(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Janney Elementary School in Washington, D.C. taught “anti-racism” lessons to children as young as four, and asked them to identify “racist” family members, National File reported.
The public school also had students attend an “Anti-Racism Fight Club” presentation, featuring speaker and author of a book under the same title, Doyin Richards.
The school’s principal sent out a letter concerning the presentation
“As part of this work, each student has a fist book to help continue the dialogue at school and home,” Singh wrote.
“We recognize that any time we engage topics such as race and equity, we may experience a variety of emotions. This is a normal part of the learning and growing process. As a school community we want to continue the dialogue with our students and understand this is just the beginning.”
“[White] people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance,” the book argues. It is “as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”
The book asks students several questions, such as “Where do you see racism in yourself? This requires true soul-searching. Be real with yourself, don’t feel guilt/shame and own it. It’s the first step in becoming an anti-racist.”
There was also a section on dealing with racist family members.
In addition, a small section at the end for parents describes sessions titled, “Throat Punching Racism in Schools,” “CurbStomping Racism in the Workplace,” and “Choking Out Systemic Racism.”
The school also sent parents links to the adult version of book which claimed “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball,” and “if the police don’t murder citizens without penalty, then the riots/looting don’t happen.”
There has been no public response from the parents, but D.C. Public Schools did issue a statement clarifying that students were not issued the adult version of the book.