Saying that American education is racist and biased toward whites – and Asians, interestingly enough, who also tend to excel academically – a group of 162 principals and assistant principals at Minnesota schools have announced a goal of “de-centering Whiteness” in education, FOX News is reporting.
The group calls themselves the “Good Trouble Principals” after a quote from former Georgia congressman John Lewis, expressing a desire to make “trouble” for a group who are succeeding through some kind of cheating or oppression of another group, in this case, “people of color.”
The oppression, of course, is that “people of color” aren’t getting as high grades as white students. Or Asians.
“John Lewis said: ‘Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble,’” an open letter from the group reads. “The undersigned principals declare publicly today that we are making some noise and getting in good trouble.”
It all amounts to lowering the bar for non-whites, not asking as much of them academically, which the group cryptically calls “dismantling the practices that reinforce White academic superiority.” This includes ending standardized testing and fighting “an Americanized version of a caste system in our schools.”
Mauri Melander Friestleben, a member of the group, said its concrete goals include “increasing varieties of student and school evaluations that go beyond the annual standardized testing process.”
In other words, exempting non-whites from tests whites have to pass. New York’s Rep. Jamaal Bowman described such tests as a “pillar of systemic racism” earlier this year.
The principals group also accused Parent Teacher Associations and teachers unions of promoting White supremacy.
“Traditional organized Whiteness ensures domination through forms like PTAs and Unions,” the statement reads. “We purposefully call out and lift up historically non-represented voices of color in our spaces to hold weight and power.”