The New York Times had a long article about “diversity training” at elite private schools in New York. In the finest tradition of Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, white students were encouraged to sit around and brainstorm about the oppression caused by white privilege. And leading the sessions was a diversity agitator named Mr. Gay, who is also black. (Is this not the greatest name ever for a diversity trainer? Do you think that’s his real name, or just the name he uses for work purposes?)
Students gathered in small groups to discuss a variety of social justice issues and participate in workshops …
I’m old enough to remember when workshops used to involve cutting and sanding wood. Now that word is nearly the exclusive property of liberal brainwashers.
Schools are asking white students and faculty members to examine their own race … with a special emphasis on … white privilege. During an exercise called “Who Are You?” Mr. Gay asked students to create their own “identity cards,” writing down terms they wanted to be associated with. One girl wrote “white,” “SoHo” and “Sag Harbor”. Then students paired up, with one responding to the question “Who are you?” The room erupted in noise, with students shouting, “black,” “white,” “straight,” “lesbian,” “Jewish,” “Spanish” and “smart.”
“Everyone has a card,” Mr. Gay told the students. “It’s called an identity card. Society doesn’t value each of these identities equally.”