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Crazy Woke: “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap”

Crazy Woke: “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap”

NYC Education Council local meeting is not parody, it’s an example of the sickness sweeping progressives in the age of “White Fragility”

Over the holiday weekend, I was alerted, via the Conor Friedersdorf twitter feed, to the a meeting that took place on Zoom and was recorded for posterity, of an advisory local school council in Manhattan:

The meeting starts off straightforward enough: President Maud Maron outlines the agenda for the meeting, which calls for respectfulness among the members of the council, and asks for the council members to work to end their divisiveness, referencing a “ugly” June 11 meeting (not available online) and a proposal for a “norming session,” that is, a session in which to establish norms of appropriate behavior in how the council members work together.  Maron affirms her opposition to racism, then says, “it is possible to condemn racism and at the same time to extend grace and compassion to the people who disappoint you” (8:33).  Fair enough, no?

But then all hell breaks loose.

Council member Eric Goldberg calls her statement “hollow” and accuses her of “deny[ing her] culpability in creating an environment of division and divisiveness.”

Member Robin Broshi jumps in, in a fury.  At first it appears to be an ordinary sort of division, with ordinary sorts of disputes that are the bane of any such board — personality conflicts, complaints about power and process — no different than, say, a homeowner’s association or condo board meeting.   But it soon becomes clear that it’s something more:

“We had over 100 parents write you [Maron] a letter explaining why a member of this council was extraordinarily offensive and racist during a meeting . . . A member of this council was racist and I did nothing and I’m ashamed I did nothing and I can sit here during a public meeting and say I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I didn’t speak out verbally when multiple times during the meeting one of the members engaged in behavior that made me ache and hurt for the non-white people that were logged in.”

What was the offensive behavior?

Said council member, during the meeting, had a family member visiting, with a child “of color” (his nephew/a family friend – it isn’t clear), as they say, and held that child on his lap during the meeting, saying “my living room is integrated.”

Another speaker, council Vice-President Edward Irizarry, in a fury, accuses Broshi of “cosmetic diversity,” in an extended speech about educational opportunities for black and Latino children, in which he lends his support to Maron and condemns “show boating and white fragility and all this nonsense that doesn’t make a child learn.”

Broshi jumps back in:  “I want to apologize to you.  I want to acknowledge that calling out the one vote was an example of white privilege and it was an example of trying to silence the legitimacy of your space on this council . . . . There’s work — everyone has work to do and I have work to do.  I have 40 plus years of white supremacy I need to undo and that was unfair of me to make that point and I don’t want to silence your voice, and your voice has merit, Edward.”

Thomas Wrocklage, the accused racist, then jumps in to defend himself, and Broshi repeats that his action was “racist behavior” and was and instance of “white people exhibiting their power over people of color.”  She continues, “if you won’t even read a book about white fragility . . . I can’t sit here in a working  business meeting and educate you.”

This is only in the first half-hour of a 90 minute meeting — it continues in this fashion for most of the remaining time, though other voices try to dial back the furor, and at least some of the subsequent discussion gets into the sort of conflicts which, again, are routine in these sorts of forums, and all the more so when volunteers fall into disagreements — complaints that one person or another is abusing their power, is failing in their duties, is being too critical of others.  And the March 26 Zoom meeting likewise posted on Zoom, is a much more sedate affair.

But this illustrates the harm of this relentless focus on racism and the anti-racist cause.  Broshi herself insists that she’s ordinarily nonconfrontational, noncombative, but she, as well as Wrocklage’s other opponents, all of whom identify themselves as (white) allies to black people, lose their ability to calmly step back from their anger.

Is this a one-off?  Does Broshi look at this video and cringe?  Or is this fury repeating itself over and over again?  In any case, what’s meant as a set of tools (“white fragility”) for seeing the world in a better way and making it a better place has become toxic and harmful.


Elizabeth Bauer is a Forbes contributor and actuary who lives in the Chicago area. She also writes as Jane the Actuary at, is an occasional contributor at The Federalist, and tweets at @janetheactuary.


