Bari Weiss sez “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS LETTER” that has been submitted by a finance asshole who just pulled his kid out of a fancy Upper East Side private school and published at her ShakeShack, A Penthouse Forum For the Alt-Right. And it is…instructive, I suppose:
It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley’s antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed.
I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.
Finally, someone willing to tell it like it is and stand up for the values of Martin Luther King, the uncontroversial figure whose entire career consisted of one speech that contained one sentence that demonstrated his belief that Barry Goldwater was the real civil rights candidate.
It gets much worse:
I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school. Systemic racism, properly understood, is segregated schools and separate lunch counters. It is the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small number of isolated incidences over a period of decades. Ask any girl, of any race, if they have ever experienced insults from friends, have ever felt slighted by teachers or have ever suffered the occasional injustice from a school at which they have spent up to 13 years of their life, and you are bound to hear grievances, some petty, some not. We have not had systemic racism against Blacks in this country since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, a period of more than 50 years. To state otherwise is a flat-out misrepresentation of our country’s history and adds no understanding to any of today’s societal issues. If anything, longstanding and widespread policies such as affirmative action, point in precisely the opposite direction.
It’s the Chris Rock “you’re not a racist if you didn’t literally shoot Medgar Evers” routine, but unironically. And as for the idea that passing the Civil Rights Act immediately ended racism in America, as it’s both highly unoriginal and extremely stupid.
This also might be the least self-aware letter ever written:
I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets.
The “especially” is a nice touch to end a complaint about how a $54,000 a year private school, at which this not especially deep-pocketed dude has already shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars, needs to…get back to its roots of being about class equity or something.
By the way, Andrew Guttman, the author of this particularly witless recycling of points made in Lee Atwater attack ads, is not merely a COVID/vaccine troofer, he’s a literal Alex Berenson reply guy, the only thing in the world more pathetic than being a Bari Weiss reply guy:
our Concerned Private School Dad has uh some questions about vaccines and masks and spends a great deal of time tugging at Alex Berenson's sleeve. Typical lefty! pic.twitter.com/5OLCDkXzlc— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) April 16, 2021
In her flounce letter giving up her Times sinecure, Weiss said that “I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing.” We have seen what she considers the “best ideas,” and I think you can see why she thinks she should be preemptively exempt from any criticism form colleagues.