December 6, 2021

"White privilege, he told his nearly all-White class, is 'a fact.' Hawn apologized after at least one parent objected. But a few months later..."

"... he assigned the Ta-Nehisi Coates essay 'The First White President,' spurring more parent complaints. This time school officials issued a letter of reprimand to Hawn for one-sided teaching. After that, Hawn promised to stay away from the topic. But in late April, a student mentioned White privilege during a class discussion about the trial of Derek Chauvin — the White Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd by kneeling on the Black man’s neck — and Hawn could not help himself. He navigated to YouTube and pulled up 'White Privilege,' a scathing and profane four-minute poetry performance by Kyla Jenée Lacey. 'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' the Black writer demands at one point. “Try a cramped slave ship.' 'I will probably get fired for showing this,' Hawn joked before hitting play. Less than a month later, he was."

98 comments:

Menahem Globus said...

Kind of like a Mormon teacher handing out church tracts to his calculus students. Keep the proselyting at home if you want to keep your job.

Joe Smith said...

"'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' the Black writer demands at one point. “Try a cramped slave ship.'"

These race-baiting 'artists' should thank God every day that their ancestors were slaves.

Spend some time in Burundi and then get back to me.

Sebastian said...

"He navigated to YouTube and pulled up 'White Privilege,' a scathing . . ."

So what would happen to a teacher pulling up a scathing video on the extent of black crime?

Privilege is expressed in the form of taboos. American political taboos favor blacks.

gilbar said...

White Privilege IS a Fact!
Only a WHITE teacher would(COULD!) have the Privilege of being fired for preaching to his students
(Seriously, can you name a single black teacher that's been fired for this?)

rcocean said...

So, people who are teaching white kids to hate themselves are the REAL Victims. LOL. Man, it never changes. No matter how much power the Liberal/Left has, and how fasicst they are, they ALWAYS portray themselves as the brave little rebels, trying to bring "the truth and new challenging ideas" to everyone.

I'd love to know why Mr. Hawn seems so obsessed with teaching anti-white ideas to his class. Did he think all this up himself? I doubt it. Where is it coming from? who is teaching the teacher? And while Mr. Hawn may have a white skin, perhaps he identifes as something else. Is that the root of his obsession?

And thank God he was fired. Which brings up the question, we all think that kids need to know reading, writing, math, etc. But after that, what values should be taught? How should history and Literature be taught? Ultimately, that's something the parents should decide.

wendybar said...

Progressivism is a mental illness as witnessed in the story above.

Achilles said...

the White Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd by kneeling on the Black man’s neck

This is a blood libel. People that support this publication are participating in evil.

Floyd died because his lungs were full of fluid due to ingesting drugs.

The knee on the neck had absolutely nothing do to with him dying. He would have died running down the street free as a bird.

Achilles said...

'I will probably get fired for showing this,' Hawn joked before hitting play. Less than a month later, he was."

He will be taken care of. He was doing the bidding of his paymasters and they will reward him.

His paymasters are the people funding the current inner city crime wave.

And fund the GOPe and Democrat parties.

And own the Media.

Achilles said...

And open borders.

And endless wars that we bungle and lose.

And stagflation.

And Covid hysteria.

tim in vermont said...

"and Hawn could not help himself."

We all know the type.

Maybe he could have had them read the journals of soldiers who fought in the Civil War to give another perspective, besides the slave ship stuff, which was horrible, to be sure. Try being marched in front of enemy guns while your comrades all around you are being shot down. 'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' Too complicated? Then maybe the kids are too young for the subject.

Dave Begley said...

Yeah, Chauvin really is a beneficiary of white privilege as he sits in the MN state pen; fighting for his life every day. The jury was intimidated to find him guilty. And, on top of that, substantial credible evidence existed that Floyd died of a drug overdose.

We don't need a race war in America. Slavery ended in 1865. But the Left wants to divide us into tribes so they can gain power.

And what was Hawn's teaching assignment? What was he teaching?

He'll probably get a higher paying job at some East Coast prep school after all this publicity.