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We have lost our collective minds.

    rinardman in reply to lichau. | July 7, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Well, ‘they’ have lost their collective minds, I think.

    My mind is just fine, thank you.

      Anonamom in reply to rinardman. | July 7, 2020 at 10:45 am

      I agree with the “we” part. WE watched this take over our educational institutions. WE watched it take over the media. WE watched it take over both government and corporate bureaucracies. WE have allowed this. WE have funded this. So, yes, WE have lost our collective minds. And (what I believe to be)the silent majority of the WE better be prepared to either 1) fight like [email protected] or 2) get used to it. Because the other side is entrenched in all of our institutions, and they’re pretty much kicking our @sses at this point.

        ray in reply to Anonamom. | July 7, 2020 at 12:32 pm

        I am preparing to fight like hell. Perhaps I will be able to join with others of like mind, and we will prevail.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Anonamom. | July 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm

        Perhaps American Patriots should boycott all public education this coming Academic Year 2020 – 2021 by not attending.

        North Carolina Had So Many Requests For Homeschooling The Government Website Crashed…

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Anonamom. | July 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        “…or 2) get used to it.”

        Get used to what? There will not be any stability to get used to, until you are in your grave.

        Blackgriffin in reply to Anonamom. | July 8, 2020 at 2:37 pm

        I need to know what is the prevailing definition amongst the Right of “fight like hell.” How? Voting? Talking? Writing? Shooting? I’m not being sarcastic or critical. I really want to know if anyone has a cohesive plan. I don’t. I have no idea what to do until the real fighting starts and then I know what I have to do. Until then, I’m hoping someone else has a good idea that will prevent the necessity of actual fighting. So far, nothing.

          I keep asking this same question. What will the actual catalyst event be and which national personality will step up to leadership? ie: We need our own Nigel, a leader but not necessarily a politician. All of us will not step up en masse until it gets so bad that we have no choice. But if we are to start fighting now, we will need the two previously mentioned things. It’s clear that there is no political leader willing to lead the American public in this effort and most elected officials will likely not support us.

          Sammy in reply to Blackgriffin. | July 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

          Not everyone “on the right” will have the exact same idea. Because unlike the brainwashed zombies “on the left”, we do this thing I like to call THINKING.

          But hey, you might want examples. I have two:

          A) anyone living in the suburbs or small towns or rural areas,
          if you haven’t already got a gun, BUY A GUN. And actually learn how to use it. And get ORGANIZED with your neighbors, so you can protect each other. Because if you think the insanity and hatred and violence is going to stay in the cities, well thats like looking a cancerous tumor and saying”Hey, that will never spread!”

          Because of course it will!!

          B) While we’re on the topic of this cancer spreading, you absolutely need to alert everyone you know what the Biden campaign wants to do with your community: FORCE IT ACCEPT SECTION 8 HOUSING.

          So, unless you want “your” community to not actually be yours any more, and to have to deal with the crime that ALWAYS comes into every neighborhood that is FORCED to accept the very same folks who engage in screaming loud fist fights at 3 am after a night of them “getting they drink on”, this needs to be stopped cold.

          Which means your idiot neighbors who vote straight Democrat need to be shown what will happen this time if they do. I very much doubt they will actually want this. Because otherwise, why do they live in your currently quiet peaceful neighborhood, instead of those vibrant diverse cities?

          PS Here is a link to the document by the Biden campaign

          And here is the relevant paragraph. and YES, it means YOUR neighborhood gets some hoodrats, like it or not
          “Democrats will vigorously enforce the Fair Housing Act and the
          Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and hold lenders accountable for discriminatory practices. We will use the federal government to enforce settlements against discriminatory lenders, and
          require communities to proactively review housing patterns and remedy local policies that have a discriminatory effect.”

      CMartel732 in reply to rinardman. | July 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      It’s a matter of interpreting their minds.

