Inside the Woke Indoctrination Machine

Inside the Woke Indoctrination Machine. By Andrew Gutmann.

The goal of DEI isn’t only to teach students about slavery or encourage courageous conversations about race, it is to transform schools totally and reshape society radically.

Over the past month we have watched nearly 100 hours of leaked videos from 108 workshops held virtually last year for the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference. The NAIS sets standards for more than 1,600 independent schools in the U.S., driving their missions and influencing many school policies. The conference is NAIS’s flagship annual event for disseminating DEI practices, and more than 6,000 DEI practitioners, educators and administrators attended this year.

The path to remake schools begins with the word “diversity,” which means much more than simply increasing the number of students and faculty of color — referred to in these workshops as “Bipoc,” which stands for “black, indigenous and people of color.” DEI experts urge schools to classify people by identities such as race, convince them that they are being harmed by their environment, and turn them into fervent advocates for institutional change. …

We learned how DEI practitioners use segregated affinity groups and practices such as healing circles to inculcate feelings of trauma. Even students without grievances are trained to see themselves as victims of the their ancestors’ suffering through “intergenerational violence.”

The next step in a school’s transformation is “inclusion.” Schools must integrate DEI work into every aspect of the school and every facet of the curriculum must be evaluated through an antibias, antiracist, or antioppressive lens. … We learned that the omission of this lens — “failing to explore the intersection of STEM and social justice,” for instance — constitutes an act of “curriculum violence.”

All school messaging must be scrubbed of noninclusive language, all school policies of noninclusive practices, all libraries of noninclusive books. Inclusion also requires that all non-Bipoc stakeholders become allies in the fight against the systemic harm being perpetuated by the institution. In “Small Activists, Big Impact — Cultivating Anti-Racists and Activists in Kindergarten,” we were told that “kindergartners are natural social-justice warriors.”

It isn’t enough for a school to be inclusive; it also must foster “belonging.” Belonging means that a school must be a “safe space”—code for prohibiting any speech or activity, regardless of intent, that a Bipoc student or faculty member might perceive as harmful, as uncomfortable or as questioning their “lived experience.” The primary tool for suppressing speech is to create a fear of microaggressions. …

We learned techniques, such as “calling out,” that faculty and students can use to shut down conversations immediately by interrupting speakers and letting them know that their words and actions are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. Several workshops focused on the practice of “restorative justice,” used to re-educate students who fall afoul of speech codes.

The final step to ensure belonging is to push out families or faculty who question DEI work. …

We learned that the only way to achieve equity and justice is to eradicate all aspects of white-supremacy culturePerfectionism, punctuality, urgency, niceness, worship of the written word, progress, objectivity, rigor, individualism, capitalism and liberalism are some of the characteristics of white-supremacy culture in need of elimination.

Of course we were already aware something like this was happening. But now we are finding how widespread and entrenched the systematic anti-white racism has become.

DEI excels at being as anti-white as possible, without seeming anti-white. Just be positive about everything except white culture, which is ignored and excluded.

DEI seems like the revenge of the mediocre. When you scratch beneath the surface, many tribally-conscious people cannot stand the historical fact that it was white people who conquered the world, pulled humanity out of its grim Malthusian world, ushered in the modern world by inventing almost everything and encouraging everyone to use it, and mostly liberated the world from slavery, hunger, and autocracy. Now the people of prejudice spurn color blindness, and damn whites and everything about whites. I’m sure psychologists have a word for that.