Mike Sylwester said...

What Are They Teaching Our Children?, an article by John Hinderaker at Powerline Blog.

Hinderaker writes:

.... In Minnesota, the battle over CRT has focused largely on new Social Studies standards and benchmarks for grades K-12. Our left-wing governor appointed a committee consisting mostly of representatives of left-wing activist groups to draft the new standards, and my organization has been battling to educate the public and mobilize opposition. We got 23,000 Minnesotans to submit public comments opposing the first and second drafts of the new Social Studies standards. The third draft has just been released, and once again we are leading the opposition.

... My colleague Katherine Kersten has reviewed and analyzed draft number three of the proposed standards. I strongly recommend that you read her entire analysis to fully appreciate how evil the CRT movement is. Here are a few excerpts; Kathy writes:

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The first Ethnic Studies standards (Std. 23) teaches that a student’s personal identity is determined by his or her group status:

Identity: Analyze the ways power and language construct the social identities of race, religion, geography, ethnicity and gender. Apply these understandings to one’s own social identities and other groups living in Minnesota, centering those whose stories and histories have been marginalized, erased or ignored.

The second and third standards (Std. 24 and Std. 25) require students to organize to “resist” America’s “systemic” abuse of power against “marginalized,” “oppressed” groups:

Resistance: Describe how individuals and communities have fought for freedom and liberation against systemic and coordinated exercises of power locally and globally…and organize with others to engage in activities that could further the rights and dignity of all.

Ways of Knowing: Use ethnic and indigenous studies methods in order to understand the roots of contemporary systems of oppression and apply lessons from the past to eliminate historical and contemporary injustices.


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[Hinderaker's article continues with more examples.]

YoungHegelian said...

Exponents of CRT are being dishonest about the fact that they are using the tenets of CRT as their underlying philosophy of history.

Now, all histories are written under sway of some sort of philosophy of history, whether the historian knows or admits it or not (even the view that history is nothing but one contingent event after another is a philosophy of history).

But Marxist & CRT histories labor under a mighty-big philosophical assumption --- that consciousness exists. By consciousness, I don't mean consciousness in any physiological sense, but that what a knowing subject can know is determined by an environmental factor (e.g. race, class).

Consciousness is so ubiquitous in the discourse of the Left since Feuerbach & Marx that it's just assumed to be a fact of human existence. Well, it's not. Most of the history of Western philosophy gets along pretty well without Consciousness in the Marxist sense. Matter of fact, for some schools of thought (e.g. Wolffian Rationalism & its progeny, Kant) it's impossible that such an epistemologically constrained knowing subject can properly be considered a "knowing subject" at all.

This is what pisses me off most about these encounters with CRT at the pre-university level: the arrogant pretense that their dubious metaphysics (and all metaphysical assumptions are prima facie dubious) are just obvious fact.

Narayanan said...

Miscommunication caused by improper grasp of how to use language by English teacher to students not yet fully aware of time period distinctions.

Question should be "white privilege" as past fact or present reality or future hypothesis

Michael K said...

This sort of thing is taking us back to the 1950s when, as Thomas Sowell said, "I am so old I remember when most racists were white."

I don't understand the purpose of setting 13% of the population at odds with the rest. Democrats, the authors of "Jim Crow," seem to think this will bring more political success than economic progress like Trump was achieving.

rhhardin said...

He was wrong about the Floyd death for one thing.

hawkeyedjb said...

“Try a cramped slave ship."

No thanks, Ms. Jenée. Do you think moral authority comes from things that didn't happen to you, from people who didn't do them?

Original Mike said...

"…Kyla Jenée Lacey. 'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' the Black writer demands at one point. “Try a cramped slave ship.'

Good example of the CRT scam. Kyla Jenee Lacey never experienced a "cramped slave ship". He's on the same footing here as his white audience.

I call cultural appropriation!

Real American said...

It's not a fact. It's a racist conspiracy theory.

pacwest said...

“Try a cramped slave ship.'

You first. Oh, nevermind. No, wait. I guess I already did back in the Roman days. That means I was first and my victim hood outweighs yours. I win.