      “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap”

      Translates: “We hate you Whites, and it makes us so angry to see a White man holding & bouncing a brown baby.”

      JusticeDelivered in reply to rinardman. | July 11, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      The truth is that lots of babies and children of all ages would greatly benefit form any man taking interest in them. I have held, played with and consoled black babies many times. I wish more black sperm donors would act like fathers and take interest in their children.

      Thugvon was an example of a neglected child who went down the wrong path. Thugvon was an angry teen, mad that he was going to be tossed out of his school. His father should have been with him that night, giving him tough love. Instead, dad was out getting laid.

      Teenage is the most dangerous time of child rearing, more so if the child has not received the right balance of constant love and discipline throughout their childhood.

    JohnC in reply to lichau. | July 7, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Our society is being engulfed by a non-theistic religious cult.
    They gather in large groups and chant their non-theistic prayers.
    They wear their religious symbols at work and proselytise to everyone with whom they come into contact.
    They cast out non-believers from their lives be they siblings, parents or lifelong friends.
    They have faith in the teachings and repeat the sayings in their messages at all times.
    They are true believers.

    NavyMustang in reply to lichau. | July 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    NYC needs to start dumping Thorazine into the water.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to lichau. | July 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    All I can say is that We of the Silent Majority need to get off our collective asses and get to the physical voting booths en mass come November. Because these lunatics are out to steal the election with mail-in voting. If we manage to stop them, there will be riots in the streets, if we fail to stop them, there might as well go find your hand baskets.

      If we fail to stop them there will be riots in the streets.

      Either way (WE MUST stop them) it is going to be horrific in November if they cannot stand to see a white man holding a brown baby and lose their (her) minds and self control over it.

      This is their utopian, just society?

      Paul In Sweden in reply to Antifundamentalist. | July 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      I am not sure if the ballot recounts will be done by January. This is going to be worse than when the Al Gore Democrats tried to steal the elections with the Florida re-re-recount fiasco.

    Don in reply to lichau. | July 9, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    We have nearly lost our nation, and I blame Gingrich and Republicans in a large part. Why?

    When the Republicans took over Congress, sworn in as the new Congress in January 1995, the first order of actual business should have been the repeal of Hart-Celler.

    But many Republicans, especially Gingrich, had already fallen into the diversity-trap.

    Twenty five years later and Democrats now want to admit all of the world’s migrants into America. They have been boldened through Republican inaction, and they know that Republicans in Congress will pay but lip-service against their new scheme to destroy America. The Chamber-of-Commerce must be thrilled.

    We have met the enemy and it is Republicans.

      stl in reply to Don. | July 10, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Republican compromise is largely to blame, I agree. As tough as they talk, the overall votes have destroyed our Republic. Likewise, we failed to “Watch the watchers” instead believing that tyrannical elements in our country would respect the constitution, then beleiving that Republicans would protect the constitution, neither of which has happened.

We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling on mixed race marriage and now, I guess, that was bad ?
Clearly, there is a problem, but it’s not with me.

    OrJustThink in reply to Neo. | July 7, 2020 at 10:56 am

    The problem is that we have become a society that thinks its an ok idea to stand back and let ‘scotus’ tell us who we can and cannot be in a relationship with. That was a very telling sign at the beginning of the end of what America was meant to represent.

    Anacleto Mitraglia in reply to Neo. | July 7, 2020 at 11:39 am

    It depends.
    Black man marries white woman, good.
    White man marries black woman, bad.
    Unless you’re a Dem mayor, and the black is also a lesbian, of course.

    JAL in reply to Neo. | July 7, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Bottom line appears to be “mixed” marriages are evil.

      henrybowman in reply to JAL. | July 8, 2020 at 11:46 pm

      Is history rhyming again? Isn’t that exactly what the Jim Crowers were saying 100 years ago? Could they have been right? I don’t think so, but I’m a white male, so I’m automatically wrong about everything.

