Target: Mark Schmitt, Principal, Delavan-Darien High School
Goal: Commend Delavan-Darien High School for offering class on racial politics in America
A Wisconsin high school has been met with parental ire for its class on American Diversity, which includes lessons that teach students about white privilege and historical and present-day minority oppression by white people. Parents feel that the class is meant to guilt white students and victimize minority students, and is a form of leftist propaganda intended to brainwash their children.
Delavan-Darien High School’s American Diversity course intends to educate students about racial issues so that they may “better understand oneself and recognize how feelings, ideas and beliefs interact with the ideas and beliefs of other individuals and groups,” according to the high school’s website. The course draws on lectures by anti-racism activists, everyday examples of casual white privileges, and material discussing critical race theory. Parents interviewed by Fox News believe that the class forces white students to feel guilty about their heritage, while suggesting to minority students that they are “second-class citizens.”
Delavan-Darien High School’s website suggests that its “diverse cultural setting provides a real world opportunity for all learners while at the same time challenging students to be people of service, learning and leadership.” The American Diversity course and the lessons it provides undoubtedly prepare students for the real world and challenge them to be socially responsible individuals. The class does, as the website states, “create a more accurate picture of modern America.” To shut this class down, or bowdlerize its lessons, would be a great disservice to both white students and students of color. Sign the petition below to show your support for Delavan-Darien High School and its dedication to responsible education.
Dear Mr. Schmitt,
Recently, Delavan-Darien High School came under fire for lessons in its American Diversity course which taught students about white privilege, institutionalized racism and oppression of minorities by white people. Many parents have suggested that the class is a form of indoctrination, and inappropriate.
I am writing to commend and support the continued existence of this course at your high school. Educating students about diversity no doubt involves educating them about white privilege and the systematic historical and modern-day oppression faced by minorities in America. Thank you for teaching students to be culturally, racially and socially responsible.
[Your Name Here]
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