Last June, students at the elite Manhattan school, United Nations International School, launched an anonymous campaign through social media to hold their “administration, faculty, staff and children responsible for the racist views and bigoted behavior exhibited,” according to an anonymous instagram post by the campaign reported by the NY Post.
The report states that “Last year, students at the United Nations International School, which educated the children of Turtle Bay diplomats at the cost of up to $44,000 per year, launched an anonymous social media campaign denouncing their teachers and administrators for their “vast history of systemic racism,” “white-liberal racist thinking” and “direct, intentional, repeated racial trauma.”
The idea is to use the pressures of social justice reform and the viral nature of social plaguing our nation to “cancel” their teachers and administrators. Instead of being adults and telling the entitled and immature children, “no,” it’s reported that the “administrators immediately caved to their demands.”
The students used their anonymous Instagram channel, Black at UNIS, to post “dozens of anonymous and unverified accusations against the school and specific teachers.” The students accused their teachers of “micro-aggressions.”
One teacher, in particular, “used to mix up names of black students.” I bet if the teacher had the benefit of recorded lectures, they could prove that they often mixed up all students’ names because teachers are human and therefore make mistakes.
The students say that the school has a “white leadership failure” problem where they alleged that the school is far behind the curve on hiring black teachers. The students wanted the “racist principals” fired, or they would drag the elite Manhattan school through the mud by naming the “oppressors.”
The students said, “If you’ve been called out on this account, no one is obligated to forgive you, especially not those that you’ve traumatized.” The report states that “later, the students formalized their demands in an online petition, signed by students, alumni and parents. These included hiring a director of diversity and inclusion, ‘decolonizing’ the curriculum, creating ‘safe spaces’ for minorities, rejecting the ‘Eurocentric focus of mainstream academia’ and promoting ‘intersectionality.”
This is the same school that offered ‘three days of counseling and a series of emergency assemblies, where tearful students ranted about being deported,” after President Trump’s historic 2016 election win. It is doubtful that a school this coddled is full of “oppressors” committing “micro-aggressions” against its black students.
The executive director of the United Nations International School, Dan Brenner, caved “within days of the launch of the Black at UNIS Instagram channel. Dan Brenner reportedly “sent an email to parents pledging that the school was ‘committed to creating solutions to ensure an anti-racist environment.” And that “by the end of the summer,” the executive director was actively reforming the school into the students’ image.
The report states that Dan Brenner “hired a diversity consulting firm to conduct anti-racist trainings, created a student-led anti-racist board and began overhauling the academic curriculum to reflect the new orthodoxy.
A staff member of the United Nations International School told the NY Post “that the school ‘is currently in the grips of a mania,” which has led to an unprecedented amount of ‘division, paranoia and hatred’ within the institution.” The staffer continued saying, “There are a small number of employees who see this ‘anti-racist training’ as pure indoctrination but do not know what to do.”
The phrase “the inmates are running the asylum” comes to mind. I have zero sympathies for this elite Manhattan school and their ‘indoctrination’ problem. The staff allowed this to happen and taught their students to act this way.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org