Racism in the Cradle

Arizona Department of Education claims that babies develop the first signs of racism at three months old.

The Arizona Department of Education has created an “equity” toolkit claiming that babies show the first signs of racism at three months old and that white children “remain strongly biased in favor of whiteness” by age five.

The Department of Education recommends a reading that claims babies are not “colorblind” and that parents must instill “antiracist attitudes and actions” beginning at birth, in order for their children to not “absorb bias from the world around them.”

Another recommended reading claims that “all white people are white in the context of a society that continues to disadvantage people of color based on race.” The document teaches schools how to “change what it means to be white” and inculcate an “antiracist white identity.”

The Department provides additional resources for “families & community,” telling white parents that they “can have a black friend, partner, or child and still be racist.” The article claims that white people deny their own racism to “alleviate some of their white fragility.”

Finally, the department shares a series of resources for teachers about “systemic racism” and “intersectionality,” then explains how to conduct an “equity audit” and implement “racial equity plan” in schools using the principles of “antiracism.”

I call on Governor Ducey to conduct an investigation into the Department of Education’s radical “equity and diversity” program. It’s deeply ideological, anti-scientific, and morally bunk. Arizona students deserve better.

Christopher F. Rufo is the director of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. He has directed four documentaries for PBS and is currently a contributing editor for City Journal, where he covers homelessness, addiction, mental illness, crime, and other afflictions.

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