The Department of Education under President Jow Biden has reversed the mindset on a decision that found that racially divided “affinity groups” were a form of segregation.
Near the end of the Trump administration, the Department of Education decided that any form of racially based “affinity groups” were discriminatory because they treated students and staff in different manners based solely on their race. The New York Post has found out that Biden’s Department of Education has gone back and suspended this decision.
These racially based “affinity groups” are used in both standard k-12 and also in institutions of higher education all across the nation. They segregate students and staff based solely on race in hopes of giving black people a “safe space” to talk about experiences with racism while setting a place for white people to learn all about their “white privilege.”
The original investigation into these race-based “affinity groups” was started after a complaint from a whistleblower teacher from a Chicago-area school district. The Evanston-Skokie school district was pushing their own “racial equity” training and lesson plans onto the staff and students.
Based on documents obtained by the New York Post, school administrators at the Evanston-Skokie school district were segregated into two groups based on race for their respective racial equity training programs — one for the administrators of color and one for the white administrators. The district also changed its policies to include “explicit direction” to staff members to consider a student’s race as part of any disciplinary actions.
The Evanston-Skokie school district also held a “Colorism Privilege Walk” that forced seventh- and eighth-grade students to separate by race. The event directs the students to stand in a line and step backward if they were black and forwards if they were white. It was originally designed to illustrate to the students how “white privilege,” “internalized dominance,” and “microaggressions” help the white students get ahead of their peers.
In a large “letter of finding”, Department of Education Office of Civil Rights enforcement office Carol Ashley called the Evanston-Skokie school district’s exercises discriminatory.
“These materials would have led students to be treated differently based on their race, depriving them of a class free from racial recrimination and hostility,” Ashley wrote. “Such treatment has no place in federally-funded programs or activities, nor is it protected by the First Amendment.”
The whistleblower from Chicago was notified by Ashley that the Evanston-Skokie school district was taking part in discriminatory behavior. In late January however, Ashley reached out again stating that her case and investigation were being suspended due to the Biden administrations’ new executive order on equity and gender rights.