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Even Democrats in Massachusetts Are Objecting to DEI Policies in Their Schools

Even Democrats in Massachusetts Are Objecting to DEI Policies in Their Schools

“And their complaints have nothing to do with being white.”

The media is trying to make parents’ rights a conservative issue but that’s just not true.

Newsweek reports:

The Toxicity of DEI: A Tale From Newton, Massachusetts

A white grievance backlash has arrived in Massachusetts, to hear the liberal media tell it. Well-funded and well-connected GOP power players masquerading as aggrieved parents have been “harassing educators for policies they deem unfair to white students and antithetical to their values,” per a Boston Globe columnist. It’s “white backlash politics” that’s “clearly coordinated, with right-wing money” and engaged in a campaign of “whipping suburban parents into a frenzy” to win elections for the Republicans.

Sounds sinister! But if you talk to the parents at the center of the ongoing fight over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in public schools in Newton, Massachusetts, you’ll find something very different. You won’t find MAGA Republicans opposing DEI in the schools, but rather liberal Democrats who have noticed a shift in their children’s school system priorities. And their complaints have nothing to do with being white.

One parent had a child excluded from an affinity group (a race-based social group), while other parents were dismayed to find an accelerated math program that was in place for years had been scrapped due to equity concerns. Still others were troubled to learn that their children’s English and History instruction was filled with language dividing everyone into categories of oppressor or oppressed.

When these parents questioned the school about these issues, they were told that their complaints targeted aspects of their children’s education that were consistent the values of Newton Public Schools (NPS). That was true: In 2022, NPS shared these values in their Statement of Values and Commitment to Racial Equity. With imperatives like “Take immediate and sustained action to dismantle racism in our schools and communities” and “It is essential to give voice to those who have traditionally been underrepresented and historically marginalized,” the Statement of Values consists of typical progressive antiracism language, which leaves you with no doubt that blacks and other minorities are marginalized and have no agency, and adheres to the highly subjective findings of unconscious bias.


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Ha ha ha ha!
Newton a hotbed of white supremacy!
Next, we’ll learn that Huey Newton was a Grand Dragon of the KKK.

    henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | April 24, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Man, I miss that edit button every day.
    Actually Newton IS a hotbed of white supremacy.
    Just not right-wing/Republican white supremacy.

The Gentle Grizzly | April 24, 2023 at 4:26 pm

Given the reaction to busing for integration in Massachusetts, I’m not surprised.