Elementary School Gives Anti-Racism Presentation To Kids in Pre-K

Janney Elementary School in Washington D.C. assigned Pre-k through third-grade students an “Anti-Racism Fight Club” presentation. The presentation asked students to identify racist members of their families and complete an “anti-racist” lesson.

The children were given a “Fistbook” to help them continue the dialogue at home with their families. The “Racist Presentation and Fistbook are written by Doyin Richards. The book explains:

“White people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance, and that it’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”

The Fistbook for Kids says, “Put differently, it’s not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it.”

Some of the questions in the book for children include, “Where do you see racism in yourself? This requires true soul-searching. Be real with yourself, don’t feel guilt/shame, and own it. It’s the first step in becoming an anti-racist.”

The school defended the presentation by saying it wanted to continue the dialogue as a school community. The school sent parents a link to access the Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook” for adults, which says, “Racism is as American as apple pie and baseball.”

One parent commented that her child was “scared” by the training and needed to sleep with the light on. 

The school declined to comment if the presentation for Pre-k through 3rd-grade students was mandatory. 

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