Idiots and scammers. A match made in heaven!

tim maguire said...

Why did it take so long to get someone with so little self-control out of the classroom? He doesn't look like I thought he would, but the German Shepard? That seems appropriate.

reader said...

This reminds me of the concept of original sin and the treatment of women. I don’t particularly like it.

taco said...

I can't get past the paywall, but from other stories I gather he's a social studies teacher. He started getting in trouble after he "accidentally" lectured the wrong class about how Kyle Rittenhouse was evidence of "racism in the US." He claimed he had intended it for a current affairs class. He was ultimately fired for refusing to teach the materials he was supposed to in the current affairs class---the guy refuses to teach anything other than his own, highly partisan opinions because he doesn't consider any other views to be "credible."

Maybe he should go teach at a university.

Duke Dan said...

My kid doesn’t go to school to be indoctrinated into your personal opinion.

Howard said...

The fat dumb and lazy whites of the Confederate States of America don't have full white privilege. It's punching down to rub it in their greasy rotund faces.

John Borell said...

Maybe we should not teach that one race is better or worse than another.

Wild thought, I know.

madAsHell said...

Yeah.....is it white privilege, or intelligence???

This Person said...

I guess white privilege only goes so far.

Ice Nine said...

Anyone who believes the WaPo's "poor-innocent-guy-just-trying-to-stimulate-edifying-discussion" sugar-coating of this story doesn't know Left-wing teachers very well.

Nor does he know WaPo very well...

My name goes here. said...

The thing is, Kingsport, TN is not in what we would call an economic prosperous area. If this guy really wanted to get his SJW jollies he could have easily stated that rich privilege is real and had parents praising him.

Telling the parents that live in trailers that cannot afford dental care, with that opioid addicted out of work cousin that they are the recipients of white privilege is as bold as it is clueless.

DanTheMan said...

Maybe letting people who hate our country teach our children was a mistake?

MikeR said...

Now "White" is capitalized too? I found it annoying enough with "Black". Please leave White people alone.

R C Belaire said...

I hope this crap resolves itself soon; it's getting all so tiring.

Critter said...

Good riddance. He was not teaching. He was spreading propaganda and lies.

MikeR said...

The article did not bother to speak to anyone from the side that got him fired. A couple of conservatives who were his friends, that's the closest they got.
Anyone who thinks that the Rittenhouse verdict is an example of White Privilege should probably not be teaching my kids.

LordSomber said...

Whether you believe in it or not, "White privilege is ‘a fact’" is a prejudicial statement.

JPS said...

"'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' [Kyla Jenée Lacey] demands at one point. “Try a cramped slave ship.'"

Oh, did she ride in one?

I am less and less convinced that white privilege per se exists. I am coming to believe that class privilege absolutely exists, and is much more important than I used to think; and that the history of racism has a great deal to do with how many blacks are now in an underprivileged class.

This might seem a distinction without a difference; but it does matter – I think it's crucial – in identifying solutions.

MadisonMan said...

Filed under: "When a Teacher cannot read the room"

Xmas said...

Telling a bunch of lower middle class and poor white kids they have "white privilege" is gauche. (Poverty rate 19%, median income per household is $44k)

Tina Trent said...

Really,the only people who should have been fired was the owner of the ship and the black Africans who sold them into slavery.

Except they’re dead.

Tina Trent said...

My guess is he did a lot more punishing of his students for their heritage in that month. Most firings take three events.

Owen said...

This guy's conduct and its consequences need to be widely publicized.

Pour encourager les autres.

Sorry for that fancy-pants reference in another White Language of Privilege, but it seems apposite.

Gospace said...

More and more a point that I saw in Legal Insurrection comes up.

"The bigger issue, it seems to me, is why white people consistently feel the need to pretend to be minorities in order for advancement in their fields."

No one pretends to be white- especially not a white male- it doesn't provide any meaningful advantages. Well, it's often actually a negative. If it's possible at all to shoehorn a female, minority, or for more diversity points, a minority female, into a job that was held by a white male, a white male not matter how stellar his qualifications won't get the job.

