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Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter, a well-renowned black intellectual whose compelling thoughts have captivated audiences on both the left and right, has joined the chorus of voices speaking out against critical race theory indoctrination at the Dwight-Englewood School.
Located in New Jersey, the school made headlines Tuesday when now-resigned English teacher Dana Stangel-Plowe publicly released her resignation letter and also published a video documenting the brainwashing and indoctrination she’s seen at the school.
She described how the school has been brainwashing children with “an ideology that requires students to see themselves not as individuals, but as representatives of either an oppressor or oppressed group.” This ideology is known as CRT.
Besides turning students into little Red Guards who’re obsessed with immutable characteristics and “power,” this ideology has also been turning them into snowflakes who’re incapable of handling dissenting thought, she explained.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 9, 2021
“I teach students who recoil from a poem because it was written by a man. I teach students who approach texts in search of the oppressor, who see iniquities in texts that have nothing to do with power. This ideology limits students’ ability to observe and engage with the full fabric of human experience in our literature,” she said.
“In my professional opinion as an educator, the school is failing to encourage healthy habits of mind essential for growth such as intellectual curiosity, humility, honesty, reason, and the capacity to consider multiple perspectives and weigh competing ideas. In our school, the opportunity even to hear competing ideas is practically non-existent,” she added.
McWhorter, who’s repeatedly spoken out against CRT indoctrination, didn’t appear surprised by Stangel-Plowe’s announcement. But, unlike so many who remain quiet, he also didn’t intend to sit by quietly and do nothing.
And so, in tweets posted Tuesday evening, he praised Stangel-Plowe for speaking out and encouraged parents to promptly pull their children from the school.
He cleverly also adopted — or “appropriated,” rather — the language of CRT zealots by arguing that the true antiracists are the ones who stand up against the supposed “antiracism” of CRT.
All hail Dana Stangel-Plowe, who has resigned from the Dwight-Englewood school, which teaches students “antiracism” that sees life as nothing but abuse of power, and teaches that cringing, hostile group identity against oppression is the essence of a self. https://t.co/yxr2WaUfnB
— John McWhorter (@JohnHMcWhorter) June 8, 2021
Truly antiracist parents, in the name of love of their kids, should pull them from the Dwight-Englewood school as of next fall. Only this will arrest these misguided Elect parishioners from their quest to forge a new reality for us all.
— John McWhorter (@JohnHMcWhorter) June 8, 2021
According to McWhorter, CRT advocates are what he’s termed neoracists.
In SubStack posts published earlier this year, he warned that these neoracists are teaching that “racism is baked into the structure of society, so whites’ ‘complicity’ in living within it constitutes racism itself.”
In other words, all white people are inherently evil. The problem is that this belief is itself quintessentially racist.
“[W]hile for black people, grappling with the racism surrounding them is the totality of experience and must condition exquisite sensitivity toward them, including a suspension of standards of achievement and conduct,” he added.
In other words, all black people are inherently victims and must therefore be granted special treatment. The problem again is that this belief is also quintessentially racist.
I will be releasing my new book on the neoracism in so much of today’s “antiracism” serially on Substack for a small monthly fee. There just isn’t time to wait for this to be released in book form; that will have to wait. Here we go!https://t.co/DvFxuxDeRT
— John McWhorter (@JohnHMcWhorter) January 27, 2021
Notice, by the way, that McWhorter lacks a blue checkmark. So do a slew of other renowned black intellectuals, including cultural critic and author Thomas Chatterton Williams, Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury and writer Coleman Hughes of the Manhattan Institute.
All four men are vocal critics of CRT propaganda, and for some inexplicable reason, all four men have been denied recognition on Twitter despite their high-profile records.
I’ll likely have 100k followers before @Twitter @verified verifies my account. Puts me in good company with @coldxman, @JohnHMcWhorter and @GlennLoury, but it’s bizarre. Am verified on @Facebook and @instagram and have published everywhere. Sincerely hope this isn’t ideological. pic.twitter.com/WvCSa3GmAO
— Thomas Chatterton Williams 🌍 🎧 (@thomaschattwill) June 9, 2021
Real antiracists like conservative commentator Megyn Kelly wonder if there’s a sinister reason behind Twitter’s decision to not grant them a blue checkmark:
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 9, 2021
McWhorter is particularly high-profile.
The Atlantic published a column by him just this past Monday.
Titled “The Problem With Dropping Standards in the Name of Racial Equity,” it criticizes the CRT-based push by the left to reduce standards to ostensibly make it easier for minorities to rise up.
Last month he appeared on left-wing comedian Bill Maher’s HBO talk show to talk about “White Fragility,” a popular CRT handbook written by a white woman.
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