Policing speech is not free speech.
Policing thought and association is nuts.
I can’t imagine going through life trying to avoid all the landmines these woke people lay out, so I won’t. Don’t play their game.
One aside, her attire for the meeting was not what I would call appropriate (and I say that as a woman).

I’ve always said that the 14th amendment gave everybody the right to be a racist. They are merely embracing the horror.

    henrybowman in reply to Neo. | July 8, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Actually, it’s the first amendment. It acknowledges that everybody except the government has the right to their own prejudices. The constitution wasn’t written to shackle the citizen, it was written to shackle the government.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 7, 2020 at 9:20 am

More and more, I want to buy a little place out in the woods somewhere, put up some solar panels for a bit of electricity, install a well, and build a simple little house. Move in with nothing more than a piano, musical recordings, and plenty of books. Trips to town only as needed, but aside from, that. be isolated from everyone else. Just me, the books, the music, and the critters in the woods.

Anacleto Mitraglia | July 7, 2020 at 9:23 am

They all must love Uncle Joe and his hairy legs, then.

And this right here ladies and gentlemen is the root of our societal ills. We’ve let nutters like this infest and run our educational systems for decades. The feral, simple-minded idiots rioting in the streets are the end result.

Leftists always try to top each other to be the most woke. And they always look to point their fingers and screech at someone else.

It sounds exhausting, always trying to sound even crazier than they were yesterday, but they never stop.

Dantzig93101 | July 7, 2020 at 9:56 am

“Seek, and you shall find.” If you go through life looking for reasons to be offended, you will find them.

And you will always be unhappy, but it’s a small price to pay for destroying America and civilization. Right?

In truth, the fault is not that of the useful idiots and the mentally ill. The fault is that of people who have a duty to stop the lunacy, have the ability to do so, but refuse to do their duty, either out of a misguided hope they can appease the mob or simply for their own personal gain.

What’s funny is this crap is invented by liberals as a way to criticize and undermine people who don’t agree with them, then they are flabbergasted when they’re held to the standards they invented.

“but, but, but…I’m on YOUR side”…but they have to pay homage to the silly infractions they invented or they’re undermining their own arguments, hence the ridiculous kowtowing and backpedaling and patronizing.

It would be fun to watch if it weren’t so painfully obtuse.

Sit down and shut the f*ck up. It’s like the left is practically BEGGING for a massive, all-at-once spanking. Which, of course, they would richly deserve.

In any case, what’s meant as a set of tools (“white fragility”) for seeing the world in a better way and making it a better place has become toxic and harmful.

It has never been about making the world a better place. It has always been about exerting power and control over people.

I am a “lucky” recipient of the term “POC”.
I can’t find the words to express how much that irritates me. I am not a fucking POC and I’ll appreciate it if they stopped using the term. I am an American and the color of my skin has absolutely nothing to do with it.
This obsession with segregating people by the color of our skins, and the fake concern, the fake guilt, the disgusting White savior complex, it is all bullshit. It is all a sick and deranged and reprehensible attempt to use people and create division for political purposes.
I am not denying that there are so called POC that willingly participate in this, but it’s because they are either left wing bigots themselves, or because they are opportunistic leeches trying to take advantage.

    Squires in reply to Exiliado. | July 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

    “It has never been about making the world a better place. It has always been about exerting power and control over people.”


    JAL in reply to Exiliado. | July 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    The cursive is lovely, isn’t it? My grandfather left little notebooks behind (he was a salesman) and some letters, and the handwriting is exquisite.

I just love the way people of ill will invent crimes. So now it’s a crime to have mixed friends and family, because it makes you look … good?

Throw the bums out.

Now, we also have BLM “jumping the shark” by going into “Black Supremacy”

Black people are watching this stuff and thinking that white people are fuckin nuts

Broshi herself insists that she’s ordinarily nonconfrontational, noncombative

And she’s now marked as a surrender-monkey.

Her goose is cooked. All the sharks go for the fish which is already injured . . . even if the fish is another shark.

