A distinguished black Columbia College professor has known as on New Jersey mother and father to tug their children out of a prestigious Bergen County prep college after an English instructor resigned over what she known as a “hostile tradition of conformity and worry.”
“All hail Dana Stangel-Plowe, who has resigned from the Dwight-Englewood college, which teaches college students ‘antiracism’ that sees life as nothing however abuse of energy, and teaches that cringing, hostile group id in opposition to oppression is the essence of a self,” John McWhorter, who can be a contributor to The Atlantic journal, tweeted Tuesday.
“Actually antiracist mother and father, within the title of affection of their children, ought to pull them from the Dwight-Englewood college as of subsequent fall,” McWhorter continued. “Solely this can arrest these misguided Elect parishioners from their quest to forge a brand new actuality for us all.”
In a resignation letter posted on the web site of the Basis Towards Intolerance & Racism Tuesday, English instructor Stangel-Plowe accused Dwight-Englewood directors of “failing our college students” by embracing vital race concept.
“[S]tudents arrive in my classroom accepting this concept as reality: Individuals born with much less melanin of their pores and skin are oppressors, and folks born with extra melanin of their pores and skin are oppressed,” she wrote. “Males are oppressors, ladies are oppressed, and so forth. That is the dominant and divisive ideology that’s guiding our adolescent college students.”
Stangel-Plowe’s letter went on to explain college students “who recoil from a poem as a result of it was written by a person” and “method texts in quest of the oppressor.”
“One pupil didn’t need to develop her private essay — about an expertise she had in a foreign country — for worry that it’d imply that she was, with out even realizing it, racist,” the instructor wrote. “In her worry, she truly stopped herself from pondering. That is the very definition of self-censorship.”
Stangel-Plowe additionally claimed that Dwight-Englewood Head of Faculty Rodney De Jarnett “instructed the complete school” on a number of events in 2017 and 2018 “that he would hearth us all if he may in order that he may exchange us all with individuals of colour” and described a current school assembly that was “segregated by pores and skin colour” and at which white lecturers have been instructed “to ‘keep in mind’ that we’re ‘White’ and ‘to take accountability for [our] energy and privilege.
McWhorter, an affiliate professor of English and comparative literature on the Ivy League college, has drawn a considerable following on social media for his criticism of vital race concept.
Earlier this 12 months, McWhorter launched a guide known as “The Elect: Neoracists Posing as Antiracists and their Menace to a Progressive America” in serial kind on Substack. In it, McWhorter decried what he known as “Third Wave Antiracism,” which he stated teaches that “racism is baked into the construction of society, so whites’ ‘complicity’ in dwelling inside it constitutes racism itself, whereas for black individuals, grappling with the racism surrounding them is the totality of expertise and should situation beautiful sensitivity towards them, together with a suspension of requirements of accomplishment and conduct.”
Joe Algrant, the principal of Dwight-Englewood’s Higher Faculty, instructed The Publish Tuesday that he couldn’t touch upon personnel issues.
“On this case all I can say is that Ms. Stangel-Plowe notified us a number of months in the past that she wouldn’t be returning subsequent college 12 months,” he stated in an e-mail.