Wealthy School Districts Buying The Message Of “White Privilege”

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Back in 1992, about the time “blacks” became “African-American,” the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) was founded.  Its purpose, according to the LinkedIn page is “PEG helps educators focus on heightening their awareness of institutional racism and developing effective strategies for closing the achievement gap in their classrooms, schools and communities. We provide cutting-edge, individualized and comprehensive support for school districts in the form of leadership training, coaching and consulting.

Over the past few years, every now and then, PEG would surface as an item relating to the race wars and supposed “white privilege.”  Recently, the website EAGnews.org asked school districts how much they were paying PEG to be guilted over how much they were “privileged” for being white.

The total amount was $3.9 million between 2010 and 2015, with some districts spending a lot more than others.

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools – $586,300 over a four-year period.
  • Osseo, Minnesota school district – $533,800 over the past three years.
  • Baltimore County Public Schools – $427,000.
  • Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas – $362,750.
  • Talbot County Public Schools, Maryland – $259,100
  • Bellevue School District, Washington – $237,100.

Yes, these are tax dollars being spent.  So, what’s the essential message behind PEG’s product?

On a basic level, PEG teaches that minority students don’t do as well as white students on the average because traditional American education is structured around white cultural norms, which are frequently difficult for minority students to grasp.

And yet they live in a culture that is dominated by whites and the black subculture fits into it.  The argument seems to be that educators should not have as high expectations for black students and separate them in order to go at a slower pace.  In addition, there should not be expectations of people being on time, hard work bringing success, and planning.

Any successful black person will say that this not simply going to hold black kids back, but is insulting as well.  The message assumes that black kids are not capable of being productive members of society by the standards we all live.  Even to the most liberal of liberals this is egregious.

Juan Williams, thinks those schools are subscribing to a politically-driven philosophy that grossly underestimates the capabilities of minority students, particularly black children.

“These people (associated with PEG) are engaged in cultural, political arguments that are based on negative stereotypes of black capacity to achieve in any situation,” Williams said.

“My mother never would have said, ‘You don’t have to be on time. If you are then you are acting white.’ That idea is tragically insulting.”…

“The tradition of black Americans throughout history is one that values the opportunity for education,” Williams said. “That includes being on time and working hard in school. You won’t find a black mother or father who says that’s not our tradition.

“We’re all in the same American culture. In any job you have to be on time. That’s just the way the world works. These people are engaged in cultural and political arguments that are based on negative stereotypes of black capacity to achieve in any situation. They are not helping these kids.”

And that is the irony of “white privilege.”  Success comes with self-discipline and a healthy dose of hard work.  It doesn’t matter the color of one’s skin.  Ask any black athlete who has made it to the national or international level.  It still takes time and dedication.  There is nothing privileged about that.

When it comes down to it, the school districts outlined above and the others listed at the EAG website are being guilted into the idea that there is such a thing as white privilege in a country where everyone is expected to apply themselves in order to achieve.  Such a notion is complete nonsense and remember, PEG actually accepts cash from tax-payer funded school districts, too.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.