Dusty Pitts | July 7, 2020 at 11:18 am

Even before getting into the video I see two red flags (is it racist to notice the color of the flags? IDGAS) just in the description.

1. It’s a meeting of an Education Council. In this day and age the one thing you can be sure of about an Education Council is that it will be convened, chaired, and populated by people who could achieve nothing more in their first foray into adulthood than to be Education majors.

2. It’s in New York City, which recent events have done everything in their power to confirm my longstanding personal conviction is A Bad Idea.

The more I see this nonsense, I only have to ask: Is this woman against interracial relationships and marriage? I know segregation is back in vogue in higher education, but between this lunatic and the Toronto BLM leader who sounds like she is replacing “Jews” with “White” in Mein Kampf (see, I’m starting to believe the left wants to overturn Loving vs Virginia.

“It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap”

I saw this quote, and immediately assumed that it was referring to racists, white supremacists, who are hurt and offended at such a sight. Is that not the natural assumption on seeing such a quote? Isn’t that what everyone else also assumed, before reading the article? Imagine my surprise that it’s “colored people” who are supposedly hurt. And I still wonder, how?

    scfanjl in reply to Milhouse. | July 7, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I would have assumed the same also, 17 years ago when my husband and I (both white) adopted a beautiful, black, baby girl. My shock then was the unkindness of a few black strangers. Never has it been white people. I guess I should anticipate that now, at least when in a blue state.

    JAL in reply to Milhouse. | July 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    “I saw this quote, and immediately assumed that it was referring to racists”

    I saw “luxury car” and immediately thought white driver.

      Milhouse in reply to JAL. | July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Where did you see “luxury car”? I don’t see it in this story. And why would you assume that? There are many black people who drive luxury cars.

      (Indeed in the early days of motoring all cars were luxury cars, and all cars were driven by black people; hence the notorious prediction by an early motoring executive that the limiting factor on the world demand for automobiles was the number of negroes smart enough to be trained as chauffeurs!)

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | July 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Actually, that never occurred to me. Almost assuredly, that’s because I have rarely in my life encountered a white supremacist or separatist, whereas I encounter irrational Woke maniacs every single day.

Are we at peak woke?

The following book might become a classic in defending decency.

Diversity is a progressive condition under the Pro-Choice religion.

Mental illness is a serious societal issue, and it’s growing.

“It hurts when people see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap.”

It hurts more when you’re doing something positive and uplifting which actually promotes racial harmony and you are falsely accused of racism by an out of control crazy white woman yelling at the top of her lungs and making a spectacle for the whole world to see.

Any how, according to her accusation, it would seem that the transgression was bouncing the baby on his lap. Or, reading between the lines, the crime was that a white man touching a brown baby. In that case, the man should not be allowed to drink water from the same water fountain for then she could say: “It hurts when people see a white man drinking from the same water fountain as brown people.”

Clearly, Robin Broshi did not learn how to summarize or to do book reviews in college.

No, wait: Robin Broshi did not learn how to reason.

(Sidenote to Self: Keep mouth shut in Zoom meetings–or avoid them altogether.)

She is deciding policy??? And you wonder how we got here?

LukeHandCool | July 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Our half-Asian kids have always had super tanning powers.

During summers, I used to say our youngest daughter looked like she just walked out of the Amazon.

I don’t remember getting any horrified looks when I used to bounce our very brown babies on my lap.

I do remember living in Japan in the 1990s. In the summer of 1995 my Japanese wife, our then 4-year-old daughter, and I took a vacation to Hawaii.

The day after we arrived we were having lunch in a Waikiki hotel. At the tables next to us were some 15-20 old vets with their military caps on.

It dawned on me they were there for some reunion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the victory over Japan in the Pacific War.

As they got up to leave, they pretty much made a single-file line to walk by our table, pat our daughter on the head, and tell us how beautiful she was. They chatted with us like the most kindly and loving of grandfathers.