Orchestras have historically hired blindly- literally blindly- by having auditioners play behind curtains so they would be judged solely by their sound and playing. Which led, of course, to too many Asians and whites in the orchestra. So now the hiring committees are viewing the applicants so they can judged on their "diversity" which will supposedly somehow make the orchestra better....

Seems that judging blindly leads to discrimination. Or does it? Another thing often said- equal opportunity does not mean equal outcome.

Václav Patrik Šulik said...

Yeah, privilege.

Kingsport TN is 91.2$ white and has a poverty rate just under 20%. The median household income is $42,856.

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/kingsportcitytennessee

"Matthew Hawn in 2019 was employed in Sullivan County School District and had annual salary of $54,388 according to public records. This salary is 8 percent higher than average and 9 percent higher than median salary in Sullivan County School District."

Source: https://govsalaries.com/hawn-matthew-105291815

Mikey NTH said...

I'm sure he felt good having fought the good fight. A true martyr, perpetually marching across the Pettis Bridge, to the sound of hymns that only he can hear.

The Vault Dweller said...

High School students should be exposed to the idea of White Privilege. It is a commonly held belief and kids should learn about it. The teacher should not advocate for kids to accept it as fact though. And it shouldn't be brought up unless the teacher also brings up fact and arguments against the idea of White Privilege. It shouldn't be talked about with kids younger than High School though.

Leo said...

Seems about right.

Amy Welborn said...

Here's the thing. Kingsport is not rural Tennessee - it's in upper east Tennessee, not far from the Virginia border, and is good sized. But still. I wonder how many of this guy's students experience "white privilege" in their daily lives and when they consider their futures. Do you think they feel "privileged?"

mikee said...

Since there is apparently no remedy for White Privilege other than extermination of Whites, what do proponents of CRT expect to be the future path of society should they be successful in achieving power? Sure, this is a reductio ad absurdum, but it uses the available fact set presented by CRT to frame the question, so perhaps not so reductio, and perhaps not so absurd.

Peter Spieker said...

“Stolen Valor” is a term used for those who falsely claim merit for military actions done by others. Perhaps we could use a couple of new terms:

“Phony Guilt” for those who ostentatiously apologize for offenses everyone knows they have not committed; the apology being a way of drawing attention to the fact that they have not done what they are ostensibly claiming to have done.

“Usurped Suffering” for those who speak as if they had personally endured vile actions done to others, such as being in a concentration camp or on a slave ship, when the speaker has no first hand knowledge of such things.

Big Mike said...

Oh, White Privilege is real all right. It starts early in grade school when white kids /1 discover that they can’t get away with what black kids get away with, lest some parent complain that black kids are being disciplined out of proportion to their percentage of the student population. /2 This encourages white students to develop better self discipline, which pays off later in life. It continues when black students discover that they can get an A without working as hard as white kids, nor do they need to score as well in the SAT to get into a top tier university. And then it continues into the job market, when a boss has to discipline a worker. White males are forced to assume that they really need to correct their behavior and correct it, improving chances of future raises and promotions, while women get to assume the Patriarchy and blacks get to blame it on white racism, and neither makes any effort to address their own shortcomings. /3
__________
Notes:
1) For purposes of this rant Asians are grouped with whites, which is what CRT theorists do already.

2) Parents complaining about daughters being raped or that their children are being cast as “oppressors” are evil, and no attention is to be paid to their complaints. But a parent complaining about her son being suspended over something as minor as getting together with ten of his closest friends to beat up some random honkey in the halls, that’s worth listening to. CRT teaches that the honkey had it coming.

3) Yeah, sometimes the boss is just an asshole.

Rob said...

This guy is Mr. Garrison from "South Park." "White privilege is a fact, mkay?"

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

All that article was missing is the WaPo reporter telling everyone how the residents of Kingsport, TN eat nothing but fried chicken and watermelon!

Clyde said...

Oh, are we capitalizing White now? Good to know.

