What We’ve Been Up To
We are launching a Parents’ Group, which will host its first meeting on the morning of 7 July. If you want to take part, drop us a line.
And this week DDU celebrated its first-year birthday – a joyful event with real people, wine and food! We would like to thank the generous donors and supporters who helped make it possible. Looking back over the year, we surprised ourselves with what we have collectively achieved. Here’s a sample of just some of the things we have been up to:
- Created alternative curriculum materials for Black History Month that are knowledge-rich and focus on empowerment over oppression
- Launched a massive letter writing campaign to remind schools of their duty to political neutrality and to encourage a unifying approach to teaching about race and identity
- Created educational outreach services that teach about free speech and critical thinking while encouraging pupils to grapple with difficult social issues
- Hosted salon discussions of concepts including unconscious bias, microaggressions and intersectionality
- Authored a scathing take down of the Universities UK Report that encouraged suspicion and resentment by exaggerating the scale of racism in universities
- Challenged the claim made by some British scholars that criticism of CRT is automatically racist, in an open letter signed by 29 academics.
We made submissions to:
- The Law Commission: on Hate Crime Laws
- The Joint Committee on Human Rights: on Freedom of Expression.
- The Rt. Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Policing: on the recording of non-crime hate incidents
We campaigned on:
- The Rhodes must Fall campaign (he didn’t!)
- Footballers taking the knee and the FA labelling booing fans as racist
- On the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report we wrote an open letter to the PM – and got a response!
We have held two public events, recordings of which are on our YouTube channel:
- On Islamaphobia and the Commission for Race, and
- On the Ethnic Disparities Report
The hypocrites of Oxfam continue to introduce structural racism into its management processes without any apparent understanding of the word ‘racism’. Its recent training manual seeking to blame ‘white feminists’ for racial harm has now been followed by training which advises that the way to anti-racism is to be racist towards white people. Oxfam seems to be having an identity crisis and has forgotten it is a charity and not a political activist group. Here are some examples that show a less than charitable attitude on the part of some young activists Oxfam management is keen to encourage.
“We understand that racism is structural, created and sustained by white power and privilege to oppress, dehumanise and exploit Black and non-Black people of colour. It is for this reason that we acknowledge that reverse racism cannot exist. This oppression remains prevalent in Britain, in the USA and around the world.” “If you are white, please note that you are a guest in these spaces – only talk when invited to.”
The Daily Mail has exposed the extent to which schools are indoctrinating children with theories that demonise and blame white people and place non-white children firmly in a position of victimhood. Child abuse, prejudice, and racism is, it seems, being embedded in British schools. Time for parents, the Education Secretary and, one would hope, many teachers, to step in and put an end to this nasty sectarianism before somebody suggests punishment camps?
Speaking out against doctrinaires continues to attract severe punishment as our institutions replace rationality with their own version of “Believe, Obey, Fight”. Trent College, an independent school, has sacked its chaplain for a sermon which they claimed was “harmful to LGBT” students because he told students they were entitled to disagree with the school’s policies on this issue. Whatever happened to the right to protest?
Professor Rosa Freedman, who has previously received an apology from Essex University for their misreading of the law, has received a hectoring and threatening letter from a student. She tweeted about it and Twitter has now deleted the tweet where the student, who had objected to Professor Freedman’s stance on gender, wrote “I do not intend to get aggressive but would rather ask for your opinion before I move forward as I would rather not ‘strawman’ you. I would recommend you choose your words carefully. I understand you may be delayed in replying, but if I do not here (sic) back from you, I will have to move forward anyway.”
Twitter has decided to silence Professor Freedman by closing her account and making her tweet unavailable. Whilst it might be nice to think that this was because of the student’s bullying or because of the offence against the English language, don’t take that as read.
Dummy of the week award goes to Mathilde Cohen, from the University of Connecticut, who suggested that French eating habits reinforced the “dominance” of white people over ethnic minorities. Dr Cohen appears to be yet another white saviour who has never missed a meal in her life and presumably has never heard of “let them eat cake”.
A strong challenger for poor pedagogic value, it seems, is The American School in London, situated near Regent’s Park, reports the Daily Mail. Its move towards politicised education prompted a group of concerned parents to accuse ASL of ‘institutional racism’, and ‘indoctrination’ of children via the teaching of ‘critical race theory’. In the School’s action plan, pupils who identified as belonging to a racial minority were to be invited to form“’affinity groups” or spend time in “safe spaces”, and to be educated about being the ‘victim’ of white privilege. Jewish parents, who believe Black Lives Matter’s leadership to be anti-Semitic, complained of a ‘culture of fear’.
This coming week we have a regular Monday meeting (July 5th) and a special Academics Group meeting on Wednesday (July 7th) – where guest speaker, Professor Elizabeth Rata, will be joining us from the University of Auckland to discuss education, knowledge and democracy. Drop us a line if you would like to attend.
As noted, our first Parents’ Group meeting will be on the morning of July 7th. If you want to take part, drop us a line.