A popular American UFC color commentator and podcaster has accused a California teacher of attempting to indoctrinate his 5-year-old daughter into a “woke, guilt-ridden ideology.”
On a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, Rogan noted that schools in California were “much more problematic” compared to Austin, Texas, where he lives. He said a school in California, where he used to live, had hired someone to teach children to be “antiracists.”
Rogan said his children do not hold racist beliefs and argued that it’s unnecessary to teach students a subject as complex as racism when they’re too young to understand it. He says teaching students such a topic is an attempt to indoctrinate them into a “woke guilt-ridden ideology.”
“My kids aren’t racist at all,” he said. “What are you doing? Like, why are you putting that into their head? That they have to be antiracist and call out racism.”
Rogan argues that teaching young children to be antiracist and speak out against racism is an attempt to make them activists, which is not suitable for a 5-year-old. He said children at that age only want to make friends and have fun together, regardless of their appearance.
“Hey, they’re five. They don’t even care. They want friends. They don’t give a f— what their friends look like,” he said. “They are trying to have a good time. They’re five. They’re just playing.”
Indoctrination Into a Woke Ideology
In the podcast, Rogan accused the school of indoctrinating children into woke culture instead of striving to be a “color-blind society” where everyone feels at home regardless of the differences in their skin color.
“You’re indoctrinating them into this woke, guilt-ridden ideology that you’re carrying around with you, and you feel like you have an obligation to impose this on children,” he said.
Instead of judging people by color, Rogan challenged society to embrace “the Martin Luther King notion” of judging people based on the content of their character rather than their skin.
Although Rogan admitted that there are “inequities in communities” and some people live in places with no hope, he doesn’t think children so young should be taught to become active antiracists. He added that such teachings are only meant to make children feel guilty.
“None of the real problems get addressed, none of that gets fixed, none of that gets worked on, and instead, they just try to make kids feel guilty,” he said.
Rogan is not the only parent opposed to teaching antiracism in schools. In March, a Florida school excluded Disney’s “Ruby Bridges” film from its curriculum following a parent’s complaint about its suitability for second-grade students. The complainant feared the movie might teach the children that “white people hate Black people.”
Effects of Racism on Children
While young children may not understand the true scope of racism and its diverse effects on society, a Harvard report asserts that racism can harm children in “fundamental ways.” It hurts their health and chances of living a good and successful life.
According to the Harvard report, racism “truly is a disease” that needs to be addressed due to the adverse effects it can have on children. The report asserts that “racism and its effects can lead to chronic stress for children.”
The report highlights disparities in living conditions for African American, Hispanic, and American Indian children compared to their white counterparts. These children are more likely to reside in households with higher unemployment rates and lower incomes.
Consequently, they face challenges accessing quality housing, nutrition, healthcare, and education. These disparities increase their vulnerability to health issues and limit their opportunities for a comprehensive and high-quality education.
The report also notes that even minority children living in wealthier places are more likely to be treated differently from their white peers.
“They are more likely to be harshly punished for minor infractions, less likely to be identified as needing special education, and teachers may underestimate their abilities,” the report explains.
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