And I'll just say that the only so-called "White privilege" I ever had was having two parents who were married that raised me. Other than that, I've earned everything I have. For almost all of my adult life, everyone has bent over backwards to help minorities. Nobody ever gave me anything for being white.

Ironclad said...

I commented on the piece at Pravda on the Potomac and advised him to teach in an inner city school for a while. That should abuse him of most of his woke sympathies preset fast as he learns what “acting white” in those places gets him.

But the typical comments there were about the knuckle draggers in the community that were not woke. Funny how they didn’t mention that those folks didn’t want inner city “enrichment” coming to their schools and communities to “equalize” results.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

That video doesn’t strike me as that profane, but a better teacher might have bleeped certain words or offered up a second video of someone speaking to the other side. Is there such a video? I don’t mean a white supremacist rant, or a code word rant, of which there are plenty.

AlbertAnonymous said...

How about The NY Times opinion piece (I won’t include a link without the Professor’s ok, she can link to it if she wants) about the black woman that put one of those book exchange/library kiosks on her front lawn and then found herself angry that (God forbid) white people stopped to look at her books.

Can’t make this shit up…

Black Bellamy said...

Blessed are You, Eternal our God, who has not made me a gentile, amirite? People PRAY to their gods thanking them for a status. Pretty funny. I'm glad I'm not black because who wants that hassle but I'm not going to thank anyone for it. I've been a white guy all my life. You're white. Have you ever extended favor to someone because they were your skin color? No. Neither have I, not anyone I know. It's so over the top it's comical. Oh you're white like me? Here use this form!

There is discrimination, sure! I would hate to have people lock their car doors or cross the street on me, or tell me I can't work or live somewhere because...you know...reasons. I know people discriminate, I've seen it plenty. But the absence of discrimination is not privilege. There is no White Network. There is a Rich Guy one and those guys are mostly white, but that's just demographics and subject to change.

Hey, can you hook up a...fellow white protestant of northern European extraction with a reasonable discount on this fine wicker furniture for the veranda?

Wa St Blogger said...

I'd be more impressed with him if he demanded that the administration replace him with a BIPOC. That's the funny thing about whites who are all about white supremacy. They don't seem to have the courage of their convictions. Maybe it's a white privilege thing to be able to cry about it but not suffer the redressing effects.

Now it is true that males and whites have a bit of an advantage. But then so does living in the burbs, having both parents, not being in foster care, having parents who care about your school success, being born in America....

If you are really serious about redress, then every orphan girl from Africa gets to take the all the c-level positions in every 1st world corporation. Sucks for all the inner city blacks who thought they deserved they goodies but they just don't rate when compared to the people living in the slums of Africa, Brazil, or the Philippines.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

No Black* American alive has ever been on a slave ship. What a load of crap. Glad he's fired. Whatever happened to the three Rs?

*Or any color American for that matter!

Lyle Smith said...

Better to have the students read 12 Years a Slave and not anything from Ta-Nehisi Coates. This where teachers today fail is they ready some young black intellectual today and assign that to teach black history. Ignorant and stupid.

n.n said...

Jew privilege before that, and we know how that progressed.

Critical Racists' Theory (CRT) presumes diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry) denies individual dignity, individual conscience, intrinsic value, and normalizes color blocs (e.g. "people of color"), color quotas, and affirmative discrimination, breeds adversity. Lose your Pro-Choice religion.

Floyd self-aborted from a Fentanyl-induced progressive condition, and an assembled mob that prevented access by authorized medical providers.

That said, stand with the Hutu to slaughter the Tutsi, the Luo elite to enslave lower class males and hold females as breeding stock, the Mandela-led Xhosa to lynch the Zulu and force apartheid, the communists to manage the viability of their Posterity, and collude with the transnational socialists to spread diversity, inequity, and exclusion (DIE). All's fair in lust and abortion, right?

Wilbur said...

As usual, I'd love to read the top-rated comment.

But not enough to subscribe or even click, hell no.

Mark said...

White Hawn should be ecstatic that the White Racism Structure proved him right by imposing its White Power and getting rid of him.

