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Why have some New York schools introduced segregation?

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A prestigious school in Manhattan, New York has caused controversy and fury amongst parents by adding to the number of schools segregating pupils based on race.

Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side has defended the move, claiming “even white babies can be racist,” but parents report their white children are crying as soon as they return home.

The New York school has 430 pupils at K-8 (5-14) level. In separate classrooms, the white children are taught about “white privilege” while the non-white children are taught “to feel proud about their race.”

One leaked slide. Credit: NYP
One leaked slide. Credit: NYP

The segregation programme is part of the school’s diversity programme, although it’s unclear how this helps bring racial harmony. The separation of races is to create a “dedicated space” for non-white children in order for them to not feel the affects of “institutional racism.”

One parent whose children attend the school told reporters: “Ever since Ferguson, the school has been increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum.”

The information has come to light after leaked slides from a presentation were picked up by a journalist. The slides claim other private schools across the United States also practice segregation by “race-based affinity groups.” Some of the schools allegedly include:

  • Riverdale Country School
  • Brooklyn Friends School
  • The Cathedral School
  • The Calhoun School
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Little Red School House
  • Elisabeth Irwin High School

Parents claim the ‘Racial Justice and Advocacy’ programme “indoctrinates [white children] into thinking ‘systematic racism’ still exists and that they’re part of the problem.” The course teaches children, starting from the age of six, that they must “hold themselves accountable for acts of racism even committed by others.”

“One hundred percent of the curriculum is what whites have done to other races”

“One hundred percent of the curriculum is what whites have done to other races,” said another Bank Street parent. “They offer nothing that would balance the story.”

The divisive “diversity” programme was created and is managed by Anshu Wahi, a “social justice activist” who has had the position of “Director of Diversity” at Bank Street since 2013.

Grayson Post asked for comment from the school’s communications office, but no response was given.

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