‘Asians Are Part of a Dominant Culture’ and Needs to Be Called Out

January 14, 2021

An elementary school in Cupertino, California—a Silicon Valley community with a median home price of $2.3 million—recently forced a class of third-graders to deconstruct their racial identities, then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege,” according to Eye on the News.

The most ironic part of this story is that Meyerholz Elementary is 94% non-white and almost exclusively Asian-American—children of employees for Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. The median household income in Cupertino is $172,000 and nearly 80 percent of the residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Meyerholz Elementary demographics. Screenshot via Public School Review

Meyerholz Elementary consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all elementary schools in the state of California and completely destroys other non-Asian dominant elementary schools in math, science, and reading comprehension. In short—the school is not oppressed.

Screenshot via Public School Review

However, a third-grade teacher at R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School began teaching lessons on “social identities” during a math class. The teacher asked all students to create an “identity map,” listing their race, class, gender, religion, family structure, and other characteristics.

The teacher explained that the students live in a “dominant culture” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speaker[s],” who, according to the lesson, “created and maintained” this culture in order “to hold power and stay in power,” according to Eye on the News.

Next, reading from This Book Is Antiracist, the students learned that “those with privilege have power over others” and that “folx who do not benefit from their social identities, who are in the subordinate culture, have little to no privilege and power.” As an example, the reading states that “a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman.” In some cases, because of the principle of intersectionality, “there are parts of us that hold some power and other parts that are oppressed,” even within a single individual, according to Woke Elementary.

Asians fall in the “dominant” spectrum as they are now leading in many technological fields and will eventually use that technological dominance to oppress and “enslave” others through a “false sense of racial superiority,” when they are actually physically inferior to a Black transgender woman, although they are more privileged than a Black transgender woman but less privileged than a heterosexual white male who is “good looking.”

This of course enraged Asian-American parents. One parent explained this new type of “critical race theory” was reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. “[It divides society between] the oppressor and the oppressed, and since these identities are inborn characteristics people cannot change, the only way to change it is via violent revolution,” the parent said. “Growing up in China, I had learned it many times. The outcome is the family will be ripped apart; husband hates wife, children hate parents. I think it is already happening here,” according to Eye on the News.

The lesson caused an immediate uproar among Meyerholz Elementary parents. “We were shocked,” said one parent, who agreed to speak with me on condition of anonymity. “They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old.” This parent, who is Asian-American, rallied a group of a half dozen families to protest the school’s intersectionality curriculum. The group met with the school principal and demanded an end to the racially divisive instruction. After a tense meeting, the administration agreed to suspend the program. (When reached for comment, Jenn Lashier, the principal of Meyerholz Elementary, said that the training was not part of the “formal curricula, but the process of daily learning facilitated by a certified teacher.”) according to Eye on the News.

The stakes are high for the Asian-American community. For progressives insisting on the narrative of “white supremacy” and “systemic racism,” Asian-Americans are the “inconvenient minority”: they significantly outperform all other racial groups, including whites, in terms of academic achievement, college admissions, household income, family stability, and other key measures. Affirmative action and other critical race theory-based programs would devastate their admissions to universities and harm their futures.

At Meyerholz Elementary, the Asian-American families are on high alert for critical race theory in the classroom. Since their initial victory, they have begun to consider campaigning against the school board. “We think some of our school board members are [critical race theory] activists and they must go,” said one parent. The capture of our public institutions by progressives obsessed by race and privilege deserves opposition at every level. The parents of Cupertino have joined the fight.

However, progressives and liberals alike are gearing for a new type of attack toward Asian-Americans. Asians are now “white adjacent” or “honorary white.” Therefore, they should be treated and punished like white students who benefit from white supremacy in a system designed to benefit European [and now Asian] children.

“Asians are honorary white.”

Zoom class from the University of Illinois, Chicago. It’s not just in California.

“Being proud to be Asian is the same as being proud to be white. [Their] pride demoralizes Black and Latinx children. Their false sense of accomplishments and achievements makes them a newer and more dangerous version of white supremacy. I should go so far as to say we [United States] should forcibly take away these companies from Japan, China, and Korea and redistribute them to the next generation of Latinx and Black entrepreneurs.  They won’t be so proud when their companies are gone and we can stop this new form of white supremacy before it gets worse,” a frustrated parent stated.

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