FAIR News: Anti-Racism Fight Club
FAIR responds to elementary school’s “Anti-Racism Fight Club” event
On May 12th, FAIR Legal sent a letter to Janney Elementary School in Washington, D.C. responding to a FAIR Transparency incident report. The school held a presentation called “Anti-Racism Fight Club” for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Those students were provided with a booklet titled Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook for Kids that contains many concerning generalizations and attributes skin color to behavior and beliefs. For example, the booklet claims that “white privilege” exists virtually everywhere, “white” people benefit “in almost every instance,” and “white” people “walk around with an invisible force field” and “hold all of the power in America.” The booklet also teaches that “being color blind is a bad idea” and that it is racist to avoid talking about race. Additionally, it asks children to identify which of their family members are racist and to develop a strategy “for dealing with them.”
FAIR supports antiracism programs where all students are treated with equal respect and none are made to feel different based on skin color or other immutable traits. The “fistbook” does the opposite, assuming racist behavior and engendering feelings of shame and guilt in young students for no reason other than the color of their skin. FAIR urged Janney Elementary to reconsider the propriety of uncritically presenting the “fistbook” to its primary school students.
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