The Greenwich YWCA has announced its annual Stand Against Racism Day will be taking place on April 28th, 2023.
The event will celebrate young people with Racial and Gender Equity Scholarships that will be presented by Greenwich Superintendent Toni Jones, who has repeatedly insisted that she does not promote the tenets of critical race theory (CRT).
The term intersectionality was coined by Kimberle Crenshaw to offer a way of describing the simultaneous oppressions of race, gender, and sexuality. It is deeply connected to the concept of Critical Race Theory (CRT), of which Crenshaw is considered to be a key architect.
The event also includes remarks on “the intersection of race and gender” with homelessness.
Additionally, the term “equity” has been defined by the YWCA (through it’s “DIVE Training” program) as follows:
Equity is when two or more [groups] are standing on a relatively equal footing. Equity is a process and an outcome that requires the elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that produce, reinforce, or maintain differential outcomes based on [identity].
The YWCA’s definition of equity is derived from work that critical race theorist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi completed for the Center for Assessment and Policy Development. His other policy work has included calling for defunding the police, and recommending a federal “Department of Antiracism,” which would theoretically have power to censor “racist ideas” and veto, nullify or abolish any law at any level of government that has not been deemed to be “antiracist”.
Kendi has been labeled as "a false prophet” and his "religion of antiracism” has been described as "a marketing-friendly recapitulation of the academic left’s most pernicious ideas.”
He believes that racism is the single, self-evident cause of racial differences and that it is systemically embedded in every aspect of society — from grades students receive in school to incarceration rates and even to income levels. Kendi's view is that these perceived inequities must be rectified through the use of “antiracist discrimination”.
In fact, he asserts that, “the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”Additionally, “in order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist,” says Kendi.
So when the YWCA is taking a stand against racism, it’s important to understand the definition of racism used, because it might not be the definition that you use.
While we can all agree that racism is ugly, hurtful and should absolutely be eradicated from society, the idea that one should use “present discrimination” to atone for “past discrimination” seems to contradict the purpose of taking a stand against racism in the first place, doesn’t it?