GOLDSBORO – The social justice movement is rearing its head in Wayne County. Goldsboro High School Principal Chris Horne is the subject of complaints for creating a mandatory professional development assignment for teachers them that instructed teachers to read a book about white privilege, write a ‘cultural autobiography’ documenting their privilege, keep a daily diary of their privilege, and then attend a training session prepared to discuss it.
As reported by the New Old North:
“The reading also included instructions for staff to follow, including keeping a “diary” of “white privilege that they notice … in their daily lives” and writing down “ways in which whites are privileged in their own school.”
Reading the article — and following the above instructions — was not optional. Here is the email Horne sent to staff:
More from New Old North:
“One teacher, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, said they saw the assignment as a “slap in the face” and no longer considers GHS a “safe place to work.”
“I increasingly see evidence that Mr. Horne uses race as a keystone of his own identity and the identity of others,” he told the New Old North. “While previously, this has been employed to celebrate the strengths of different cultures, populations, etc., I increasingly feel as if I’m expected to cope with my whiteness, offer critical excuses for other teachers who are white, and made to feel as if my opinions are not heard as collegial and constructive, but as tainted by the color of my skin.”
Another said they were “shocked” by the assignment, but feared speaking out because of potential damage to their career. […]
An African-American teacher who has not yet filed a complaint with the district because they, too, fear retaliation, said they were “disgusted” by the suggestion they keep a list of white privilege they noticed around GHS.
“There is so much wrong with that activity that it’s hard to know where to start,” they wrote in a statement provided to the New Old North. “I love my co-workers. I teach my students that white, black, yellow, we are all the same. How can I preach and practice those words and go around spying on my white colleagues? Unethical doesn’t even begin to cover what this is.” […]”
This kind of postmodernist social justice nonsense could be expected out of high schools in Chapel Hill, or Asheville – some of the very liberal pockets of our state – but this is happening in Wayne County, certainly not a place associated with the politics of the New Left.
Read more about how this principal gloated that one of his strengths was being inclusive and how the district may respond to these complaints here.