Of course, White Hawn, being White, deserved it.

Narr said...

White privilege . . . delicious white privilege. Throw in tall, good-looking, smart, witty, and tolerant and it's no wonder I consider my kind the pinnacle of evolution.

Eat your hearts out, sentimentalists.

Quaestor said...

"— and Hawn could not help himself"

This phrase is the WaPo reporterette (99% probability, female, under 25, with chemically-enhanced hair color) being a cutesie pie. I blame the j-school she attended. She ought to have flunked Composition for Journalism 201. The editor who let this stand certainly did, or should have.

He could not help himself is what a mother of a sociopath offers as an explanation for his homicidal behavior. It means he is the innocent puppet of demons, a person without responsibility for his deeds. Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis... It's mostly bullshit.

[Editor's note -- Nearly everything published in The Washington Post is so crammed with calumnies, distortions, and obfuscations that only the grossly ignorant and functionally illiterate will not take immediate notice of the obvious. Yet Quaestor insists on pointing his figurative accusing finger, shouting "bullshit!" and linking to what he lamely deems to be illustrative video clips. Our editorial policy is to let his idiosyncratic style stand unaltered. He can't help himself.]

Any person who cannot "help himself" belongs in a hospital or a prison, not in front of a classroom.

William said...

I've read that some of the aristocrats at Versailles got to wear white rather than blue bows on their shoes and were thus entitled to stand ten feet closer to The King during his Levant. Some of the other aristocrats were jealous of such perks. It just wasn't fair.....All the aristocrats at Versailles were privileged and entitled. The agricultural laborers in the surrounding communities not so much. When there were bad harvests due to global warming, they went hungry and frequently died from diseases associated with malnutrition.....America is like Versailles. Everybody here is privileged and entitled. Some more than others. Most everybody playing in the NBA has more perks than me. I suppose I've had more breaks than George Floyd, but neither have I ever looked to drugs or crime as a way to jump over the brick walls that I've encountered......Life in America is a pretty good deal for most people. What's so hard about admitting that? Colin Kaepernick should devote his energies to trying to uplift that Indonesian workers in sneaker factories. I hear they have it pretty rough. Much worse than NFL athletes.

Quaestor said...

Before those black Africans were herded onto those crowded ships, they were the captives of fellow black Africans who discovered it was more profitable to sell their human chattels than to eat them. (Undoubtedly a few of the juicier items were reserved for the chief's table or expended as snacks while waiting for the slave ships to dock.)

Kevin said...

If you don't believe him, scientists can point to it in the rings of trees and the cores of ice taken deep into glaciers.

gilbar said...

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...
No Black* American alive has ever been on a slave ship.

well, plenty of Asian girls have been on slave jets... Human Trafficking is still going on

David53 said...

What a foolish man. He was warned, and then reprimanded for similar behavior so they finally fired him when he wouldn’t change his indoctrination techniques.

Kingsport is 92% white. What did he expect?

David Smith said...

I had understood that Floyd was murdered by the fentanyl in his system.

Andrew said...

“Try a cramped slave ship."

I've been in a crowded VW Bug. Does that count?

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Yes- I too am sick of progressive proselyting.

I want separation between church and state.

Narayanan said...

“Try a cramped slave ship."
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I saw replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria ships in Columbus GA in the 90's. not much bigger than a good sized ranch style home
*****
"They were so small," said Carolyn Galati, of Staten Island. "I was really impressed that they could come across the ocean in them."

This year's long voyage was marred by a mutiny of sorts, as some sailors unhappy with the ships' cramped quarters had to be replaced.
*****

are there any slave ship replicas to be seen anywhere in the USA? in South America?
visual memory is powerful thing.

Tina Trent said...

It’s hard to teach students anything when you keep calling them fascists. That’s what he should be fired for.

Amadeus 48 said...

My white privilege comprises paying for the Great Society programs and their progeny, tolerating affirmative action and all its dislocations, being told that that which is bad is good, attending ridiculous DIE presentations, and listening to Stacey Abrams being touted as a political star. Also, I am slighted for believing that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

I would say race relations in this country are headed to a bad place.

