Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Bari Weiss’ blog has been publishing pieces by outside contributors. Today she has one written by a Manhattan high school teacher named Paul Rossi which offers his first hand account of daring to question the wisdom of the anti-racism training the school is adopting and forcing on students. Rossi says up front that he knows he’s risking his career to speak up but feels he has an obligation to the students who are being harmed by this.
I know that by attaching my name to this I’m risking not only my current job but my career as an educator, since most schools, both public and private, are now captive to this backward ideology. But witnessing the harmful impact it has on children, I can’t stay silent.
My school, like so many others, induces students via shame and sophistry to identify primarily with their race before their individual identities are fully formed. Students are pressured to conform their opinions to those broadly associated with their race and gender and to minimize or dismiss individual experiences that don’t match those assumptions. The morally compromised status of “oppressor” is assigned to one group of students based on their immutable characteristics. In the meantime, dependency, resentment and moral superiority are cultivated in students considered “oppressed.”