The above excerpt is from “Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education” by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo. Apparently it has won awards, though I suspect not for what I would give it an award for. Here’s the description:
This is the new edition of the award-winning guide to social justice education. Based on the authors’ extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the book addresses the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. This comprehensive resource includes new features such as a chapter on intersectionality and classism; discussion of contemporary activism (Black Lives Matter, Occupy, and Idle No More); material on White Settler societies and colonialism; pedagogical supports related to “common social patterns” and “vocabulary to practice using”; and extensive updates throughout. Accessible to students from high school through graduate school, Is Everyone Really Equal? is a detailed and engaging textbook and professional development resource presenting the key concepts in social justice education. The text includes many user-friendly features, examples, and vignettes to not just define but illustrate the concepts. Book Features: Definition Boxes that define key terms. Stop Boxes to remind readers of previously explained ideas. Perspective Check Boxes to draw attention to alternative standpoints. Discussion Questions and Extension Activities for using the book in a class, workshop, or study group. A Glossary of terms and guide to language use.
It should be self-evident that the book is an indoctrination tool to undermine the core American concepts of individualism, responsibility and self-determination. The ultimate objective is to program the young with the toxic falsehood that any personal failure or shortcoming, any difficulty or mental discomfort, is a result of oppression and injustice, andthe fault of otherized villains. Those blights on society need to be subjugated and punished for the greater good. The resulting level of dysfunction among the weaker and more impressionable students make them handy pawns in the hoped-for revolution to come.
Anyone whose head doesn’t explode at this junk is already in peril. I wonder how many Americans have had their minds and values so corrupted that they see nothing ominous about that excerpt. I suppose we will soon find out.
Incidentally, some of the parodies in various on-line forums of the example of “naming people by their key social groups” are both apt and hilarious…
Source and Graphic: David Thompson