An interesting defense

Hereis the charge: some people claim that Wisconsin’s ed-bureaucracy, which we will call “DPI”, because that’s it’s name, seems to have endorsed throwing students into concentration camps. Well, that’s not really what is going on at all, but you might not know that from reading the defense. What is actually being claimed is that there seems to have been a recommendation made by someone, somewhere, that certain white people working under the auspices of a federal program in Wisconsin, through the DPI, might consider engaging in a program of psychological self-flagellation and submission to public criticism, all in the name of making them conscious of their “white privilege” (and unless you are completely out to lunch, you will notice that this is also an exercise in doing everything possible to keep them from exercising said privilege, assuming it exists in the first place).

Te crux of the criticisms is that it seems to have been recommended that the white people in question wear white wristbands, and submit themselves to uninvited discussions about what those white wristbands represent. Things go obviously (but not I think, unjustifiably) Godwin from there.

Here is the defense against the charge: No DPI official, or any VISTA volunteer, has used, requested, or encouraged, anyone in any school to use the wristbands as ‘reported’ and shared by external groups that thrive on spreading rumors and misinformation. The defense, and it is a defense, also notes that the wristband materials were provided to VISTA (that appears to be the federal program) volunteers after their training, as they left, as part of a supplemental packet. That packet was also posted to the DPI website where you can now find this defence, though the document itself has been removed.

I am not writing this post to preach about the merits of the white-privilege-awareness industry. They’re a group of people with strange ideas that, like most ideas, probably have some grain of truth to them. No, the reason I’m writing this post is to point out that, as far as defenses go, this one is an absolute disaster. On the one hand, it is a great defense because it creates a straw man charge and refutes it… With a sneering scare-quoted dollop of ad hominem on top. That’s good stuff.

But it also admits the very thing it wishes to deny. Compare:

No DPI official has… encouraged anyone in any school to use the wristbands as ‘reported’


Subsequently, that entire resource packet was posted to the VISTA website

Rule 1: admit nothing!!! Do they not know this?

The “VISTA” website of which they speak is actually the DPI’s VISTA website. It’s where you find this defense, written by DPI officials. But how did these materials get on the DPI website if not by the acts of a DPI official? And isn’t this obviously encouragement?

But now we see that I am wrong, and that this is actually a stunningly adept defense. There is phrase used… “Encouraged anyone in any school”. You might think that this means that no one associated with any school was encouraged to use the white privilege packet. But that is clearly not what it means at all, because as noted above, the posting of the materials to the website seems to qualify as “encouragement” on any account. What it actually means is that no encouragement took place in any school. The website is not a school.



  1. Utterly astonishing.

    The first thing that came to my mind reading this is the yellow badge of shame that Jews were required to wear in Nazi Germany.

  2. NOTHING these Libtard edu-crats do surprises me anymore.

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    So suppose one of the white wrist band wearers said,
    “Damn’ straight I have white privilege. I love it. Deal.”?

    • I’ve read more than one… interesting… suggestion for things to write on those wristbands.

      The “invisible knapsack” exercise, if examined, suggests that Asian privilege is even greater than white privilege.  After all, store security doesn’t follow Japanese customers around.  Obviously, these kits need yellow wristbands too.

    • Stacy in NJ says:

      How about a wrist band that says, …”Damn, it feels to be a white man!”

      Think that would go over big? 🙂

  4. Amy in Texas says:

    Unfortunately, this type of thing is all over public school staff development. It’s the whole CRT- that white racist teachers are responsible for the achievement gap, over representation of students of color in SpEd, over- referral of students of color to disciplinary action, etc. I have sat in many professional development meetings with these type of “consultants”, peddling this divisive nonsense. The bracelets don’t surprise me at all. Just one of the many reasons I am no longer a teacher.

  5. Been a while since I heard the last eruption about this particular variant of political correctness. Used to be it was a bustling industry with lots of up-side potential. Now, I’m wondering how things are going.

    My thumbnail estimate of the industry is that it’s stalled and has been for a while. It’s not clear the business is contracting but then how would one find out if it were? The professionals who depend on racial divisiveness are motivated to hide any decline in business. Who is there to provide an objective view?