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The #LoveWins Jackboot

A reader took this photo of a flyer in the halls of Grady High School [1] in Atlanta. What symbolism! A public school in Atlanta is now propagandizing students to believe that people who dissent from the multiculti Narrative are haters who deserve to be symbolically stomped by a jackboot.

A sign of the times. If I were a parent of a student at Grady, or a local pastor (priest, imam, Orthodox rabbi), I would insist on a meeting with school officials and demand to know what, exactly, constitutes “hate” for the purposes of this indoctrination.

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#1 Comment By a commenter On March 10, 2018 @ 1:22 am

The identity bullying lesson plan (for elementary school children!!!) from the ADL is quite disturbing. First, the lesson plan contains pervasive ideological indoctrination. Second, it pushes students to share information on areas of their lives that are private (eg the lesson plan encourages children to share identity information about their family lives that might be private, such as having two moms), which in itself seems a bit close to the ok-not-ok line. But it also means that other children are now privy to this information and are therefore tasked with the responsibility of responding to the information in a specific “appropriate” manner (dictated by the lesson plan, of course). Third, the lessons encourage children to discover victim identities in themselves that they might otherwise never have thought or worried about. One part of the lesson plan encourages them to think about a time they were made a victim based on their identity. it valorises being a victim. It also promotes an ideology (a religion, I would say) of mentalising oneself and one’s relationship in terms of identity categories. (I consider this a religious approach because it competes with, say, a way of mentalising oneself according to virtues. So instead of saying, my goal is to be kind, generous, wise, etc, it encourages you think of yourself as gay/straight, white/black, disabled/able-bodied, etc, and then to be on the lookout for all the ways others might be bullying you on your victim categories).

The last and most concerning thing about this lesson plan, in my view, is that it treats casual human interactions as subject to government regulation and punishment. Bullying is bad, sure. But this level of control and enforced indoctrination in anti-bullying teaching is authoritarian and invasive of relationships. (It’s not a surprise that they are teaching this. We could have guessed this from “yes means yes” which essentially sets up a verbal script that every intimate encounter must follow; this lesson plan simply extends the concept that every word and action must be formally regulated down to the level of casual interactions in elementary school). Now, every step of a child’s interaction at school, from how they go to the bathroom to how they make friends to how they react when their classmates disclose (at the behest of the lesson plan) that they have two moms, will be subject to punishment if they don’t behave according to government-mandated standards. It is absolutely a jackboot on freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of friendship.

Another interesting thing about the lesson plan (and other lesson plans on the site) is how this is all masked as being part of the Common Core. So each lesson plan has Common Core objectives that it purports to meet. And yet what it’s really doing is bringing what amounts to a religious (well, really anti-religious) ideology into public school classrooms that are supported by your tax dollars, under the guise of “anti-bullying.”

#2 Comment By Anne On March 10, 2018 @ 3:54 am

So what’s the complaint here, that the jackboot is being given a bum rap? Surely the problem can’t be with the suggested “School Spirit Week” activities (say 10 positive things to 10 different people;hang out with kids you don’t normally talk to; share “fun facts” about each other’s ethnic backgrounds, wear matching outfits with a buddy for the day). Granted, the boot’s a bit over the top, image-wise, but the bullying engaged in by youngsters this age definitely meets most anybody’s definition of “hate.” Really. As a mother who witnessed what they’re talking about, I’d say a “stomping” seems pretty darn appropriate.

#3 Comment By Jonah R. On March 10, 2018 @ 11:25 am

“Share fun facts about the various cultures/customs/ethnic groups represented here…”

Yeah, this isn’t a minefield at all.

Fewer than half of all black and Hispanic fourth-graders in the Atlanta schools read at grade level, compared to 94 percent of white kids. Of course, the white kids’ grandfathers are committing suicide at record levels, when they’re not retreating into oblivion with opioids. But at least they’re not the Asian kids, who will be penalized and discriminated against when they apply to elite colleges. Gosh, facts about cultures are fun!

And what is “Walking in Unity for CHANGE and PEACE”? Why is the enemy not named? Is it still “unity” if kids who own .22 rifles show up? Can “change” include, for example, a drastic reduction in illegal immigration? What war do they hope to quell that “peace” is a goal? Are MAGA hats allowed?

