I opened this with the original intention of sharing it as a story. However, the more I looked at it, the more my blood boiled. I don't mind saying,
it outright pisses me off. So I made it a rant to share.
Now, let me share what has a bee in the bunny's bonnet tonight.
Wisconsin’s VISTA Program Encourages Volunteers to Overcome White 'Privilege’
(CNSNews.com) - The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) wants its white VISTA volunteers who work with low-income, racially diverse
public schools to examine the “privilege” their Caucasian race confers on them.
One “diversity” document linked to DPI’s Web site suggests that white people “wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege,
and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.”
What friggen privilege?! Suggesting that I have some inherent advantage by having light pigment to my skin is as wrong and ignorant as previous
generations of white people suggesting blacks were less than whole somehow because their skin pigment is dark.
Other suggestions for white people include:
-- Set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege is working.
-- Put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege.
-- Make a daily list of the ways privilege played out, and steps taken or not taken to address privilege.
-- Find a person of color who is willing to hold you accountable for addressing
Now this isn't about anything but making white people feel bad or guilty about being white.
I want to state for myself anyway, I've never even looked down upon or treated a minority badly due to their physical characteristics.
This concept of white people being guilty of ANYTHING or...being subject to some secret or special privilege due to racial identity alone is a load of
horse manure. Real rank stuff too. Ripened type manure, ya know the kind? The kind of stuff they spread on Iowa fields and stinks up the interstate
for 20 miles.
Now are there racists? Well, yes
. There most certainly are
. I'm rather ashamed to admit the KKK
likes Missouri enough to have
gotten their hateful little group an Adopt-A-Highway sign here, some time back. Free speech and all though. Just as the New Black Panthers
their free speech for their urban combat classes and speeches with no qualms about the anti-white focus. Those are adults
though and they're
speaking. Hence.. Free Speech. Something to protect, however objectionable we may personally find it.
This is specifically a program set for outreach to public schools
. It's pushing an agenda on kids
and one I find racially
. The whole basis is a coming from an assumption of inherent wrong or guilt and no other way to really put it.
I say Enough of all the division. It's one more in an endless way of turning people against each other and it's something being fueled in different
ways, daily. Meaningful equality, if that is still the goal here, has to include an end to the deliberate divisions and highlighting of differences
for the sake of it. It serves no purpose other than furthering the worst of the past ...albeit in different ways.
This is their direct site, if anyone might question CNS as a source, by the way.
Power and Privilege
The top link from that site leads to a page with this little pearl of wisdom:
9. you can suffer under one set of privileges and benefit from another.
1. just because you're poor doesn't erase your white privilege
2. just because you're poc doesn't erase your male privilege
3. just because you're queer doesn't erase your able-body cis-gender male white
Anyone else agree or am I alone? Some of this have gone way past center line and is coming back from the other side with as much hate as ever.