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Firing White People First

Minneapolis public schools' anti-white teachers' contract is illegal -- but the real question is why anybody thought it was moral in the first place
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At first, it might strike you as unbelievable that the Minneapolis school district and the local teachers union struck a deal that would fire white teachers before teachers of color in any staff reduction. The contract also calls for hiring POCs first if layoffs are rescinded. How could that even be legal? Well, as Eugene Volokh reports, it's double-plus not legal at all.

The most interesting thing about this is that it got approved at all -- and I'm not just talking about lawyers failing to do their jobs, either. Teachers must have agreed to this outrageous contract in which they will be fired on the basis of skin color. The school board saw no problem with it either. Wesley Yang gets the essential point:


Exactly right: this is what "equity" means. Whenever you hear progressives, or people in progressive-dominated institutions (like public education), gassing on about the importance of "equity," what they really mean is "firing white people first, hiring white people last."

The amazing thing is that so many white people are so filled with self-hatred that they agree to policies like this. The DEI propaganda has demoralized so many, and taught them to hate themselves, and not to fight for their own interests, and the interests of their children. No American should ever be rewarded or punished based on the color of their skin. We used to believe that as a country, and work hard to make that belief a reality. Now the Left is setting America up to fracture along racial lines. It's teaching us to hate each other, and to feel entitled because of our skin color.

It's worth reminding y'all, from over on this side of the Atlantic, that this is how the European governing elites regard the migration issue. Out of their own monstrous self-loathing, and hatred for Western civilization, as well as their nitwit progressive ideals, they are creating conditions for a hellacious racial and religious war in the future. Just like their American counterparts on the DEI front, European elites -- Hungary's Viktor Orban a notable exception -- cannot imagine that they are wrong about any of this. They have convinced themselves that this is the path of virtue, and that to disagree with them, and to want to defend your own home (Europe) or fairness in the workplace (America) is racist.

These progressives need to be cold-cocked at the ballot box so hard that their teeth rattle. More and more Americans are surely waking up to the fact that the class that rules them hates them and wants to see them punished. DEI propaganda is designed to train about half the people in the country to think they are not worthy of just treatment, because of the color of their skin, and to train the other half to think that they are entitled to special treatment because of the color of theirs. This is not going to end well.


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Peter Pratt
Peter Pratt
Under DEI, equity = anti-white, anti-male, anti-heterosexual, and anti-Christian, to some extent. This ideology seems designed to create division and conflict between people.
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Yay, I can comment... thank you for fixing my account American Conservative!
Yes, it should be illegal to base hiring decisions on skin color. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statement declares this much: “We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.”
Asserting "equity" as a standard is discriminatory toward young people, who have never engaged in racist behavior.
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Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
I agree, this contract is both morally wrong and illegal. But let me play a little bit of devil's advocate. Plausibly, the oldest teachers in Minneapolis were hired under a discriminatory regime that excluded minorities. To fire teachers based simply on least seniority first would tend to exclude recently hired minorities who had more of a fair chance than their parents. Does this make it OK to discriminate against whites? No. But if you really, seriously want to do something about this problem, it can probably be done legally. Fire the people with the most seniority first. I think this would be a terrible idea, but probably not unconstitutional.

Or how about firing the teachers whose students perform the worst? That would seem fairest of all to me, but think about the perverse incentives. Grade inflation would spiral, as giving your students all A's would suddenly become the road to job security.
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