by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Parents at a Washington, D.C., elementary school were livid after the school shared an “Antiracism Fight Club” guidebook that asked them to evaluate their own racism and advocate removing police from schools.
Janney Elementary School hired “antiracist” activist Doyin Richards to host an online discussion for parents in November, the Daily Caller first reported. Following the event, parents received copies of what Richards calls a “Fistbook,” a name inspired by the combative nature of the activist’s approach to fighting racism. The “Fistbook,” a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, provides definitions for white privilege and white supremacy and asks parents where they see racism in their “daily life” and in themselves.
The parents-only webinar was followed by a separate event for students that left some young kids traumatized, according to anonymous posts on an online message board.
“Anyone else’s Kindergarten kid freaked out by an anti-racism assembly today?” one parent posted on November 30. “My kid needed to sleep with a light on and the door open tonight. Anyone know what specifically was talked about? My kid couldn’t relay much except that she was scared.”
Another parent said the materials “other-ize” his child’s minority role models.
“As far as I’m concerned, all this serves to do is other-ize the POC [people of color] they love and look up to, assign guilt where none should exist on a child, and divide another American generation along lines of color,” the parent said.
The parent questioned whether such programming is appropriate for kids and if it’s the “best use” of school time and funding.
“But at Janney, you keep your mouth shut and your virtues signaled,” the parent said.
“Antiracist” activists like Richards have grown increasingly popular since the death of George Floyd in 2020, and many have successfully turned their advocacy into a lucrative business.