Unity Day Redux: The Madness of Woke Virtue Signaling
The Reaction to My Highlighting of the Disunity the Unity push speaks volumes as to the bigger problems with modern society
This won’t surprise you, but there are a lot of people who are pretty, pretty mad that I wrote this piece last week showing how Unity Day in Anne Arundel County is creating discord and disunity more than it is anything under else.
Let me highlight some of this reaction.
Political Group OnePasadena is Mad that I called OnePasadena a Political Group
There seems to be a major bone of contention from the OnePasadena group that I called them a “Left-Wing Political Group”. One of the organizers of the group insists that the group is non-political due to their “Rule #8”, below.
The problem with this, however, is the fact that the groups actions completely go against their own self-professed rules. Let me take you back to this, which I included in my original piece:
I guess that attack on a political figure somehow doesn’t violate the sacrosanct Rule #8. I guess somehow it also does not violate the sacrosanct Rule #8 that OnePasadena members were bullying and harassing attendees of the aforementioned Corine Frank fundraiser.
Apparently bullying people is OK when they don’t agree with you. Can’t imagine that from a group whose founder posts this kinda stuff.
Ms. Jasen had a nuclear meltdown on the internet over me posting her own words, incidentally.
Ravens Terps Wizards @Tea4maryland@LotusDebi @TheDuckpin @IMChesapeakeHS @OnePasadena @AACountySchools @capgaznews I read the article, even if you disagree with how he portrayed you, how did he put your family in harms way? lol
Posting somebody’s own words they posted publicly on the internet is “doxxing” her and endangering her safety. This person clearly does not live in the real world.
PSA: Don’t doxx people. Only jerks do that.
The Left is Intentionally Misunderstanding the Point
The entire reason that I wrote the piece is to highlight how things like Unity Days are dividing students and communities more than they are bringing them together and how public schools should not engage political groups of any stripe with school activities.
As I pointed out last week, this is a concept that we have covered extensively in the past when we talked about Social Justice policies and the Equity Charade in Anne Arundel Schools. The issues facing unity days are real. The issues with social justice education and the problematic curriculum the school is using put forth by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center are real.
Meanwhile, nobody wants to talk about the fact that a political group was invited by a school administrator to participate in these activities. Were other groups invited? Were people of multiple political persuasions invited? Were African-American groups invited? Or was it just one left-wing group with whom the principal happens to agree.
At this juncture, a lot of people cannot or will not understand the actual point that many parents are trying to address.
We Need to Have a Conversation. A REAL Conversation.
We need to have a REAL conversation about Equity, about Unity Days, about the SPLC diversity curriculum. And yet, after a week, we still can’t have that conversation because true believers in Equity, Unity Day, and groups like OnePasadena refuse to acknowledge that there is a problem.
Everybody who wants to have this conversation is all pulling in the same direction. We all want public schools to be a place where people can learn without judgment or fear. Kids and teachers of all religions, sexual persuasions, and both genders should be able to go school without fear of reprisal or bullying. And realistic expectations need to be set without insulting curricula, toxic chalking, and other cosmetic nonsense.
And yet, the OnePasadena crowd finds it easier to cast blame, make accusations, and spread hate instead.
Everybody is hiding behind accusations of racism in order to avoid The Conversation
Despite the fact that I quote Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century who happens to also be an African-American, about how divisive these issues are, and despite the fact that I posted the follow:
EVERYBODY (or just about everybody) wants to make sure that we live in a society where people are free to live their life without discrimination
Despite all that, White Democrats decided that opposing Unity Day for any reason is racism. Because reasons.
The point of the entire exercise, the point of drawing attention to the discord and disunity that Unity Day creates is so that we can start a conversation about a way forward that does not create chaos. If supporters of the the Equity Charade hide behind racism, it gives them a sense of moral superiority and an excuse to not engage in a argument and a discussion they cannot win.
This argument has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with virtue signaling from woke middle-age white activists. And their adherence to virtue signaling is making them blind to what’s really in the best interests of public school students in Anne Arundel County and beyond.