My wife and our daughter spoke no English at the time and they had heard us conversing in Japanese.

My wife’s maternal grandfather had fought for Japan in the Pacific and had been given up for dead when he suddenly walked into his hometown one day after the war (unbeknownst to his wife and children, he had been a POW at the end of the war).

Nine months after he suddenly walked into town, my wife’s mother was born.

My wife’s paternal grandfather was a mechanic working on the Zero fighter planes.

So, these old vets of the Pacific theater of WWII start filing by our table and patting our daughter on the head and telling us she’s beautiful. All the while I’m interpreting their comments into Japanese for my wife.

I could tell my wife was on the verge of tears … and I felt in awe of not only the forgiveness and lack of any hatred from these men, but of their obvious love of life and fellow human beings.

When the last old vet had chatted with us for a few seconds and wished us well, my wife said to me in Japanese,

“Oh … they’re so cute.”

She seemed to look at them with the joy and love with which they looked at our daughter.

It was an amazing moment that took us by surprise. I’ll never forget it. And I’ll never forget the class and humanity of those men who’d fought an especially brutal war … and yet held no ill will towards the Japanese people.

That four-year-old girl is now 29 and engaged to the son of a Jewish rabbi. What a melting pot this country is.

Of these “crazy wokes” she would say what she once said to me as a teenager about some news story concerning a race obsessed, politically correct, insufferable lefty:

“These people need to get a life and a sense of humor.”

Speaking of which, I like to think I have a good sense of humor. But when our three kids were little, we often went to the park nearby which had water features for the kids to run around in, getting drenched.

My wife would bring dry clothes to change them after they were done playing in the water.

As Japanese mothers invariably do when they want to change their little kids’ t-shirts, the mothers say, “Banzai!” so the kids will throw their arms straight up in the air and the mother can then easily yank off their t-shirts.

The first couple times my wife did this, the other mothers around us looked on with funny smiles.

I felt uncomfortable so I asked my wife not to semi-shout, “Banzai!” when we were in the park.

Of course, with her defiant and twisted sense of humor, my wife from then on yelled, “Banzai!” louder and louder.

It’s only now that I can look back in amusement.

Please, crazy woke leftists. Become human again and have a little fun. And learn to laugh at yourselves. Because everybody is laughing at you now.

    DaveGinOly in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 7, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    The most fabulous comment I have ever read here at LI.

    Willy in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    This reminds me of the time I was in a restaurant in rural Georgia with my Filipina wife and our kids. A woman at a neighboring table kept looking over at us. I figured that this was par for the course in that part of the world. She’d never seen an interracial family and was maybe a bit prejudiced or saw us as some kind of freaks she’d never seen before. She just kept looking at us, especially the kids. This was Dixie, after all, and I’d heard all the stories about rednecks. At the end of her meal, she got up, walked over to us and said, “I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your children are.”

    Like your table full of WWII vets, my father-in-law spent 3 years in Camp O’Donnell, getting periodically abused by Japanese guards. After the war he became an American. He never expressed any animosity towards the Japanese and was never impolite to anyone. We Americans are a special breed.

      LukeHandCool in reply to Willy. | July 7, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      About 15 years ago I worked with a Filipino man who had been learning judo as a hobby for some time. When he found out my wife was Japanese and that I had lived in Japan, he was full of questions. (He had never been to Japan.)

      I knew he grew up in the Philippines, and he was older than me, so one day I asked him if he had any relatives who’d been affected by the Japanese occupation during the war.

      “Oh, yes,” he said. “They executed my grandfather and my uncle.”

      A few years later I was working in a different office with three older Filipina women. One day they were talking about old times and for a while they talked about the war years. One of the women said she’d been a little girl when her father was imprisoned by the Japanese. When the war ended, he came home one day.

      She said she knew it was him, but she was so shocked at the skin and bones skeletal figure who’d been tortured and starved that at first she was unable to speak. She said words would not come out, but soon she and her father were just sobbing and hugging each other.

