Seattle Tells Its White Teachers to ‘Bankrupt’ Their Privilege and Acknowledge Their ‘Thieved Inheritance’

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Washington’s trying to improve its education system.

To that end, the state’s largest public school district is reportedly instructing white teachers to “bankrupt their privilege” by keeping a classroom focus on social justice.

This, according to CityJournal writer and Discovery Institute Christopher F. Rufo.

On Friday, Christopher posted to Twitter a series of allegedly leaked documents from Seattle Public Schools.

Front and center: critical race theory training for its molders of young skulls.

The slides ask teachers how they’ll promote racial justice at work, but first, they’re informed everyone’s “on the ancestral lands and traditional territories of the Puget Sound Coast Salish People.”

Beyond that, they issue a Stolen Labor Acknowledgement:

We want to recognize that the United States was built off the stolen labor of kidnapped African and enslaved Black people’s work, which created the profits that created our nation.


We also recognize the Brown labor currently happening in California and across this country. They are working under terrible air quality conditions, with wildfires burning over 1.2 million acres of land, in addition to the pandemic; to pick strawberries for your smoothies.

As noted by The Daily Caller, the Creative Team identifies itself — by name, race, and pronouns.

One member hails from the Department of Racial Equity Advancement.

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Here’s the Caller on what they created:

Another slide features author Zaretta Hammond, who has written a book entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” which guides teachers on interrupting “implicit bias” in the classroom so they can build trust with “diverse” students. The slide pulls a quote from the book that calls on teachers to “commit to the journey” by checking implicit biases. Another slide shows a quote from Hammond’s book describing how “your lizard-brain” will “freak out” when it’s time to talk about sensitive subjects like racism and sexism, a neurological mechanism that tries to keep people in their comfort zones.

Under Bankrupt Your Privilege, the instructional tells white people what’s what:

Let’s take this moment as an opportunity to translate our feelings into actions that protect and cultivate Black futures. … For others, it’s time to bankrupt your privilege in acknowledgement of your thieved inheritance.

One slide points out, “Whiteness, the centrality of whiteness and the possession of white skin are assigned considerable power and privilege in our society.”

The training appears to separate everyone into two groups.

White people “ultimately…[have] the greatest responsibility to a relationship,” and “reflection and self-interrogation are critical.”

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On the other hand:

If you experience marginalization, part of your responsibility is to take care of yourself, practice self-empathy and centering the importance of your feelings.

Teachers also get the low-down on government.

Part of the training involves a conversation on “spirit murder,” which is done to “the souls of Black children every day through systemic, institutionalized, anti-Black, state-sanctioned violence.

So what’s the long and short of it all for white people?

If you’re pale, Seattle’s got questions:

How are you anti-racist outside the classroom?

In what ways are you practicing anti-racist pedagogy?

How do you talk about the current social justice movements taking place?

What are you willing to risk for racial justice as an educator?

What are you willing to risk for racial justice as an educator?

What is getting in your way?

What are you afraid of?

The Seattle school district didn’t respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment, but if the documents are authentic, the city’s certainly not alone in its view:

The training in San Diego also reportedly informs teachers that white people hold most of the country’s power, benefiting from advantages that non-white people don’t.

And in September, I penned “Minnesota School Superintendent Welcomes Back Teachers, Tells Them to ‘Examine’ Their ‘Whiteness.’

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See also: “(Maryland) School District Seeks ‘Anti-Racist’ Audit, Staff Get Educated on the Racial ‘Construct’ of Whiteness.”

Is all of it accomplishing justice?

Are we bankrupting privilege, or something else we need?

It seems to me we’re in the midst of the Great Pitting — of one race against another, or of all races against one.

And so far as I can figure, the end result isn’t betterment.

But we’ll find out.

We’re definitely going to find out.



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