A Manhattan high school separated students based on race for an equal opportunity discussion, on Nov. 23 and 24.
Multiple parents complained about Lower Manhattan Community School’s move to segregate 7th and 8th graders due to skin color.
The stunt was hypocritically intended to illustrate class exercises on “social justice” and “racial equality.”
“[We aim to] undo the legacy of racism and oppression in this country that impacts our school community,” a leaked email from principal Shanna Douglas said according to the New York Post. “How do our racial identities influence our experiences?”
Douglas described this form of segregation as dividing students into “affinity groups.” He claimed the school had not done enough to address racial issues in the past, citing internal data that 44% of his students are Asian, 29% white, 15% Hispanic, and 8% black.
“Whites, Asians, and multi-racial students have their own categories, while African American and Hispanic students are combined into one group,” he said in the email.
Many parents were concerned this does nothing to “undo the legacy of racism and oppression.” They also questioned what segregation does to help promote “racial identity.”
“I think a lot of us feel like this is too much,” one worried mother said according to the paper. “Most parents are too afraid to say anything at this point. Why are we separating our kids like this?”
A different parent would rather see children focus on traditional academic subjects instead of ideologically and politically biased topics.
“Teach the history,” he said. “Tell that story, I am all for an honest accounting but this is something different–it is insidious.”
The New York City Department of Education claimed the controversial discussion was “optional” and families can refuse to participate at any time.
“This optional program was developed in close coordination with the school leadership team, the Parent Teacher Association, and families,” spokesman Nathaniel Styer said according to Breitbart. “It is abundantly clear to both students and parents that anyone can opt out of this two-day celebration if they desire.”
A Harvard/Harris poll previously found 61 percent of voters reject indoctrinating children with controversial theories that America is “structurally racist.”