People keep saying, “who could object to something this innocent?” But I wonder, who could get on board with something so evasive and vague? It’s not even a “spread the love” rally; it’s a “stomp out hate” rally, with hate undefined, and violence as its central motif. And the childish language of this brochure made me assume it was for an elementary school.

Just because this isn’t openly partisan or specifically religious does not stop it from being creepily ideological. There are ways to build and affirm a sense of community, but hatred of some unnamed Other ain’t the way to go.

#4 Comment By Fr William Bauer On March 10, 2018 @ 2:47 pm

The anti-bullying thrust has its roots at the homosexual lobby.

#5 Comment By Marie On March 10, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

Jones, spot on.

“There are a hundred different ways to celebrate or express respect for other peoples and civilizations, but these people only do it in the precise manner and extent necessary to destroy everyone’s respect for any civilization at all. They have no desire to elevate respect for any civilization; their ideas would ultimately dissolve them all.”

#6 Comment By a commenter On March 10, 2018 @ 4:18 pm

” As a mother who witnessed what they’re talking about, I’d say a “stomping” seems pretty darn appropriate.”

My children have been bullied at times but I certainly wouldn’t want them to be taught to stomp on the bully as a solution, even in theory. But if you follow the links upthread to the full lesson plans you’ll see that there’s a lot more material in there that indoctrinates children into a way of analyzing moral behavior that steps on the toes of parents and that is inappropriate to the taxpayer funded public school environment.

#7 Comment By sjay On March 10, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

I love how the jackboot, universally recognized symbol of merciless militancy with totalitarian connotations, becomes a “rain boot.”

Except that the depicted boot clearly is a rain boot just like our mothers used to make us on over our shoes before we went to school when it was raining or snowing.

See the actual jackboot.

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Not that there isn’t a danger that the metaphor of stomping something out won’t be taken too literally. There’s always someone. See,e.g., Dana Loesch.

#8 Comment By sdb On March 10, 2018 @ 5:01 pm

Granted, the boot’s a bit over the top, image-wise, but the bullying engaged in by youngsters this age definitely meets most anybody’s definition of “hate.” Really. As a mother who witnessed what they’re talking about, I’d say a “stomping” seems pretty darn appropriate.

Stomping someone is an appropriate response to someone’s hateful words? Wow. Just wow….

[NFR: Nobody will ever stomp anybody, and when they do, the haters will deserve it. — RD]

#9 Comment By BadReligion On March 10, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

“But at least they’re not the Asian kids, who will be penalized and discriminated against when they apply to elite colleges.”

You should realize that Asian-Americans constitute many different groups, some of which do not outperform all of the rest. Also, even for the groups that do, the “model minority” stereotype does a lot of harm as well.

“They have no desire to elevate respect for any civilization; their ideas would ultimately dissolve them all.”

Is it really so bad for humanity to move past the blind conformity and loyalty into whatever cultural circumstances people basically inherit?

“My children have been bullied at times but I certainly wouldn’t want them to be taught to stomp on the bully as a solution, even in theory.”

Ignoring bullies doesn’t make them go away. You have to beat them at their own game.

“But if you follow the links upthread to the full lesson plans you’ll see that there’s a lot more material in there that indoctrinates children into a way of analyzing moral behavior that steps on the toes of parents and that is inappropriate to the taxpayer funded public school environment.”

Like what?

“The anti-bullying thrust has its roots at the homosexual lobby.”

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

#10 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On March 10, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

It’s surprising so few recognize the smiley face activities teaching the children to sing ‘we are the world’ in harmony is part of youth camp indoctrination.

We like the words, ’cause we are liberals,
We’ve got the cash to sit around and dream,
So let’s keep dreaming.
It’s no choice we’re making,
Thank God its not our lives,
Let’s hope we never have to make that kind of choice…

…and at least starving people,
Around the world will know,
That we discuss their fate, over lunch.

#11 Comment By Thaomas On March 10, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

@ a commentator,

It seems to me that calling to mind instances in which on has been treated unfairly is a good way to develop/reinforce a commitment to treating others fairly.

#12 Comment By Jonah R. On March 11, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

“You should realize that Asian-Americans constitute many different groups, some of which do not outperform all of the rest. Also, even for the groups that do, the “model minority” stereotype does a lot of harm as well.”

