Teachers’ Annual “White Privilege Conference”: Whites are Born Racist, and There’s Nothing They Can Do About It

A reporter with the MacIver Institute sneaked into the annual “White Privilege Conference,” something that was supposed to be off-limits to the public, despite it being partially funded by taxpayer money. And yes, the White Privilege Conference is a real thing. Apparently, this was their 15th year holding the event, and this year’s conference was held in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a four-day event where everyone talks about how white people are inherently racist, and minorities are inherently victims.

Nick Novak with the MacIver Institute reported on one session led by Kim Radersma, a former English teacher in California and Colorado who is currently working on her Ph. D. in “critical whiteness studies.” (I’m reading this and seeing that this particular article was written on April 1st and wondering if this is a big joke. At the same time, nothing surprises me anymore.) Here’s an excerpt from Novak’s account:

[Radersma] said educators need to challenge the system, otherwise they are giving in to white supremacy. Radersma also argued the first step is realizing that all white people are carrying the signs of oppression.

“Being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor,” Radersma said. “I have to everyday wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”

She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.

“We’ve been raised to be good. ‘I’m a good white person,’ and yet to realize I carry within me these dark, horrible thoughts and perceptions is hard to admit. And yet like the alcoholic, what’s the first step? Admitting you have a problem,” she told the session attendees.

Multiple educators attended the breakout session of about 50 people and seemed very interested in how to bring the ideals of social justice and white privilege into the classroom. One attendee, a teacher and the diversity director at his school, spoke about the activities he is implementing and said it is important for teachers and administrators to discuss social justice with their students. Radersma echoed his sentiment.

“If you don’t want to work for equity, get the f*** out of education,” Radersma said. “If you are not serious about being an agent of change that helps stifle the oppressive systems, go find another job. Because you are a political figure.”

Everything white people do for non-white people, whether the action is good or bad, is purely racist. During this session, one teacher chimed in about a particular Indian student she had a few years ago whose family couldn’t afford school supplies. So, this teacher and her family donated supplies to this student. Now, looking back, this teacher is questioning her and her family’s motives in helping this poor, non-white student:

“It was like ‘well why don’t you swoop in and save the day and give her all this stuff because we can afford to do that for them’ kind of mentality.”

Radersma agreed:

“It’s that savior mentality, like ‘save them, because they are not like us,’ and that normalization of whiteness. Whiteness is best and those poor others aren’t as good as us. So, we need to think of them and give them our sympathy and our charity and our generosity, which is so demeaning to the people on the receiving end. It’s so demoralizing and disempowering to be receiving it.”

What exactly are white people supposed to do? Well, there’s nothing we can do, since we’re all born this way. The only viable option is suicide (or mass murder, which would be more efficient), since we all inherently believe that we’re better than everyone else who is not white.

There are, however, some other less effective options. One group used by Wisconsin’s education department recommended white people wear white wristbands to remind them of their white privilege. They also suggested to white kids that they put notes on their mirrors and computer screens, reminding them to think about privilege.

These people must feel so good about themselves for being “anti-racist,” but in reality, they’re peddling and perpetuating racism to the fullest extent. They’re saying that because we’re born white, that’s what makes us inherently evil, and there’s nothing we can do about it. (It’s like the KKK, except in reverse, and about 1,000 times worse.) The utter hypocrisy is that that’s what they claim we do if we dare try to say or do something nice to a black (or other minority) person. If a white person wants to help out a black person for any reason, that’s racism. If a black person beats up and kills a white person for no reason (other than boredom), that’s “social justice,” and the mere bringing up such an incident is pure white supremacist/privilege racism.