As you probably know, schools across America celebrated Read Across America Day Monday, although some tried to erase Dr. Seuss from the proceedings, even though the day was created to fall on his birthday. His books didn’t make the NEA’s list of recommended reading, although we’re hoping President Biden picks up a copy of “Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship.”

What’s taken the place of Dr. Seuss? How about “Antiracist Baby,” by Ibram X. Kendi?

Speaking of racist babies, Christopher F. Rufo is back with more documents, this time from the Arizona Department of Education. It’s an “equity” toolkit to help teachers deal with the racism that is inherent in children as young as 3 months old and pervasive in white children up to age 5 and beyond.

Well, at least we know babies are born as “blank slates” when it comes to racist thought, which doesn’t manifest until around 3 months old. “As their brains develop, their understanding of the world stems from what they observe in their parents and others around them.” Again, this is the recommendation for newborns through age 2.

“Beverly Daniel Tatum suggests there are only three ways to be white: ignorant, color-blind, and racist …. She suggests we have to create a fourth way to be white: the antiracist white identity.” Hey, we thought there were eight white identities, including “white traitor” and “white abolitionist” (the intended goal).

Apparently white babies start picking up racist behaviors from their caregivers at around 3 months.

In our research, we tracked down the source of all those aspects of “white supremacy culture” such as perfectionism and individualism, to a study by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun done in 2001. This has been around a while, folks.

Yes, but as the materials in the toolkit clearly state, you can have black friends or even a black spouse and still be racist.

It’s important to track down the sources and studies upon which all of this new wave of antiracism is built, because then it all begins to fall apart.

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