      To listen to today’s crazy wokes, you’d think they’d been through enormous suffering and hardship. The absolute opposite is the truth.

      When our eldest daughter, (the one I talked about in my comment above), was in the fourth or fifth grade, she told me the teacher wanted them to pick an aspect of WWII to do a report on. I was happy as I think WWII is not covered nearly enough in our schools to show how things can go so wrong so quickly.

      A couple days later I was driving her somewhere and when I asked her if she’d chosen a topic, I could tell something was wrong and she was uneasy about it. I finally found out why. Since she was half-Japanese, the teacher wanted her to do something “from the Japanese perspective.” Hearing that irritated me and I flippantly said, “Well, our family name is German, so why don’t you ask her if she’d like you to do it from the German perspective?’

      Our daughter asked in disbelief, “Our last name is German??”

      She quietly moaned and said, “I’m totally made up of the enemy.”

      I then gave her an impromptu speech about how she was not Japanese nor German, but completely American. I told her I didn’t have a drop of British blood in me, but I was just as American as an American whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower, as was she.

      For good measure I added, “Your grandfather is of German descent, but your grandmother is of Czech, Jewish, and French descent. It doesn’t matter where your ancestors came from. That’s just geography. You’re American.”

      I went on for a while and I felt quite proud of my little off-the-cuff speech in the car and felt I’d really impressed upon her the lesson of being American. So, at the end of my speech, I asked her,

      “Okay. So … you get what I’m saying, right?”

      “Yeah,” she replied quietly. “I’m totally made up of the enemy.”

      The happy ending: She chose, against the teacher’s wishes, to do her report and presentation on the brave crew of the B-17 bomber, The Memphis Belle.

        Willy in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 8, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        Great story. One of my mother-in-law’s childhood memories was wondering why the neighbors hadn’t been seen a in a few weeks. The went to the house and found them all lying dead in the basement, killed by Japanese bayonets. A baby was lying dead on his mother’s chest. From that day forward, her job was to go there every day and sprinkle lime on the decaying bodies. Yeah, hard to understand why American youth believe they’re undergoing hardship. But like my father-in-law, she never expressed any hostility towards the Japanese. She just lived her good Catholic lifestyle and raised a wonderful conservative daughter.

          henrybowman in reply to Willy. | July 9, 2020 at 12:07 am

          “Yeah, hard to understand why American youth believe they’re undergoing hardship.”

          Human nature is full of riddles; . . . one of those riddles is: how is it that people who have been crushed by the sheer weight of slavery and cast to the bottom of the pit can nevertheless find strength in themselves to rise up and free themselves first in spirit and then in body while those who soar unhampered over the peaks of freedom suddenly lose the taste of freedom, lose the will to defend it, and, hopelessly confused and lost, almost begin to crave slavery?’
          — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      tom_swift in reply to Willy. | July 7, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      At the end of her meal, she got up, walked over to us and said, “I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your children are.

      Do that now and far too many people will assume they’re dealing with some kind of creepazoid.

    gibbie in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 12, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Excellent and timely post! Thanks you!

    I hope you have read the last part of “Unbroken” (the book – not the movie (which leaves the last part out)).

Dr. Karlyn Borysenko on reading White Fragility:

with the members of his wise and patriotic Cabinet, we, the colored people, newly emancipated and rejoicing in our blood-bought freedom

Colored child.

Diversity (i.e. color judgments), including racism, sexism, etc., breeds adversity. They need to leave the Progressive Church, lose their Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic religion, and reject liberal (i.e. divergent) ideology. #PrinciplesMatter #BabyLivesMatter

Brave Sir Robbin | July 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm

“Move in with nothing more than a piano, musical recordings, and plenty of books.”

I suggest you add a few fire arms and a healthy stock of ammunition to your list. For hunting, of course.

Jeremiah 25:15 Thus the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16 They shall drink and stagger and be crazed because of a the sword that I am sending among them.

