PORTLAND, Ore. – A lot of Oregon public school teachers receive “racial equity” training at the Oregon Center for Educational Equity (OCEE).
They are taught that the public education system is unfairly based on white cultural norms, to the benefit of whites and the detriment of blacks and other minority students.
They are also taught that the American capitalist economic system is designed to preserve wealth and power in the hands of white elites, and exclude people of color.
Whiteness, as they like to call it at OCEE, is definitely the enemy.
“…Many white people in Oregon have no idea that our schools and state are immersed in white culture and are uncomfortable and harmful to our students of color, while also reinforcing the dominant nature of white culture in our white students and families,” an OCEE conference manual says.
Some people probably assume that the “white privilege” lectures begin and end at the OCEE teacher training sessions. But apparently the folks at OCEE want the teachers who have completed the training to actively impose the philosophy in their daily dealings with colleagues, and be on the lookout for those who aren’t practicing it.
The website DaylightDisenfectant.com shared an email that was allegedly sent to at least some teachers who had been through the training by Kim Feicke, director of the OCEE.
“Where are the places that white folks take detours around having authentic conversations about race or around their own inadequacies or insecurities in such conversations,” Feicke wrote in the email.
She noted that her group had “led conversations around where whiteness shows up in classrooms and we left that space with a challenge to keep those conversations going as a part of ‘normal’ conversation in the school.
“I invite you to 1) do some detour spotting in both your work and personal life. Where and which ones do you see show up? And 2) keep on the lookout for where whiteness shows up, share that information with colleagues, and receive that information from colleagues with grace.”
“When we meet again … we’ll do some sharing around what you’ve discovered … and build that into some work around learning styles.”
As part of their ongoing effort to combat whiteness, the folks at OCEE have also published some free advice on how to avoid making intolerably white statements around people of color.
For instance, one shouldn’t say “America is a melting pot,” because that’s really telling people of color to “assimilate/acculturate to the dominant culture.”
One shouldn’t say “There is only one race, the human race,” because that’s “denying the individual as a racial/cultural being.”
Saying “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” is really code for saying “People of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race.”
And saying “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough” is just another way of saying “People of color are lazy and/or incompetent and need to work harder.”
If you do utter any of those unacceptable phrases, particularly in Oregon, you should be aware, because you may be reported to OCEE by the volunteer “whiteness” police.