Elementary school teaches children as young as 4 to identify racist family members and more with controversial book

A public elementary school helped children as young as 4 identify “racist members of their family” and school them in “anti-racism.”

A November letter from Janney Elementary School principal Danielle Singh states that children in pre-k through 3rd grade participated in an “Anti-Racism Fight Club.” The school is located in Washington, D.C.

According to the letter, the presentation was led by Doyin Richards, the author of Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook for Kids.

The “Fistbook” contains CRT-inspired concepts such found in following lines:

  • “White people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance. It’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the power in America.”
  • “If you are a white person, white privilege is something you were born with and it simply means that your life is not more difficult due to the color of your skin. Put differently, it’s not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it.”

The book also tells children that it’s their job to be “loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible to ensure change is made.”

Other sections of the book tackle strategies on how to deal with racist family members and how to soul-search until you find and own your own “racism.”

After the presentation, the school sent a link to parents that pointed to Richards’ Anti-Racism Fight Club Fistbook – the original ‘fistbook’ he wrote for adults. That book states that “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball,” and “White supremacy isn’t the shark, it’s the ocean.”

Other controversial excerpts from the adult version include: 

  • “If the police don’t murder citizens without penalty, then the riots/looting don’t happen.”
  • “Your feelings about Colin Kaepernick serve as a great barometer of how you would feel about Dr. King” during the Civil Rights Movement.
  • “If you hate Kaepernick now, you’d hate Dr. King if he was alive today.”
  • “And do you know what’s funny? In 50 years from now, white people will probably talk glowingly of Kaepernick as they are with Dr. King now. Stop using his quotes to benefit your racism.”

According to a D.C. Public Schools statement to Fox News digital, the adult version was not shared with students: “In December, a resource link with this content was shared in a parent newsletter at one of our schools. It is not part of our DCPS curriculum and was not shared with students,” the district wrote.

According to a Fox News report, parents of these students wrote in an online forum about the version of the book that was presented to their students.

An anonymous poster asked: “Anyone else’s kindergarten kid freaked out by an anti-racism assembly today? My kid needed to sleep with a light on and the door open tonight. Anyone know what specifically was talked about? My kid couldn’t relay much except that she was scared.”

According to principal Singh’s letter, this presentation is only “just the beginning.” 

“We recognize that any time we engage topics such as race and equity, we may experience a variety of emotions,” Singh wrote. “This is a normal part of the learning and growing process.”