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An “Anti-Racism Fight Club” presentation was given to students in grades pre-K through third grade in a Washington, D.C., public elementary school late last year, according to a letter from the school’s principal.
The Nov. 30, 2021, letter from Danielle Singh, principal of Janney Elementary School, added that “as part of this work, each student has a [Fistbook] to help continue the dialogue at school and home.”
What are the details?
The “Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook for Kids” by Doyin Richards begins by noting examples of racism against black people. While it adds that “white people can also experience racial prejudice from people of other races,” the author says “white people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance. For example, on average white people have more money, better healthcare, better schools, and better neighborhoods than black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). So if a black person says something mean to a white person, he has no power over him. It’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”
In defining “white privilege,” the “Fistbook” instructs students to imagine a white person racing a black person and then says the white person “would be able to run at his normal speed while the black person would have a 100-pound weight attached to his leg.” The author also writes, “It’s not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it.”
Students also are asked, “Where do you see racism in yourself? This requires true soul-searching. Be real with yourself, don’t feel guilt/shame and own it. It’s the first step in becoming an anti-racist.”
The “Fistbook” also contains a section called “Dealing with Racist Family Members” which asks students, “Who in your family has racist beliefs? Do you think you can change their ways? What is your strategy for dealing with them?”
In addition, a small section at the end for parents describes sessions titled, “Throat Punching Racism in Schools,” “CurbStomping Racism in the Workplace,” and “Choking Out Systemic Racism.”
According to Fox News, the school sent parents a resource link directing them to Richards’ “Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook” for adults, which says “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball” and “if the police don’t murder citizens without penalty, then the riots/looting don’t happen.”
The cable network said D.C. Public Schools issued a statement saying that the “Fistbook” for adults wasn’t issued to students.