This article in the New York Times reads like a parody of a deluded, self-hating European. Unfortunately, it's not a parody. It's the real thing.
Last year at this time, my 7-year-old was running around singing the praises of George Washington. I was happy to see her so engaged with what she’d learned at school. But I was dismayed that the peace-and diversity-centered curriculum she gets at her public school had left her with such a one-dimensional view of history.
...“Well,” I said, “you know how you’ve been running around here celebrating George Washington? We always talk about George Washington fighting for freedom. But George Washington also owned black people as slaves.”
Her intrigue turned to horror.
...Of the many dangers this presidency poses, one of the greatest is deep damage to our children’s perceptions of race, gender and other kinds of difference.
...At worst, the consequences are akin to what happens when you breathe in polluted air. Not realizing the pollution is there doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you. White children are exposed to racism daily. If we parents don’t point it out, show how it works and teach why it is false, over time our children are more likely to accept racist messages at face value. When they see racial inequality — when the only doctors or teachers they see are white, or fewer kids in accelerated classes are black, for example — they won’t blame racism. Instead, they’ll blame people of color for somehow falling short.
...One-dimensional, generic teachings are tempting. They feel easier and safer. That’s the only reason my daughter’s school would settle for partial truths about George Washington. But raising children who are resilient for justice and able to do their part to create an inclusive society takes more, especially now.
And it’s not as hard as it might seem. After I told my daughter the whole story, she asked, “If Washington held slaves, why do we celebrate him as if he was such a great man?” What a good question — one that allowed us to engage in moral reasoning together.Jennifer Harvey, a professor of religion at Drake University, is the author of “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation.”
This is child abuse. Parents have a basic responsibility to raise their children so that they can cope with the challenges of life. Instead, this mother is instilling a sense of pathological guilt into her child, one that will render him incapable of defending his own interests or those of his people. He will be surrounded by grasping ethnic aliens who will have had an aggressive sense of grievance instilled into them by their parents. And, paralysed by the ethical inhibitions his mother foolishly taught him, he will face them helpless and unarmed.