A Wisconsin school district is under fire after a parent exposed the content of a diversity class that allegedly promotes a critical race theory, teaching students that white people are oppressors and enjoy “white privilege,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes first reported.
Students at Delavan-Darien High School in Delavan, Wis. found themselves subjected to “indoctrination,” according to one parent.
“They’re teaching white guilt,” the parent, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.'”
The parent’s 18-year-old son was reportedly enrolled in the class and some of the handouts provided by the teacher concerned her. She said it felt like “indoctrination.”
“This is a radical left agenda and ideology that is now embedded in our school,” she said, adding that students were taught “if you’re white, you’re oppressing. If you’re non-white, you’ve been a victim.”
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According to handouts obtained by Fox News, “white privilege” was defined as “a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.)”
Students were also given a handout from University of Texas professor Robert Jensen arguing that people don’t have complete control over their fate.
“There is not space here to list all the ways in which white privilege plays out in our lives, but it is clear that I will carry this privilege with me until the day white supremacy is erased from society,” he wrote.
Students were also instructed to visit the toy aisle at Wal-Mart for a hands-on illustration of white privilege.
“They were told to go and count the number of dolls that were representative of blacks as opposed to whites,” the parent said. “It’s meant to divide and victimize non-whites and condition whites to feel guilty and to be more passive.”
The mother brought the objectionable material to school officials and also Superintendent Robert Crist.
Crist told Fox News that the mother’s “concern has merit.”
“A lot of red flags go up in my mind when I look at the materials,” he said.
He went on: “Ideally, you would want to present one theory that might be way on the left and another theory that may be way on the right and if you find one in the middle you can present that, too…Now you have a well-rounded discussion in my opinion.”
The course will not be taught again until the school district evaluates the course and its teachings, Crist said.
At the same time, Crist explained he doesn’t think the teacher intentionally tried to indoctrinate students.
“I’m out of an old-fashioned school,” he added. “I believe in helping kids understand the basic objectives of curriculum and not use some radical material to get a student to support some kind of a special theory.”
The parent is not as understanding. She told Fox News that her son got a job washing dishes over the summer and sometimes worked 10 hours a day.
“And then to have a teacher tell you that you have these unearned privileges — that because you are white somehow you infringe on other people’s rights. It’s really just awful.”