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The cancer of the campus social justice craze is spreading into high schools. One school in Oxford, Mississippi has installed an institute to teach so-called racial reconciliation, but something far more sinister is seeping into the kids’ minds.

As Lee Habeeb explains, what’s being taught is, all white people are racist:

It happened without us knowing it. It happened without most parents getting any real notice from the local school board in the small town we live in, an hour south of Memphis, called Oxford, Mississippi.

There was one article in our town paper, The Oxford Eagle, about the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation entering into a formal contract to teach racial tolerance and inclusiveness to our K-12 teachers at our local public schools. But nothing else.

Did we have race problems in the schools I didn’t know about? I wondered when I read the story. I’d chosen to move my family to this beautiful town in part because the school is integrated — and because I’d witnessed far better race relations in Mississippi than in New Jersey, the state I’d lived in for the better part of my life.

And why a contract with this group? I wondered. What is this Winter Institute? What does this group from the campus of Ole Miss believe? What is their mission, and who are their leaders and staff?

Surely, I figured, they had a sensitivity to people of all colors, religious backgrounds, and political orientations. And the group would surely practice tolerance and inclusion if it was chosen to teach tolerance and inclusion.

So I did some digging. First came the contract. It seemed harmless — but then I stumbled upon this paragraph: “[The William Winter Institute] will provide equity training in implicit bias, micro-aggressions, stereotype threat, and the historical context of education in Mississippi for all OSD staff.”

There it was. The very ideas hatched at our nation’s most extremely liberal universities were now being delivered straight into our local public schools.

“Implicit bias” theory is just that: a theory. And in the wrong hands, it has the potential to do more harm than good, particularly when the people teaching it drive the disturbing notion that all white people are racists, and don’t know it. Microaggressions have been used at college campuses across the country to deter speech, and they create an environment that actually harms free expression of ideas. Stereotype threat, too, is quite controversial, and has impacted college campuses quite negatively.

Surely, I thought, the board of education just didn’t know the long-term impact that these notions have had on college campuses — and on the climate of free speech and thought.

Then I went to work and examined the William Winter Institute. Though their literature was slick and featured people of all races and ages smiling and holding hands, the diversity on the staff — particularly on the idea front — was absent.

Of the small staff, there was not a single person who could be called even a center-right conservative. The website that houses the Winter Institute’s political positions — ReThinkMS.org — was filled with the usual leftist vision for all that ails America, and their positions were wide-ranging on everything from school choice to hydraulic fracking. Each and every position was fundamentally from the Left, even the far Left. Few posts had anything to do with race.

All fine and good, as the Winter Institute has every right to advance the political positions it chooses. But choosing this overtly political leftist group to teach tolerance and inclusion must have been an oversight on the school board and superintendent’s part, too, I thought.

It gets worse from there. Word needs to get out that fascism is creeping into high school classrooms, because it appears parents aren’t aware what’s being taught to their own children.

Click here to read the rest of Habeeb’s investigation into this troubling matter.

Photo credit: Michael Fleshman via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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