What We’ve Been Up To
The petition Don’t Divide Us supporter Adrian Hart launched demanding democratic scrutiny of Brighton and Hove City Council’s plan to adopt CRT in schools has taken off and has over 2,000 signatures. (See last week’s newsletter and News Nuggets.) It has also been covered in The Brighton Argus by Sarah Booker-Lewis; discussed by Andrew Doyle on Andrew Neil’s show on GB News; and argued for by Hart in submission to the Council (watch the video from 10:09). If you haven’t already, do sign the petition, encourage others to, and share our call on Twitter.
A report published by a Parliamentary committee on Education has said that poor white children are performing badly in education and suggests it is not a good idea to tell them that they enjoy ‘white privilege’. This has raised the ire of those who have spent the last year proclaiming that all white people enjoy white privilege, particularly Diane Abbott MP who says that “Making out as if it’s white working class children versus the rest is wrong and toxic”. Whereas it is a good idea to suggest that it is BAME people versus the rest of us?
This idea of white privilege, and all its toxic racial theory, is about to be pressed on Brighton schools where children and staff are to be taught to view themselves through the prism of their race and ethnicity. You can object to this by signing the petition. (See also What We’ve Been Up To, above.)
Jess De Wahls, whose work was removed by the Royal Academy because she stated a belief in biological reality tells the truth, “there is nothing inclusive about calling a woman a ‘non-man’ or a menstruator”. De Wahls has come under immense attack and death threats as a result of the exposure from the RA, and, tardily, the RA have finally issued an apology and backtracked on this issue.
“Are women, once again, supposed to collude in our own weakness and irrelevance to satisfy the ambitions of a former man?” asks the columnist Alison Pearson, writing of New Zealand’s choice of Laurel Hubbard for the Olympic Games. Julie Bindel in the Spectator makes the point that Hubbard has displaced Kuinini Manumua 21-year-old woman of colour who had trained for years and would have been competing in her first Olympics.
America’s most dogged gumshoe reporter on the real-world impact of Critical Race Theory, Christopher Rufo, was subject to something of a hit piece by The Washington Post, no longer the domain of the genteel East Coast elite Graham family but of transplanted West Coast tycoon Jeff Bezos. Rufo duly ‘Fisked’ the piece, rebutted key points and claims, and shared this with his wide social media following. The WaPo eds acknowledge various errors, admitted to fabricating the timeline of events, and published some ‘vague “clarifications”, according to Rufo in the New York Post. “Democracy does indeed die in darkness, as The Washington Post’s motto proclaims”, concludes Rufo. “It’s just that the paper itself helps spread much darkness.’
Dummy of the week award goes, again, to the students of Oxford, this time the ‘Cherwell’ and ‘Oxford Student’ papers which are to hand over editorial oversight to a board of censors known as “sensitivity readers”. On the whole, it might be more sensible to just stop publication and thus totally avoid all the trouble. The co-editor of the ‘Cherwell’ has dodged the issue by accusing the Government of dodging the issue and would like the rest of us to refund money that has been trousered by the colleges. No assumption of privilege there, then.
This coming week we have a regular Monday meeting (June 28th) and an Academics Group meeting on Tuesday (June 29th) – drop us a line if you would like to attend.