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New York Times Implies ‘Nice White Parents’ Are The Problem With Public Education–Is That Racist?

The “Gray Lady” seems to have lost her marbles.

The New York Times tweeted out a promo for a new podcast that is going to tackle the issues that are plaguing the American public education system. To understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what’s arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents. Listen to the trailer for “Nice White Parents,” a new series from @serial, brought to you by @nytimes.”

There are a couple of big issues with this tweet.

  1. The wording seems to argue that since “white parents” are “the most powerful force in our schools” that they are the source of the problems.
  2. Suggesting that parents (of any race) are “the most powerful force” in the public education system is absolutely laughable. Teachers’ unions, leftwing administrators, and Democratic politicians have way more power than any parent no matter the race.

The NY Times says that the public school system doesn’t provide equal education and most often fails “black and brown” students. Often, when the failures of public schools are discussed, the questions “Why aren’t they performing better? Why aren’t they achieving more?” is where the focus is. NYT says, “Those are not the right questions.”

If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.
Source: New York Times (Archived)

Are you really surprised that this is where the New York Times has gone?

They published The 1619 Project which posits that America was really founded on the practice of slavery and is therefore inherently racist. Despite it’s Pulitzer Prize, The 1619 Project is riddled with inaccuracies and has been rebutted many black journalists, scholars, and community leaders as well as top historians. There’s even a counter-movement called 1776 Unites that will provide materials to K-12 schools now that The 1619 Project teaching materials will be furnished to public schools. The author of The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, has called white people “barbaric devils” and has a history of spouting anti-white racism.

Speaking of Nikole Hannah-Jones, it seems that Chana Joffe-Walt, the new host of the podcast being promoted by the NYTimes, had worked with Jones to write a few stories about education and school segregation.

Gee, I wonder if that had any sort of influence on Walt’s perspective…

The New York Times isn’t even bothering to hide their bigotry anymore. At least they’re being honest about it.

It’s just too bad that the thing that they’re honest about is blatantly racist. But hey…it is the New York Times, after all–they’ve been anti-Semitic for years and maybe this is just an attempt to branch out into a new form of bigotry. We can’t expect them to completely rebrand, right?

K. Walker

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker