Thing is, without understanding and accepting these sociological terms, it *seems as if* it’s saying, “Your son is (personally by choice) a racist”. But upon understanding them, it’s instead more akin to something “in the air”, in the environment, in the ecosystem of how things operate, how we think of each other and make assumptions of each other. It’s complicated, like trying to describe water to a fish who has never been outside of the fishbowl and doesn’t know water even exists. Yet, it’s not an article of faith. Once you start tuning into it, you start seeing through other people’s eyes – just a little. And it’s disturbing and enlightening. Anyway, I ‘get’ Dyllon’s initial gut reaction as Kent seemed to presenting a “just-so” story, so common online. I doubted it at first too as I come across so many very convincing tales that are simply custom made for the topic. But I think it’s real BUT as Kent is coming from a different perspective than the school or Dyllon or myself and apparently from a similar perspective as most others here, it results in 300+ msgs of talking past each other. I don’t see the school as teaching “all whites are racist”. If that’s what it was teaching, they could just plaster it on the front of the school and be done with it. No. What it’s teaching is critical to comprehending the functionings of society as they are at present, at a level far deeper than can fit on a bumper sticker.

Thing is, without understanding and accepting these sociological terms, it *seems as if* it’s saying, “Your son is (personally by choice) a racist”. But upon understanding them, it’s instead more akin to something “in the air”, in the environment, in the ecosystem of how things operate, how we think of each other and make assumptions of each other.

It’s complicated, like trying to describe water to a fish who has never been outside of the fishbowl and doesn’t know water even exists.

Yet, it’s not an article of faith. Once you start tuning into it, you start seeing through other people’s eyes – just a little. And it’s disturbing and enlightening.

Anyway, I ‘get’ Dyllon’s initial gut reaction as Kent seemed to presenting a “just-so” story, so common online. I doubted it at first too as I come across so many very convincing tales that are simply custom made for the topic.

But I think it’s real BUT as Kent is coming from a different perspective than the school or Dyllon or myself and apparently from a similar perspective as most others here, it results in 300+ msgs of talking past each other.

I don’t see the school as teaching “all whites are racist”. If that’s what it was teaching, they could just plaster it on the front of the school and be done with it. No. What it’s teaching is critical to comprehending the functionings of society as they are at present, at a level far deeper than can fit on a bumper sticker.

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