Subversive Education: North Carolina’s largest school district launches a campaign against ‘whiteness in educational spaces.’

By Christopher F. Rufo | 17 March 2021

CITY JOURNAL — Last year, the Wake County Public School System, which serves the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area, held an equity-themed teachers’ conference with sessions on “whiteness,” “microaggressions,” “racial mapping,” and “disrupting texts,” encouraging educators to form “equity teams” in schools and push the new party line: “antiracism.”

The February 2020 conference, attended by more than 200 North Carolina public school teachers, began with a “land acknowledgement,” a ritual recognition suggesting that white North Carolinians are colonizers on stolen Native American land. Next, the superintendent of Wake County Public Schools, Cathy Moore, introduced the day’s program and shuffled teachers to breakout sessions across eight rooms. Freelance reporter A.P. Dillon obtained the documents from the sessions through a public records request and provided them to City Journal.

At the first session, “Whiteness in Ed Spaces,” school administrators provided two handouts on the “norms of whiteness.” These documents claimed that “(white) cultural values” include “denial,” “fear,” “blame,” “control,” “punishment,” “scarcity,” and “one-dimensional thinking.” According to notes from the session, the teachers argued that “whiteness perpetuates the system” of injustice and that the district’s “whitewashed curriculum” was “doing real harm to our students and educators.” The group encouraged white teachers to “challenge the dominant ideology” of whiteness and “disrupt” white culture in the classroom through a series of “transformational interventions.” […]

10 Comments on Subversive Education: North Carolina’s largest school district launches a campaign against ‘whiteness in educational spaces.’

  1. Wikipedia/View Park–Windsor Hills, CaliforniaView Park−Windsor Hills is one of the wealthiest primarily African-American neighborhoods in the United States.

    Owsley County, Kentucky/Wikipedia/In terms of income per household, the county is the poorest in the nation. … As of the census of 2010, … The racial makeup of the county was 98.7% White, …

    Not long ago, someone on Twitter looked up and compared the academic achievement scores of HS students in View Park (wealthiest black area when measured by median annual income) to Owsley KY (poorest white area):


    View Park Windsor Hills is the wealthiest black town in America, median income $159,000 … Owsley County Kentucky is the poorest white county in America, median income $15,800 … View Park’s prep school scores lower on reading & math proficiency and ACTs than Owsley.

    • Even so- you gotta hand it to the Biden/Harris junta in that the judeo/communists bulldoze & steamroll over any & all mental/physical opposition, whether having to do with race, sex, or disease, then becoming the ways & means of the targeted ‘nation’. What nation on earth has permanently freed itself from a judeo/communist takeover since 1917AD? How would such a truly sovereign nation be identified & described today if it were to exist?

  2. The View Park vs Owsley comparison using recent data was not surprising, since decades ago correlating SAT scores with family info provided by the test-takers gave very similar results:


    Black children from the wealthiest families have mean SAT scores lower than white children from families below the poverty line. … Black children of parents with graduate degrees have lower SAT scores than white children of parents with a high-school diploma or less.

  3. Rufo (who’s married to an Asian woman) has gained a following on Twitter (Twitter/realchrisrufo) exposing this kind of thing, which makes his work roughly the woke schools/academia equivalent of the race/crime outrage porn put out by ‘Paul Kersey’ of SBPDL (now found on the Unz site, link), although ‘Kersey’ does occasionally mention ‘diversity’ and immigration critically, something I’ve never seen (and no one will ever see) Rufo do.

    What Rufo calls attention to is the inevitable result of the taboo on acknowledging the genetic nature of racial differences in cognitive ability: since discrepancies in achievement and average SES (socioeconomic status), which is the driver of all this, cannot be due to genetic differences between ethnic groups that affect/determine cognitive ability, it must be the system that’s at fault: ‘whiteness’, ‘white supremacy’, ‘institutional/systemic racism’, etc, whatever the term du jour is.

    Rufo is a conventional ‘conservative’ — he’s OK with Whites becoming a minority in America, ‘as long as it’s done legally’ — he’d just like the non-whites to tone down the anti-white rhetoric — but that’s not going to happen: the discrepancies in academic achievement and SES which motivate the rhetoric will remain, because they exist primarily due to genetic differences.

    So it’s dumb and cowardly not to talk about the fraud of ‘diversity’, as well as race and immigration, i.e. the demographic future of America, in this context — which makes Rufo in this respect a dumb coward — unfortunately he’s not alone.

  4. >Wake County Public School System

    WCPSS makes various ‘Student Outcome Reports’ available (link) — re SAT scores, the most recent compilation is from 2013/14 (?); but it’s not a stretch to take these results as typical of succeeding years too (the report contains data for SAT scores 1996 – 2014) — looking at the SAT scores broken down by race, you can see why this ‘whiteness’ rhetoric gained a toehold in this district — on pg 6 of the PDF (link), there is a graphic labeled WCPSS, NC, and USA SAT Scores by Ethnicity, 1996‐2014 — there you see that on average Whites in this district outscore Blacks by > 200 points on the SAT, and this gap has really not changed at all since 1996, i.e. despite what must have been significant (and expensive) efforts to narrow it at the local, state, and federal levels (e.g. NCLB).

    • I don’t believe any of this because Racial Discrimination is against Federal and North Carolina Law. White, Black, Asian, Latino, doesn’t matter, the school district and administration can be sued if this were real.

      Racial discrimination occurs when an individual is subjected to unequal treatment because of their actual or perceived race. The U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 work in concert to ensure that each resident’s rights and standing under the law are not damaged by their race

      • You don’t believe any of what?

        Do you think affirmative action is a form of racial discrimination? — most would say it is — per a number of court rulings, most recently/famously Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, AA is allowed because the state has a ‘compelling interest’ in achieving ‘diversity’:

        The school admitted that its admission process favored certain minority groups, but argued that there was a compelling state interest to ensure a “critical mass” of students from minority groups. In a majority opinion joined by four other justices, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor held that the Constitution “does not prohibit the law school’s narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.”

        Also from O’Connor in her/this ludicrous opinion:

        …”race-conscious admissions policies must be limited in time,” adding that the “Court expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.”

        She was widely ridiculed by HBD (human biodiversity) aware people for this “25 years” statement, because intelligence is genetic and it’s intelligence that primarily determines academic achievement, so AA will never not be necessary — she retired in 2006, but many will remind her (if she’s still alive) and SCOTUS of this statement when 2028 arrives — of course by then a lot of damage will have been done.

        Yours is a ‘muh Constitution’ type comment — people like you are in for a rude awakening.

        • >Also from O’Connor in her/this ludicrous opinion: …

          And who nominated Sandra Day O’Connor, author/main proponent of this sophomoric political, err judicial, opinion? — Ronald Reagan.

          Trump was similarly misguided in his SCOTUS nominations.

          But it’s all dumb theater.

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