BadReligion, I don’t need this non sequitur of a lecture from you. I wasn’t perpetuating a stereotype; I was stating a fact about elite college admissions: that Asians are getting penalized for being Asian. Take whatever murky objection you have to Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, et al., not to me.

#13 Comment By MichaelGC On March 11, 2018 @ 2:56 pm

BadReligion says on March 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm:

Is it really so bad for humanity to move past the blind conformity and loyalty into whatever cultural circumstances people basically inherit?

When humanity moves into blind conformity and loyalty to an engineered ideology which manifests itself with duckspeak mantras such as “diversity,” “inclusiveness,” “acceptance,” etc., the purpose of which is the destruction of language and obliteration of thought, yes, it’s bad.

#14 Comment By Durin On March 11, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

Jones says: “I thought high schoolers used to be contrarians and nonconformists? WTF!”

Conformity is diversity.
Men are women.
Mobs are justice.

#15 Comment By BadReligion On March 11, 2018 @ 9:46 pm

Jonah R. – You’re familiar with the peculiar socioeconomic results of the immigration hurdle as it pertains to Asia, right? The earliest Asian-Americans weren’t really in a position for universities to decide their campuses were getting too crowded with them.

“When humanity moves into blind conformity and loyalty to an engineered ideology which manifests itself with duckspeak mantras such as “diversity,” “inclusiveness,” “acceptance,” etc., the purpose of which is the destruction of language and obliteration of thought, yes, it’s bad.”

Thankfully, that hyperbolic description doesn’t describe what’s happening, nor what I was referring to.

#16 Comment By a commenter On March 12, 2018 @ 10:57 am

“It seems to me that calling to mind instances in which on has been treated unfairly is a good way to develop/reinforce a commitment to treating others fairly.”

I disagree. When I was a child, we were taught to treat others fairly by learning to see Jesus in everyone, as well as in ourselves. It is a much better, more healthful and positive way of teaching children to treat each other well. In any case, in the context of the lesson on the links provided by Erin Manning, the lesson presented is all wound up with the idea that various personal characteristics “are” your “identity.” That is a very ideological way of presenting it, and the ideology is centered upon the LGBT ideology, with which I disagree. It asks people to separate themselves off into little groups according to such characteristics, and to treat those withOUT a special identity category as the outliers. So, even though it may seem inclusive at first blush, it is, at its very core, all about exclusion. And, the idea of who victimised you, means that where there is a victim, there must have been an aggressor, and of course the aggressor is not in the in-group. It’s divisive and has no place in an elementary school curriculum, let alone a public school curriculum. It’s also exclusionary of religious belief. We are all children of God. That’s our identity. God is the Father of us all and wants us to be united in loving and obeying Him.

#17 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On March 12, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

ADL is like an immune system that has turned on the body it originally protected, because it has run out of invading pathogens to fight. Combat anti-Semitism? Good cause. Also combat racial prejudice? Good cause. Jewish populations and black populations have been everything from arm in arm through nose to nose in different times and places for various reasons, but a lot of the same blue bloods despised both, and a lot of the same lumpen white folks also despised both. Unfortunately, Jewish immigrants tended to move into neighborhoods Italians were moving out of, and when the Jewish families could afford to move on, black families were the ones who could afford to buy in, so the corner store owners and landlords encountered by newly arriving black families tended to be Jewish. And they acted like corner store owners and landlords, not like ADL advocates.

Anyway, its time to send some T-cells to shut down the overheated ADL. Trans-sexuals are not the new Jews.

#18 Comment By Giuseppe Scalas On March 13, 2018 @ 9:12 am

Anne,

You are a Catholic, if I’m not wrong.
Can’t you see how anti-Christian all of this ultimately is?

#19 Comment By Ben H On March 14, 2018 @ 11:43 am

Remember: there is tons of bullying at schools. Supposed gay/tranny harassment is the only kind of bullying that schools will try to stop.

If you’re a non athletic kid with glasses and dumb jocks decide you are a good target the school won’t help you at all no matter how bad it gets. If you are a different girl who can’t afford nice clothes the school will do nothing to stop mean girls from humiliating you at every opportunity even official school stuff.

The only way to get help from the school is to discover your love of gay sex/need for drugs and surgery to change your body. Then the school will give you everything you now think you need.

#20 Comment By Zanz On March 15, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

they culturally appropriated the jackboot.