One of California’s most elite high schools made headlines last week after a parent filed a complaint over a history lesson on slavery in which teachers ambushed the 8th graders as they entered the classroom, bound the students with duct tape, and then locked them in a closet.
In an email ahead of the lesson, the school referred to the assault as a “Unique Learning Experience.” The school claims the lesson was intended to “expose students to the horrors of slavery,” with the teachers acting as “slave ship captains” and students as slaves.
An email from the school described the exercise in detail. “[Teachers] will sternly tell [the students] to line up outside the classroom, use masking tape to ‘tie’ their wrists together, make them lay on the ground inside the room (which will be dark) shoulder to shoulder with each other (boys and girls are in separate rows), and then while they lay there, have them watch a clip from ‘Roots.’”
Now I know what you’re thinking. This was a one off event, an experimental lesson gone wrong, not part of the approved curriculum. But in fact, according to the school’s Principal, Whitney High has been running the twisted experiment on its 8th grade students for 10 years, with – in his words – “almost universal appreciation.” Ten years!
Whitney High south of Los Angeles is an all honors academy for 7th through 12th grades. US News & World Report ranked the school 1st in the state of California, and 19th nationally in 2016. Whitney is a six time recipient of the California Distinguished School title, claims a 100 percent passing rate on the California High School Exit Exam, and has such high SAT and ACT scores that in the past Newsweek hasn’t even bothered including the school in its top 100 schools list, instead ranking it under a separate list for “Public Elites.” These are America’s best and brightest being physically abused and having their minds warped by cultural Marxist propaganda.
While most of the backlash has emphasized the possible stigmatizing effect of the lesson on the African-American students in the class, the real point of this social justice lesson plan is not alienate the schools black population. As HuffPo noted, out of 1,011 children enrolled at Whitney High School, only 19 (fewer than 2 percent) are black. The real agenda is to the teach the schools predominantly Asian student body to hate America and to instill in the school’s minority white population a sense of collective guilt over their supposed ancestors legacy of oppression.
It’s time to wake up America.