknowledges their innate racism, asks for forgiveness, and pledges to be what Richards and others call “anti-racist.”
But that is actually impossible, however, if white people are racists and cannot change as CRT also asserts.
In the case of Janney Elementary, that theory and its impossible demands were foisted on children.
Derrick Hollie of Project 21 tells AFN he could not believe a school literally encouraged students as young as four to reflect on their racism.
"Most children don't even know what the word 'race' is at the age of four,” he points out. “You are still wanting to be outside playing with your friends and video games. You're not thinking about race."