The New York Post recently reported
that Darnisa Amante, a workshop instructor from the Department of Education,
defined racial equality as favoring black children regardless of their
“If I had a poor white male student and I had
a middle-class black boy, I would actually put my equitable strategies and
interventions into that middle class black boy because over the course of his
lifetime he will have less access and less opportunities than that poor white
“That’s what racial equity is.”
According to one teacher who attended
the workshop, the training centered on a principle called “replacement
thinking” which encouraged educators to become “liberated” from their
In effect, New York City’s
public-school educators were indirectly told to focus on black children only.
Mona Davids, President of the NYC
Parents Union was appalled by the feedbacks.
“It’s completely absurd — they want
to treat black students as victims and punish white students. That defeats the
purpose of what bias awareness training should be.”
It should be noted that Ms. Davids is
In Manhattan, a middle-school teacher
complained that the mandatory DOE training was being used to fuel more hate and
division among whites and blacks.
“I have colleagues who won’t participate
during ‘Courageous Conversations’ (the DOE protocol for implicit-bias
workshops) because they don’t feel safe.”
In February 2019, consultant Amante
told white DOE chiefs to come to terms with the fact that issues of race, power
and privilege will rise to the forefront and shake things up.
“Through this process of moving
towards racial equity, you will need to name your privilege,” Amante is quoted
Amante, a lecturer at Harvard
University Graduate School of Education, is CEO of Disruptive Equity Education
Project, or DEEP.
Amante’s group has been
described as an organization that plans to dismantle systemic oppression and
The $23 million mandatory anti-bias
program for all DOE employees led to the demotion of at least four white female
DOE executives, claiming whiteness has become “toxic”.