The taxpayer funded “White Privilege Conference” in Madison, Wisconsin openly promoted hatred against white people.
The conference is backed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction [DPI], which used public money to re-reimburse schools for the cost of substitute teachers. DPI is the same government entity that once requested that white school chilren wear white bracelets to atone for their “white privilege.”
The conference also received tax dollars from the City of Madison and several publicly funded Universities.
The majority of the attendees are public school teachers. These teachers were told that if the are “neutral” than they are the enemy. “Neutral” teachers were ordered to “get the f*ck out of education!”
One speaker told the crowd that white people are addicted to “racism” and can not be cured. The speaker says that whites will oppress black people indefinitely.
[Madison, Wisc...] The city of Madison hosted the 15th annual national White Privilege Conference last week at the Monona Terrace to discuss issues of white supremacy, social justice, education and the Tea Party. The MacIver Institute attended multiple breakout sessions and will be releasing our highlights over the next couple days.Our first account comes from the breakout session titled Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.The session was facilitated by Kim Radersma, a former high school English teacher in California and Colorado. Radersma is currently working toward her Ph. D. in critical whiteness studies at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.Radersma argued that teachers must fight against the oppressive structure in education and society. She said anyone who is going into teaching and education must be a political figure.“Teaching is a political act, and you can’t choose to be neutral. You are either a pawn used to perpetuate a system of oppression or you are fighting against it,” Radersma said during the session. “And if you think you are neutral, you are a pawn.”She said educators need to challenge the system, otherwise they are giving in to white supremacy. Radersma also argued the first step is realizing that all white people are carrying the signs of oppression.“Being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor,” Radersma said. “I have to everyday wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.“We’ve been raised to be good. ‘I’m a good white person,’ and yet to realize I carry within me these dark, horrible thoughts and perceptions is hard to admit. And yet like the alcoholic, what’s the first step? Admitting you have a problem,” she told the session attendees.Multiple educators attended the breakout session of about 50 people and seemed very interested in how to bring the ideals of social justice and white privilege into the classroom. One attendee, a teacher and the diversity director at his school, spoke about the activities he is implementing and said it is important for teachers and administrators to discuss social justice with their students. Radersma echoed his sentiment.“If you don’t want to work for equity, get the fuck out of education,” Radersma said. “If you are not serious about being an agent of change that helps stifle the oppressive systems, go find another job. Because you are a political figure.”