A Washington D.C. elementary school held an assembly on anti-racism for students and provided parents with a handbook on fighting racism.
Janney Elementary School in Washington, D.C. held a virtual assembly with an anti-racist educator. Doyin Richards an educator who argues that “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball,” taught elementary schoolers about racism and oppression.
Principal Danielle Singh emailed parents informing them that students in grades “Pre-K through third grade participated in the Anti-Racism Fight Club presentation with Doyin Richards.” Students were given a “fist book” with information on combating racism at home.
One portion of the “fist book” taught elementary students “how to deal with racism from loved ones.”
“Even though they love you and are older than you, they can be wrong,” the book reads.
Students were told that racial prejudice is present against both white and black students but that racial prejudice only harms black students.
“If a Black person says something mean to a white person, he has no power over him,” the “fist book” reads. “It’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”
Richards offers other teachings on so-called “anti-racism,” including a program titled, “Throat Punching Racism In Schools.”
Richards charges between $10,000 to $15,000 for a virtual speaking fee, according to the Executive Speaker Bureau.
Parents received the adult version of the “Anti-Racism Fight Club” “fist book.” The materials told parents that only white adults can be racist, and black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) “cannot be racist, because there is no construct in America where we hold power or influence.”
The handbook stated that white supremacy is infused in America and is often considered “normal, correct, valuable” and “American.” The parents are called on to raise “anti-racist children” to eradicate racism.
“In order to truly eradicate racism, it starts in the home by raising anti-racist children,” the adult “fist book” reads.
Solutions for parents include introducing children to diversity books, helping find their child a “BIPOC mentor,” and helping children make “BIPOC” friends. Other solutions included “fighting to get cops out of school,” “empowering students to get tough on racism,” and removing standardized testing from schools.