The First Rule of “Anti-Racism Fight Club” Is Do Not Talk About “Anti-Racism Fight Club”…

Nah, the public schools aren’t indoctrinating children!

Admittedly, this happened in Washington D.C., which has an anti-white, racist, Black Lives Matter-supporting mayor, but still…

The principal of Janney Elementary School in the District casually informed parents in a letter last November that

Today students in grades pre-k through third grade participated in the Anti-Racism Fight Club presentation with Doyin Richards. As part of this work, each student has a fist book to help continue the dialogue at school and home (be sure to check out the helpful links on page 18). We recognize that any time we engage topics such as race and equity, we may experience a variety of emotions. This is a normal part of the learning and growing process. As a school community we want to continue the dialogue with our students and understand this is just the beginning.

“Just the beginning!” Richards, a Critical Race Theory consultant and propagandist, spoke about the themes in his  “Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook for Kids” explaining that “white people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance,” and that “it’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”

“If you are a white person,” the Fistbook for Kids” explains, “white privilege is something you were born with and it simply means that your life is not more difficult due to the color of your skin. Put differently, it’s not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it.”

The “Fistbook for Kids” tells children to be antiracist by “being loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible to ensure change is made.” Children are asked to consider, “Where do you see racism in yourself? This requires true soul-searching. Be real with yourself, don’t feel guilt/shame and own it. It’s the first step in becoming an anti-racist.”

Oh, but here’s the best part! The “fistbook” instructs the 5-8 year-olds,

“If someone doesn’t believe that people should be treated equally based on the color of their skin, then they are the problem. Parents need to stop making excuses for that behavior if they truly believe in anti-racism. Who in your family has racist beliefs? Do you think you can change their ways? What is your strategy for dealing with them?”

This is pure indoctrination, and obviously inappropriate, indeed sinister, for children so young. Richards is an adult and an authority figure, and kindergartners, first, second and third-graders (not to mention 6th, 7th and 8th graders) lack the experience and critical thinking skills to question, challenge and resist this ideological barrage. Responsible parents should yank their kids right out of a school like this, but how many will?

It is not as if D.C. schools are doing such a bang up job educating children in such minor matters as writing, adding and reading that they can spend time on political brainwashing. To be fair, however, it’s the racial mindset that D.C.’s leaders think is the most important goal of secondary school education. That is the part of Black Minds that really Matter.

8 thoughts on “The First Rule of “Anti-Racism Fight Club” Is Do Not Talk About “Anti-Racism Fight Club”…

  1. Oh, boy. They’re actually calling it a “Fight Club”? Not only is that idiotic, it also misses the point of Fight Club as a work of fiction (movie or book, take your pick). The course names evoking violence on page number 17 (page 18 of the file) are not helping, either.

    “The “Fistbook for Kids” tells children to be antiracist by “being loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible to ensure change is made.””

    That is moronic and reveals profound ignorance about how social change actually works. I’ll have to finish drafting that sample conversation depicting how a constructive discussion about privilege should go. In the meantime, it would be better to have people read the book You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu.

    Calling it a “fistbook” is also stupid, not only because it sounds like the violent equivalent of a handbook, but also because by the definition of a fistbook (which I had to look up), it’s… not a fistbook. (Supposedly a fistbook is a listing of people who experienced police brutality, but Urban Dictionary was literally the only source I could find on it.)

    All that being said, the actual book starts out alright. On page number 7 (page 8 of the file) it slips when it fails to describe why representation is a form of privilege. It is a form of privilege, but without knowing why, people aren’t going to be able to figure out constructive ways to approach the situation.

    The next page also fails to establish racism in the “subtle” and “systemic” examples. I’m not saying racism is never present, but there are other factors involved which need to be addressed alongside the possibility of racism, or people from different sides of the issue won’t be able to engage with each other.

    I’m fully on board with ending racism. I’m just trying to make sure people are using the most effective methods, because “loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible” will not work the way people hope it will. They may be trying to say that people should be assertive, which is correct. However, most people would read that sentence as a license to be obnoxious, which is counterproductive.

    By my standards, I rate this “fistbook” a mediocre attempt at facilitating communication. There are some good points that promote constructive discussion, but there are other points that will lead to dysfunctional places if people treat them as rules rather than as starting points for exploring all the relevant perspectives and possibilities.

    By human standards, it’s altogether decent, which makes me sad. Humans as a species haven’t discovered the skills required to clarify a situation so that everyone involved can understand and appreciate each other’s perspectives, and collaborate to explore constructive paths forward. As such, it would be unfair for me to expect this book to be any more insightful. When I’m through with this planet, though, humans will be able to do better.

  2. Wow. A World Class grifter who has obviously broken the code. No accomplishments to speak of, other than preying on White Guilt and knowing where to put the buzzwords. To wit:

    Doyin (pronounced “doe-ween”) Richards is a dynamic keynote speaker who inspires men to be open about mental health, embrace anti-racism, and be the best dads/parenting partners they can be.

    Two of the largest crises in America are mental health and race-relations. They impact our homes, schools, businesses, relationships, and (obviously) sanity — but do we recognize the signs of these problems? Are we doing enough on the front-end to prevent personal and professional disasters from happening? As a keynote speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, Doyin provides tangible, actionable solutions that provides results for his clients all over America. Cisco, Salesforce, Amgen, LexisNexis, Marvell, and Bark are a few of the companies where he recently delivered a workshop or a keynote address.

  3. “being loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible to ensure change is made.””

    That’s a hell of a long way from “kids are supposed to be seen and not heard. ” Actually, I think it’s TOO far from that. Kids need to listen and learn, not spout bs unformed opinions that are just parroting this kind of crap.

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