That high school teacher ought to be sacked for preaching what he doesn't understand. If we believe in chaos theory, he may be the butterfly whose flutterings may bring down this great republic.

Narayanan said...

why not have classes - both required or as split school year - into "CR theory / anti-theory" teach off

are the teachers unions willing to have as their members both sides?

Narayanan said...

per TaNehisiCoates : advocacy of birtherism, that modern recasting of the old American precept that black people are not fit to be citizens of the country they built.
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I learned something new. was this really how Hilary saw Obama? or was she just raising Constitutional pre-test qualification?

Tina Trent said...

Howard, the South is a never-ending parade of buff, built, strong, real men. Factor out the obese illegals and it’s even more so. Jealous?

Maynard said...

The more I think about the cult of White Privilege and BLM, the more I am beginning to think that these fools are truly racist, but not in the way one might think.

They are as convinced of Black genetic inferiority as the Klu Klux Klan was. Why else would they play this game?

We need independent thinking Black men and women to demand an end to this nonsense because it devalues their efforts and abilities.

Drago said...

Someone should go all Al Yankovich on the song "Brown Sugar" and make it "White Privilege".

Richard said...

William
Even the Little Ice Age is a result o global warming.

I kid. I think

William said...

White privilege. Ha! Think of the poor Cuomo brothers. Their grandfather worked in a grocery store. He worked such long hours that his feet bled according to his son Mario who didn't have it much easier. Nor did Mario's two children. Andrew had to work his way through college emptying septic tanks on the Clinton estate. That other son got called Fredo to his face by some anti-Italian bigot. The Fredo word is as fraught and painful to Italians as the n-word is to blacks. It is a measure of just how callous our society is in that we're allowed to spell this dread word out completely instead of using a euphemism.... But despite these hardships, the Cuomo brothers persevered. Just when they felt they've reached a comfortable perch and the estimation of their peers, it all got snatched away. A few affectionate pats and the demonstration some familial loyalty, and they crash and burn. Chris Cuomo will probably end up with only a fraction of his six million dollar contract with CNN. He'll be lucky to walk away with four or five million dollars.....Whenever I hear talk of white privilege, I think of the Cuomo brothers and think what privilege. I bet this teacher avoided any mention of the Cuomo brothers in his discussion of white privilege.

ken in tx said...

In the military, "rank has it's privileges" was a true thing. It is thought necessary for good order and discipline. For me, as an officer, It was an ethical challenge not to take unnecessary or unfair advantage of it.
In civilian life, the most visible and widespread form of privilege is "Pretty girl/woman privilege". It is granted to females of all races as long as their looks hold up. Then they become invisible.

Daniel12 said...

So wait not even ONE comment mentions anything about cancel culture?

Irony is dead.

Michael K said...

Blogger Howard said...

The fat dumb and lazy whites of the Confederate States of America don't have full white privilege.


The voice of the pasty white New England lefty. The Confederates fought the pasty white New Englanders to a draw even though they were outnumbered. The fought for the wrong cause but they fought well.

M Jordan said...

I was born poor and it gave me a pretty decent sized chip on my shoulder. I had zero wealth privilege. I went to a 60/40 black-to-white ratio elementary school. My teachers were all white so in the classroom, I experienced some privilege, I suppose. On the playground, not so much.

That shoulder-chip was a blessing in disguise for sure. Not having privilege is a blessing ... if one uses it to improve themselves. If one uses it to excuse themselves, not so much. Talking about who has it and who doesn't all the time ... loser talk.

hilaris said...

There is a time and place to discuss most anything, even white privilege. I'll admit to not being a fan of the word 'privilege' since it feels manipulative, designed to induce guilt. But anyone who belongs to a majority race will have advantages that someone of a minority race may not have, or at least fewer disadvantages. It's similar to the advantage of being a native speaker of English when it's the global language. My concern about this teacher, though, is that the discussion sounds like it's not taking place in spirit of openness, inquiry, and diversity of thought. This teacher is presenting a kind of fundamentalist doctrine to impressionable students who may not have the ability to think critically about it.

