The Pro-Human Answer to Intolerance & Racism

And Other News

June 30th, 2021


How To Be Pro-Human

Today, we released a video essay with FAIR president Bion Bartning explaining what the pro-human movement seeks to accomplish.

“There is an urgent need to reaffirm and advance the core principles of the civil rights movement. This isn’t an issue of left versus right. The defining question of our time is: How do we break through the demonization and division, and find the courage to move forward together, as Americans?”


Watch the video here.


Lawsuit Filed Against Evanston School District

A lawsuit has been filed against Evanston School District based on its neo-racist programming and curriculum. Teachers were separated by race, instructed on the problems with white talk and white privilege, and required to participate in privilege walks. Students as young as kindergarten were separated by race into affinity groups, told to participate in privilege walks based on their skin color, and given books depicting whiteness as a devil that mess[es] endlessly with all fellow humans of color. The children were also taught whiteness is a bad deal, white people send overt and subliminal messages that they are superior and black people are bad, ugly, and inferior, and color-blindness is racist. The school website proclaimed 5-year-old children, especially while children, are not racial innocents. The complaint alleges these discriminatory and hostile practices violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection guarantee.


Read more under our Profiles in Courage.


Other News

For the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof wrote an intriguing profile on FAIR Advisor Daryl Davis. Daryl's work, converting numerous members out of the K.K.K. and other hate groups, exemplifies what it means to be pro-human.

“‘If I can sit down and talk to K.K.K. members and neo-Nazis and get them to give me their robes and hoods and swastika flags and all that kind of crazy stuff,’ Davis said, ‘there’s no reason why somebody can’t sit down at a dinner table and talk to their family member.’”


Read the full article here.


After tweeting his support for journalist Andy Ngo's book covering ANTIFA, Winston Marshall of the band Mumford & Sons became the latest high-profile victim of cancel culture. Since then, Marshall published an eloquent essay detailing his decision to leave the band while standing up for free speech.

“I have spent much time reflecting, reading and listening. The truth is that my commenting on a book that documents the extreme Far-Left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally repugnant Far-Right.”


Read the full article here.


Greg Lukianoff, the founder and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, lawyer, and author wrote an in-depth analysis of the bans on Critical Race Theory (CRT) in K-12 education and their constitutionality alongside what nuances have been lost from reporting on both sides of the debate.

Some have pointed to the fact that many of the laws affecting K-12 are extremely broad and vague and held that up as evidence that they are unconstitutional. However, the legal doctrine that laws affecting speech must be narrowly tailored so as not to sweep a lot of constitutionally protected speech under their purview, does not apply much to the context of K-12 teaching.


Read the full article here.


For the Washington Post, columnist George Will published an op-ed chronicling the Dwight-Englewood School whistleblower, Dana Strangel-Plowe.

“What can be done about the child abuse of which Dwight-Englewood is just one among thousands of rapidly multiplying symptoms? Prudent people are uneasy about state legislatures forbidding the teaching of critical race theory (CRT): Although legislatures have a responsibility to oversee the uses of taxation, and education policy, they also have a sorry history of interventions in schooling, often for the purpose of stoking cultural conflicts.”


Read the full article here.


For the Washington Post, Kathleen Parker wrote a balanced perspective on CRT in the classroom and gave her reasoning for why the current frenzy surrounding it likely won't last long.

Preoccupation with identity, one’s own or anyone else’s, is the stuff of tedium. I can imagine students, not just White, wondering whether it’s really necessary to view everything through the lens of race, which over time risks becoming predictable, formulaic and enervating — the antithesis of what learning should inspire.


Read the full article here.


For NY Daily News, Jonathan Zimmerman wrote an op-ed arguing that liberals should consider allowing for various perspectives on race in the classroom, which CRT inherently does not allow for.

“News flash: Americans disagree about race and racism in America. We should share those differences with our students, freely and openly, so they can come to their own conclusions.”


Read the full article here.


For Newsweek, Charles Fain Lehman wrote an op-ed discussing how the terminological debate surrounding CRT is a distraction from the neo-racism unfolding in classrooms across the country, whatever the pedagogy’s origin may be.

“The phrase has elicited, unfortunately, a terminological debate, as commentators spar over what it means, rather than the phenomenon it's meant to identify. That is at best a distraction, and at worst a diversion: By fighting about what ‘critical race theory’ means, we're avoiding a conversation about what has afflicted our schools over the course of the past year.”


Read the full article here.


For her Substack Common Sense With Bari Weiss, FAIR Advisor Bari Weiss penned both a heartbreaking and humbling reminder of why the right to free speech is not to be taken for granted. Weiss reflects on the CCP’s closure of Hong Kong’s last remaining independent newspaper, Apple Daily, and writes about the courage of its founder, Jimmy Lai who is currently being detained by the regime

“When the national security law passed last year, which effectively criminalized criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, Lai knew that it would not end well for him and for Apple Daily. He had more than the means to leave the city. But he refused.”


Read the full article here.


FAIR Advisor John McWhorter published an essay on his Substack It Bears Mentioning, on how the notion of political race-essentialism—which he refers to as "eclectism"—functions as a religion.

“What we have been seeing over the past year in terms of how serious people are comfortable presenting themselves and their thoughts is analogous to watching creationism taught alongside evolution.”


Read the full article here.


For Areo Magazine, FAIR Advisor Inaya Folarin Iman wrote an essay on how the current free speech crisis is not merely political but also rooted in the conceptions of our own identities.

“The debate about freedom of speech is not merely about what can and cannot be said. It is a battle over how certain identities are constituted, and what this means for our understanding of our humanity.”


Read the full article here.


In the latest episode of The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast, FAIR Advisor Ayaan Hirsi Ali hosted fellow FAIR Advisor  Christopher Rufo to discuss CRT in schools and the intolerant orthodoxy that has followed.

“Every child in this country has the right to an education that provides human dignity, that provides them a pathway to a life that is meaningful and full of opportunity, to allow them to fulfill their potential.”


Listen to the podcast here.


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