Father of an Upper East Side private school daughter pulls his child out of school due to the outrage he has from their extensive anti-racism policies.
These policies include training for parents to “color heal” and that they are teaching “kids to hate their own country.”
Andrew Gutmann, the father who has written a letter back in response to The Brearly School, has been received by the students and faculty as “offensive and harmful.”
The Brearley School is an all-girls school in Manhattan. Alumni of the school include Caroline Kennedy, Tea Leoni, Elisabeth Murdoch, Dorothy Schiff, and Alice Gore King.
He points out that their “critical race theory” is advocating that “Blacks should forever be regarded as helpless victims.
” An example he gives the school in the letter is that the anti-training sessions for the parents are materials that have been taught for years, but are now suddenly considered offensive due to the BLM movement.
He is frustrated, feeling like the school is teaching the girls to hate their own country and that white students are being judged by the color of their skin. He also denies that systemic racism exists in the US.
Gutmann writes, “systemic racism, properly understood, is segregated schools and separate lunch counters. It is the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small number of isolate incidences over a period of decades.”
He continues to call out the Brearley School’s diversity since it prioritizes legacy to those of families with “especially deep pockets.
” He tells this because the tuition for the school is $53,000 a year.In his response, he “cannot tolerate a school that not only judged my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs.
“By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.”
The father continued saying that the school was “indoctrinating the girls into a single mindset that is “most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”
He has spoken to many parents at the institution, and it is clear that the majority of parents believes that their antiracism policies are “misguided, divisive, counterproductive, and cancerous.”
“Give the insidious cancel culture that has of late permeated our society, most parents are too fearful to speak up.”