Sounds to me like Robin Broshi drained the cup all by herself.

Seriously, I see no point in trying to reason with the left any longer … being godless and un-moored, there’s no common point of reference to even begin conversation with them. If one believes in the age of the gentiles and the fullness of sin – this madness is to be expected and is for the purpose of stretching out their haughty necks to be cut off. The wheat and tares parable is an eye-opening metaphor. How are they separated? When the wind blows – symbolic of God’s Spirit moving – the wheat bends and sways with the wind; the tares stand tall – unbending. So you leftards, keep mouthing off, keep boasting of your own intelligence and superiority – the smart ones will assume a posture of prayer and the fear of God.

healthguyfsu | July 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm

The whole thing until the superintendent comes in and bores everyone is great cannaliberalism porn. I highly recommend popcorn.

Just wait until you start hearing about the microaggressions that don’t warrant an investigation because they are too subtle. Yet, an apology should still be done by “adults” because someone else said you hurt them. This is perfect liberal logic…no proof it happened but lots of talk and feels to exert power over someone else.

America better get on the stick or these woke fools are gonna get the bulge on us for and we’re gonna loose everything good America stands for.

So Leftists are wanting total segregation, hard to keep up.

Blackgriffin | July 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

What exactly do these idiots mean by “white fragility?” I’ve heard them throwing around that term when they want to stifle a white person’s opinion, but I refuse to “read a book” about it. Anyone willing to give me a concise working definition?

    henrybowman in reply to Blackgriffin. | July 9, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Are you asking for spoilers? Are you trying to ruin your entire reeducation experience?

    Milhouse in reply to Blackgriffin. | July 9, 2020 at 2:03 am

    “White fragility” means white people don’t like it when you call them racist, and don’t react well.

    Now you don’t have to read the book, or even the Wikipedia page.

Dear non-white people:
I am so sorry that, between 800 BC and 1950 AD, 95% of all scientific advancements came from white males. I don’t know what we were thinking.

    Willy in reply to CrustyB. | July 7, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Their answer is that women and minorities were boxed out. Get that? There was someone in tribal, stone-age Nigeria who would have contributed to the theory of relativity, but he was prevented from doing so.

      JAL in reply to Willy. | July 7, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      The guy in stone age Nigeria didn’t have any white guy there to stop him.

      Wakanda is fiction. (And not stone age.)

They’re making Orwell look tame.

“It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap.” What if the White man is the baby’s Dad? (Or the man is 1/2 white like No.44 ?)

I know Robin Diangelo, and she is a nutcase, a quack, a charlatan. And white as a ghost, the very picture of leftist white guilt.

Grand Moff Tarkin | July 8, 2020 at 7:56 am

Since NYC schools are such a pit of racism and anti-woke hatred, the only solution is to defund the schools.

As the saying goes, 80% of success is just from showing up. These are the people who have been showing up in our education system for years.

All the members of that board just need to line up and get slapped silly. They needed it as children but at this point all we can do is slap them as adults.

This all got underway on October 31, 1517. They lied about reforming the Church, all that many wanted was their own power. Now Christianity is splintered into tens-of-thousands of sects. A house divided.

We see today more attacks on Christianity, which has been watered down and neutered in many ways already. A Catholic priest speaks the truth about the BLM moveement and his cowardly Bishop suspends him.

All around us what held Christendom together is torn asunder. The thin veneer of civilization is nearly worn away.

RightStuff1944 | July 10, 2020 at 1:51 pm

When I get around people who have screwy ideas like this lady, I diplomatically and swiftly remove myself from the situation. I have found that ideas like this indicate that the person is not wired up correctly, and could be dangerous to my person and my reputation.

Robin Broshi, aka, Karen, is a deeply troubled and fearful hate monger. The stench of cat urine, masked by patchouli, only deepens my concerns about her stability. For her own safety someone needs to glue her teeth together and have her watch “Gold Finger” staring Sean Connery. Her cats will thank you.