“You Still Have ‘White Privilege’ Even if you ‘Survived a Nazi Concentration Camp’ ”
This extraordinary claim, that â€śit doesnâ€™t matter what hardships youâ€™ve had to face, you still have white privilege,â€ť was directed to husband and wife survivors of Nazi tyranny by Robin DiAngelo, Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University. With a scholarship in Social Justice Education and Whiteness Studies, DiAngelo teaches courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, and Cultural Diversity & Social Justice.
It is to progressive thinkers and holders of powerful educational credentials like Professor DiAngelo that Jerry Todd has directed his response.
By Jerry Todd, staff writerÂ
Todayâ€™s â€śprogressiveâ€ť has such a limited mindset, itâ€™s a wonder they can find their way to the bathroom in the morning. Being severely â€ścorpus callosum challengedâ€ť â€“ meaning they cannot process and integrate left and right brain signals (except for designing video games) to arrive at cogent and reasonable conclusions. An ancient text referred to this as â€śever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of truthâ€¦â€ť
Diversity in their limited perception means merely simple human divisions of race, gender, ethnicity and economic status â€“ with todayâ€™s strange nod to sexual â€śpreference.â€ť True diversity goes infinitely deeper into the endless range of gifts, talents and visions among all humanity and expressed in each unique individual.
The role of education is not to segregate people into mind-numbing pre-conceived boxes to meet some totalitarian goal. Seeking oneâ€™s own gifts and talents also mitigates the more base drives for physical satisfaction whatever that may be. Searching, discovering and application are the moral counterpoint to self-demeaning urges the mob covets for us.
Education â€“ to educe – to draw out – is the most important role for the â€śEducator.â€ť If the Educator has no vision of his/her own, or basis in the Wisdom of the Ages, what value is delivered? That which is passed down to us in our faith restrains us from overwhelming others instead of serving them.
Have you ever pondered Godâ€™s command to Adam and Eve to â€śâ€¦ Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over all the plants and animalsâ€¦?â€ť God entrusted us with His Creation. We search and toil in awe as we strive to subdue and be fruitfulâ€¦ all the way into outer space with our visions and inventions!
Being fruitful, multiplying and subduing doesnâ€™t imply beating the heck out of everything in sight. The Author of Beauty has love and stewardship in mind for us. Fruitfulness not only implies populating this wonderful earth across the lands and seas, but to subdue the untamed riches by a wedding of two gifts of Creation:
1. The gift of a wonderful planet Earth – The vast array of elements, minerals, flora and fauna. Their properties, combinations and improvements are our responsibility to discover and apply as good stewards. Subduing or taming these often wild and dangerous components of creation requires wisdom and imagination. Thatâ€™s where science and free enterprise come in.
2. The gift of infinite diversity – Since the challenges are infinite, and in this engineerâ€™s mind, an eternal voyage of discovery, development, sharing, rejoicing and praising He who made us in his image and likeness. Infinite challenges require infinite diversity. The â€śprogressiveâ€ť totalitarian is incapable of such vision. He/she destroys the visions of others, especially since in our times they have dominated what is left of education and media to the point the people perish for lack of vision.
Science has determined we all came from one set of parents and are therefore brothers and sisters. See www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic
We share common blood types and can cross breed – we go back about 60,000 years as developed humanity. The â€śofficialâ€ť racial, ethnic and moral diversity of the â€śregressiveâ€ť divides us into potentially warring camps while denying â€śIn God we Trustâ€ť and â€śe pluribus unum.â€ť
True diversity is the infinite range of gifts, talents, challenges and opportunities humanity is intended to share in a free society â€“ as one our Founders sacrificed for and passed down to us. No one is smart enough to determine an individualâ€™s value and potential. That is why all life is sacred from conception to natural death. As Americans, we rejoice in the limitless opportunities our Constitutional Republic has allowed us to discover, to fail, to succeed. No nation or system of governance has ever afforded its people the privilege to thrive in infinite diversity as individuals and as a people. No nation has such a large population of academic ingrates.