The Arizona Department of Education has created a new "equity" toolkit claiming that babies begin to develop racist tendencies at just three months old, and instructing parents to take action to make sure their white babies don't grow up to be white supremacists.
I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s the literal gist of the program.
The “toolkit” includes several recommended readings for parents, including one that tells them to begin teaching “antiracist attitudes and actions” to their infants so the children don’t "absorb bias from the world around them." According to reporter Christopher Rufo, who posted images of the toolkit on Twitter, the reading explains that children begin to see and differentiate between skin color in early infancy and tend to show preferences to people who look like their caregivers - a universal habit that, apparently, only develops into full-blown "racism" in white children. By the time they're five, the toolkit says, white children have already learned that it's better to be white.
In order to keep white babies from adopting the “bias” around them, their white parents should “model inclusivity and unbiased conduct” at all times, the reading says.
To that end, the toolkit suggests a new “way to be white” that includes being white while still “work[ing] against racism,” including recognizing the “privilege that comes from being white.”
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." pic.twitter.com/7Whc717K5q— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 2, 2021
Another reading claims that "all white people are white in the context of a society that continues to disadvantage people of color based on race."
Any denial from white people that they are racist is a sign of “white fragility," per another reading. This one claims that terms like “reverse racism,” “black-on-black crime,” and “the race card” are “made-up terms that some white people use to feel better about themselves.”
The toolkit also instructs teachers and educators to be aware of "systemic racism" that puts white children at an advantage over everyone else, suggesting they implement an "equity audit and a "racial equity plan" to address this privilege.