Zev said...

Glad he was fired.
A glimpse of sanity.

Achilles said...

Howard said...

The fat dumb and lazy whites of the Confederate States of America don't have full white privilege. It's punching down to rub it in their greasy rotund faces.

Just replace lazy whites with Jew, or Black, Or Hispanic and you will understand what Howard is all about.

MountainMan said...

I got to this very late, I have been busy all day. I couldn't read the article at WAPO because of the firewall but I found it re-printed in the Anchorage Daily News, you can read it here.

I have lived East Tennessee for nearly 40 years, 30 of those in Kingsport, and still have a home there though I spend most of my time now in retirement at my home in GA, where i am now. The high school in question is not really in Kingsport at all, it is a county school, and serves students outside the city.. Kingsport has its own system, where all three of my children went, so I really don't know enough about the county schools to comment. There are very rural parts of the county, of course, but the Tri-Cities (including nearby Bristol TN/VA, and Johnson City, TN) has a metro population of over 500,000. Kingsport is very industrialized and has more in common with places like Oak Ridge or Huntsville, AL, due to the large Eastman Chemical operation there (once the main Eastman Kodak operation outside Rochester), which results in a large population of advance degree chemists, engineers, and other professionals. There is also a large medical community that serves the region. So it is not just a bunch of hillbillies and rednecks. It is very conservative. It has only had one Democrat Representative in Congress since the Civil War, and just for.4 years, his term ended in 1871. Mr. Hawn really is a fish out of water, most of the liberals in the area are probably at ETSU in Johnson City. I know just a few.

And for Howard's benefit, here is a little history. East TN never considered itself Confederate. There was little slavery in that part of the South and after TN seceded all the counties east of the Cumberland Plateau tried to break off from the rest of the state and stay in the Union, like WV. But the vote to break up the state failed in the legislature. More than 30,000 Tennesseans served in the Union Army during the war, the largest representation from any of the Southern states.

I might also mention Kingsport has a lot in common with Madison, WI, since it was designed around 1917 by John Nolen, who also designed much of the UW campus and some of Madison, I believe. I think Althouse may live in a John Nolen neighborhood. The town was built by New York businessmen to become a major manufacturing center, which it basically achieved by WWII. It has an excellent school system which was originally designed for the city's developers by Columbia University. Oak Ridge, another completely planned city, also owes some of its heritage to Kingsport, as engineers from the Kodak operation designed and operated the Y-12 plant that was at the heart of the uranium production for the Hiroshima atom bomb.

n.n said...

Speaking truth through projection only colors the speaker.

That said, while bias is intrinsic, prejudice is progressive. Most people do not exercise liberal license to indulge diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment). Conservatives (i.e. pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness under a Constitutional framework) stood on principle to oppose slavery and diversity.

n.n said...

A teacher was fired for lying about the character and practice of spreading diversity [dogma] (inequity, and exclusion) that breeds adversity.

Diversity of individuals, minority of one. #HateLovesAbortion

Nancy Reyes said...

"'Oh, am I making you uncomfortable?' the Black writer demands at one point. “Try a cramped slave ship.'"

uh, try traveling on a coffin ship after your family had been thrown off the land because the potato failed and you couldn't pay the rent and emigrating was your only way to live.

Which would you chose to be? A poor European in the famine years of the 1840s or a black slave who at least was given some food to eat.

and if you think western civilization was bad, try reading the history of China. Taiping rebellion anyone?

Rollo said...

Bad teacher, stupid man, but the job my father used to do moved to the Tri-Cities, so I can identify with his motivation.

JAORE said...

OMG, another journalist that dreams of writing the great American Novel.

Pathos, victim-hood, evil doers (even those not remotely associated with the actual events), heroes and sidekicks.

Quaestor said...

And for Howard's benefit, here is a little history...

Ineluctable Force (Truth), meet Impenetrable Object (Howard's skull).