Riverdale's Tom Taylor Pens "Whiteness" Manifesto

And Other News

April 28th, 2021


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by John McWhorter

April 26th, 2021


FAIR Board of Advisors member John McWhorter penned an insightful piece this week exposing a disturbing paper published in Critical Criminology last month by Riverdale Country School upper school head Tom Taylor. Taylor's 10-page manifesto, titled “Independent School Rhetoric and its Role in the Neoliberal Construction of Whiteness, uses the terms white,whiteness or white supremacy upwards of eighty times.

McWhorter writes:

Again, the school is channeling Jesus and will not be questioned. Thou shalt not question Tom Taylor. Given the buzzwords, the period of composition, and current practice at such schools nationwide, we are reasonable to assume that the program Taylor is espousing will include excusing black students from real standards, teaching students to distrust one another across racial boundaries, narrowing scholastic coverage to 'center' issues of oppression and inequity, 'decentering,' well, just plain school as 'too white,' assigning KenDiAngelonian texts as scripture, and creating an atmosphere where students and teachers are afraid to take issue with any of this because they don’t want to be rhetorically roasted alive and socially excommunicated.

And Taylor’s position is 'If parents don’t like what we’re doing they can go fuck themselves. We’re right and they’re wrong.'

This man, despite his sport coats and probably pacific demeanor, is a zealot.


Read the full article here.

Taylor's Public Academic Profile:


In The Times of London, Will Pavia also wrote about Taylor's paper:

... Private schools, well-financed and unencumbered by rules about their curricula, may actually be going further than public schools in reordering how they do business. Tom Taylor, the author of a recent paper titled Independent School Rhetoric and its Role in the Neoliberal Construction of Whiteness, wrote that they were “uniquely positioned” to lead the way. He cited research suggesting that while publicly funded schools were obligated to educate the children of “overly interventionist parents”, private schools are not.

“Thus, private schools who find parents unwilling to accept moves towards culturally responsive schooling are free to draw a line in the sand, so to speak, and assert firmly and positively a philosophy of education that is explicitly antiracist, decolonising and culturally affirming.”

Taylor was not speaking from an ivory tower. He is the head of the upper school at Riverdale, the $54,000-a-year institution with the start-of-term assembly that so alarmed Bartning. In his paper, Taylor says that students of colour, who are 50.2 per cent of the school-age population, make up 28.7 per cent of pupils at independent schools. Because of their cost, they are “quite literally educating the ‘one percent’” he wrote.

Citing a thicket of studies, he said private schools espouse “neoliberal notions of individualism (as opposed to societal or structural inequity)” to suggest that if minority pupils fail to succeed it is their own fault. He writes that the claim from many parents that “I don’t see colour” supported this ideology. “By erasing (or at least minimising) the relevance of race, colorblindness represents a discursive investment in the perpetuation of Whiteness,” the head teacher writes.

In a blog post on Taylor’s article this week, John McWhorter, a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, portrayed Taylor as a zealot “seeking moral absolution for being white”. McWhorter, who is black, argued that “black people will have to play a major role in the pushback” to “reverse this anti-intellectual tide of pious, self-congratulatory nonsense from depriving generations of children of true education”...


Read the full article here.


Other News

Greg Lukianoff of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) published a piece detailing “10 Principles for Opposing Thought Reform in K-12.”

If K-12 education is to include moral education, it must allow students to question or dissent from the moral education it provides, without fear of punishment. Otherwise, it is indoctrination and thought reform, not education.


Read the full article here.

In an article for The New York Post, Dana Kennedy explores the growing underground network of parents speaking out against critical race theory indoctrination in New York City schools.

“The ‘underground’ network has spread to public schools, too. Two Manhattan mothers who have kids in city schools lead the NYC chapter of FAIR and are speaking up, like Gutmann, in part to encourage others.”


Read the full article here.

In an incredibly eloquent op-ed for The New York Times, Bret Stephens demonstrates the illiberal nature of “anti-racism” and explains that it’s possible for there to be both a need for racial progress as well as an objection to “anti-racist” dogma. 

“Morally and philosophically, liberalism believes in individual autonomy, which entails a concept of personal responsibility. The current model of anti-racism scoffs at this: It divides the world into racial identities, which in turn are governed by systems of privilege and powerlessness.”


Read the full article here.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Cornel West and Jeremey Tate describe how Howard University’s decision to phase out the classics is evidence of a widespread “spiritual catastrophe” throughout the academy. The two bring attention to notable freedom fighters who drew inspiration from the classics and why celebrating the Western tradition matters. 

“Academia’s continual campaign to disregard or neglect the classics is a sign of spiritual decay, moral decline and a deep intellectual narrowness running amok in American culture. Those who commit this terrible act treat Western civilization as either irrelevant and not worthy of prioritization or as harmful and worthy only of condemnation.”


Read the full article here.

In a piece for Spectator, Ross Kaminsky draws a parallel between cancer and critical race theory. Kaminsky describes how internal cancer often goes unnoticed until it is too late and that the same can be said for what is unfolding in American institutions. He also outlines the philosophical relationship between Marxism and critical race theory. 

The American body politic is suffering from just such an internal cancer, one that has gone unrecognized by most during its early stages, especially when it was confined to a small corner of that place from which many such cancers originate: the halls of academia.”


Read the full article here.


FAIR Board of Advisors member Megyn Kelly recently had Paul Rossi - the teacher and FAIR volunteer who exposed neo-racist indoctrination at his former school, Grace Church - on her podcast. The two discuss Rossi’s story and the spread of critical race theory throughout American schools.

“This hodgepodge of contradictory things, including making things that I consider to be virtues vices by arranging them on a schema that puts genocide in that schema, I refuse to teach that.”


Listen to the podcast here


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