Labor Leaders Want a Rosy Picture of Labor History Taught in Public Schools

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Instead of focusing limited school time on core subjects – like math, science, reading, and writing – union officials and their allies continue to try their best to squeeze labor history into an already crowded social studies curriculum, the Associated Press reports.

For the third consecutive year, legislation introduced in Connecticut to encourage labor history lessons recently failed to become law, “even after supporters agreed to a compromise to include lessons in the history of capitalism,” according to the news service.

“We’re losing a generation of workers who don’t have an understanding about the union movement,” Steve Kass, board member for the Greater New Haven Labor History Association, told the AP.

Ed Leavy, an official with the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut, tried to flip the unions’ obvious motivation to increase membership through glorified labor history lessons.

“It’s not that labor unions are demanding this so we can increase the ranks,” he said. “It’s people preventing this so we don’t.”

International tests show U.S. students are continuing to fall behind their peers in other developed countries, particularly in important subjects like math and science, yet unions view the lack of labor history instruction as major problem.

The fact is that American History classes have always included lessons about the labor movement and its role in American society in the early 20th century.
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‘A classier version of Occupy Wall Street:’ What happened at the New Populism Conference

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Progressives recently held a one-day conference in Washington, D.C. to trash capitalism and hail big government.

Watchdog.org was there and reported:

From the tea party movement to Occupy Wall Street, there’s no denying a general state of discontent with the way Washington is handling the economy.

That discontent was the fuel to the fire that drew scores of progressives to the New Populism Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

“This is not the land of economic opportunity,” U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Illinois, told the audience. “It’s growing to be the land of economic stagnation.”

Gallup suggests a majority of Americans agree with Ellison, but Americans are divided on how the country ended up here and how it can once again become an economically prosperous nation.

“When conservatives talk about opportunities, they’re talking about opportunities for the rich to get richer and the powerful to get more powerful,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told the audience.

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Students chant ‘capitalism will fall, capitalism is dead’ at university-hosted ANARCHIST conference (VIDEO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Public universities are their own worst enemies because they’ll give a platform to malcontents that want to destroy the very purpose for which today’s universities exist.

Portland State University recently hosted the “Law & Disorder Conference,” an event organized by anarchists.

LaughingatLiberals captured this video:

“Capitalism is an evil system… Capitalism is the root of all evils. It is built on an unjust, racist, classist system, based on 400 years of slavery,” Nehandra Imara of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party said.

“Capitalism is a failed system. Would you agree? …YES!” was the chant Imara led.

Capitalism is a “dominant, racist, western narrative,” she said.

Authored by Kyle Olson

 

WPC14 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Student Booted From White Privilege Session – His Race Was Too Offensive

Editor’s Note: Part 4 of 4

MADISON, Wis. – When one looks through the rhetorical veneer of the White Privilege Conference, hypocrisies abound.

The White Privilege folks say Christianity is oppressive while the violent Muslim Brotherhood is just a “political party.” Capitalism is bad even though conference organizers hawk facilitator guides for $99. And nothing says “I’m oppressed” quite like a $50 polo shirt!

Other aspects include segregated workshops open to only some conference participants, based solely on the color of their skin. The reason? An organizer told our investigator: “It can feel, for some people of color, unsafe. Not universally – like in your group everybody was fine, but for some people it can feel like, oh, I don’t … ”

“Because I was white they would feel unsafe?” our reporter asked as he was led out of the workshop.

“Exactly. Exactly,” the organizer said. “And it’s not because you’ve done anything. You seem like a perfectly fine person, but it’s because of experiences they’ve had with others.”

If a white person displayed that attitude with any person of color, it would be called racism. If, for example, an elderly White woman clutches her purse a little tighter in a parking lot when a black man is approaching – because she recently heard about a rash of purse snatchings – she’s a racist.

But if a person of color isn’t comfortable sitting in a room with a White person because of something another White person may have done to them, well that must be racism, too.

But perhaps the most ironic and contradictory occurrence was Victor Woods’ sweet ride.

Woods, convict-turned-best-selling author, wouldn’t tell the audience all of his secrets.

You’d be surprised how many people say, ‘How’d you do it?’ I guarantee you someone in this session will walk up to me when everyone’s gone and say (inaudible) and I will let you know, and it’s in the book for $24.95!

Woods’ red Corvette could be seen parked in the most privileged spot in the parking lot at the conference hotel.

But Woods’ main message was likely lost on attendees.

This is America! … Anything you want to do you can do. … I wrote this book: “Successfully Achieving Your Vision.” Eyesight’s what’s in front of you. Vision is what you see down the road. Work ethic. Perseverance. Do you know how long it took to write this book? Five years. .. See the world opens up for a man or woman who knows where they’re going.

That’s a wise and lasting message for true victims of racism and oppression. But purveyors of the White Privilege Conference would instead have them wallow in pity, anger and ultimately, failure.

