A push for diversity has backfired at a posh Seattle private school that happens to be the alma master of Bill Gates. Two black teachers who resigned are suing, claiming a “hostile atmosphere” promoted racial discrimination. The Seattle Weekly tells the story:
In 2003, Lakeside created a mission focus that made “diversity and inclusion” one of three goals, along with the related goal of “global citizenship” and the third goal of academic excellence.
“Diversity and inclusion” doesn’t extend to ideas, apparently. A teacher invited Dinesh D’Souza to speak on campus and then was forced to disinvite him. D’Souza’s conservative views were “judged ‘harmful’ to Lakeside’s ‘current efforts to be an inclusive community,’ according to a letter written by Lakeside Head of School Bernie Noe.”
When another black teacher, Kim Pollack, talked about masters raping slaves, some students took it personally.
“Our teen came home and said, ‘She thinks if you have sex with someone who is in power, you’re being raped,'” recalls Linda Deright, who is white and the wife of Bob Simeone, the diversity committee co-chair.
So the kids argued with Pollock, which she took as a racial insult. One student told her that she was “intellectually raping” the class. An hour later, Pollock walked into the cafeteria and heard Deright’s son talking about the teacher in an unflattering way, according to the recollections of both Pollock and Deright. Pollock says she told the boy: “You’re not the first little white boy to have challenged me â€” and you won’t be the last.”
Pollock defends the comment as a factual description and “not in the context of a racial put-down.”
A teacher who considers it racism if a student challenges her ideas? Pollack has now quit Lakeside too.