Do the White Privilege people really believe they are doing black children any favors by teaching them that America hates them, and there’s no hope for them in this racist society?

Authored by Kyle Olson

OUR COMPLETE REPORT:

PART 1
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ Racism was invented in the American colonies (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART2
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Privilege Conference speakers judge by skin color and claim rape is not intrinsically bad (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART3
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Privilege Conference speakers train teachers to inject theory into ELEMENTARY classrooms (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART4
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Student Booted From White Privilege Session – His Race Was Too Offensive

White Privilege Conference speakers judge by skin color and claim rape is not intrinsically bad (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Editor’s note: Part 2 of 4

Highlights include:

  • Speaker Adrien Wing: ‘You can’t just look at the face’ and goes on to slam Clarence Thomas and Barack Obama.
  • Wing: Obama is ‘the face of global White privilege.’
  • Wing: Obama is the ‘black face in the White House.’
  • Wing: Urges attendees to think about ways to rein in freedom of speech
  • Speaker Paul Kivel compares Christianity to ‘racism and sexism or other systems of oppression.’
  • Speaker Leonard Zeskind: ‘The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.’
  • Zeskind: Parents put their kids in private schools because they’re racist
  • Speaker Stephanie Baran: capitalism perpetuates white supremacy and privilege, racism and sexism
  • So-called ‘White ally:’ ‘White people do not experience racism.’
  • Ally: Rape is not intrinsically bad.

Speakers include:

  • University of Iowa Professor Adrien Wing
  • Author Paul Kivel
  • Leonard Zeskind
  • Professor Stephanie Baran

In part 1 of our 4 part series examining the White Privilege Conference, we focused on the ideological underpinning of this annual education event. According to White Privilege Theologians, the human category of white, and thus racism itself, was invented in 1681 in order to protect capitalism by dividing labor.

In part 2 of our report, we take you inside the workshops of the WPC to witness how organizers translate the radical Keynote addresses into practical White Privilege training, the goal of which is to teach educators how to indoctrinate children in the ethos of White Privilege ideology.

As you will witness in our report, proponents of the “White Privilege” theory have become the very thing they claim to despise.

In part 2, White Privilege Conference speaker Professor Adrien Wing told the audience, “Critical Race Theory … says … ‘You can’t just look at the face.’”

“Clarence Thomas is on the Supreme Court. Does he really replace Thurgood Marshall? He’s an embarrassment and a disgrace to the memory of Thurgood Marshall and if I met Clarence Thomas I’d call him that to his face.”

“That’s ‘cuz I have something called tenure,” Wing told the laughing audience. In this very statement, Wing is implying Thomas should think a certain way simply because of the color of his skin.

What a disgrace to the individuality of Marshall, to suggest that another black man should think like him, simply because of his race.

But Wing didn’t stop there. “Does having a Black president change that? Has it changed that? Unfortunately, it hasn’t. Is it? He ends up being the front man for the system,” said of Barack Obama.

“So instead of just saying we’re happy there’s a Black face in the White House, who is running the White House, instead of just serving in the White House, it’s like no, the master’s house has now got a black face, but it’s still the master’s house.

“He works for the master of the system of White privilege,” Wing declared.

Others criticized Christianity and the Tea Party. Author Paul Kivel compared Christianity to “other systems of oppression” like racism and sexism while Leonard Zeskind pointed to an anonymous “longitudinal study” and told the audience, “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”

The Progressives Today investigator asked Zeskind, “Do you think that they do that, like put their kids in private schools and live in gated communities because they’re racist?” Zeskind responded, “Yes, I do. I sure the f**k do.”

Another speaker, Professor Stephanie Baran, said, “For me capitalism is the all-consuming thing. Capitalism maintains white supremacy, white privilege, racism, sexism, patriarchy, um, hetero-normativity – you name it: capitalism.”

During another part of the conference, attendees attended meetings strictly based on the color of their skin and were asked to leave if they were in the wrong room. A discussion ensued between the investigator and a so-called “White ally.”

“White people do not experience racism,” she told the investigator.

“White people can experience discrimination, but not racism.”

“Would you define discrimination as something intrinsically bad?” the investigator asked. “No, I don’t think anything is intrinsically bad. As a sociologist, I think context means everything.” “Rape isn’t intrinsically bad?” the investigator responded.

“It is not,” the White ally said.

Coming tomorrow, teachers learn how to introduce White Privilege theory into the elementary classroom. Authored by Kyle Olson

OUR COMPLETE REPORT:

PART 1
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ Racism was invented in the American colonies (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART2
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Privilege Conference speakers judge by skin color and claim rape is not intrinsically bad (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART3
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Privilege Conference speakers train teachers to inject theory into ELEMENTARY classrooms (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

PART4
WPC2014 UNDERCOVER VIDEO➙ White Student Booted From White Privilege Session – His Race Was Too Offensive