Authoritarians At The Gate: How One High School Is Ripping Its Community Apart

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Not since the Vietnam War have I seen as much strife and personal hostility within an otherwise friendly community.

Thank the administration of New Trier High School in north suburban Chicago. This story is about the madness on college campuses now being crammed down into a public high school. More importantly, it’s about an angry brawl now growing rapidly.

Oblivious to how identity politics have divided the country, the school is holding an attendance-mandatory All-School Seminar Day with the stated goal of “understanding today’s struggle for racial civil rights.”

That sounds fine, but the problem is that it serves no such goal. The agenda is brazenly and unquestionably one-sided, divisive, political and radically left. Understanding civil rights, as New Trier sees it, doesn’t mean challenging students to sort through competing ideas. It means force-fed dogma.

Results were entirely predictable. Conservative and moderate parents, including me, erupted over what we see as propaganda masquerading as education cloaked in the language of togetherness. We’ve publicly made a simple request: Add balance to the program by including topics and speakers to expose students to a fair range of ideas.

Balance, that’s it. If the school is unwilling to add that balance, then the seminar should be cancelled or, at a minimum, attendance should be made optional. Those feeling that way put up a website linked here and have launched a petition drive linked here.

Reaction to the request for balance was also predictable. Program supporters took to social media saying critics want to censor out discussion about race, don’t care about civil rights, are bad parents for trying to shield their children and, of course, that we’re racist.

Sure we’re racist - as program supporters see things. Systemic, invisible racism is the core theme of the program. As one workshop description puts it, “Most systemic racism is invisible…often to both ‘sides’…until you know it’s there. Once you know it’s there, you can’t stop seeing it.” Our racism is so clear, in other words, that it should be taught as fact and not one of many viewpoints.

Hostility is growing much more intense and personal. Before we get to that, some background:

The School District

New Trier High School is often ranked among the best in the country. It covers very prosperous suburbs north of Chicago and is overwhelmingly white. The township was traditionally conservative and Republican but is now solidly liberal and Democratic, based on the last election cycle and polls I’ve seen.

New Trier High School’s main campus

The Seminar

Let’s look at some samples of the workshops.

  • One of the invited speakers is a rapper named John the Author. Here’s a segment from his work:

Divide and conquer, white supremacy the silent monster
I see you sneaking in the corner trying to have some karma
We ain’t looking to know your honor, No your honor we (?) problem
The resolution is an economic revolution,All in the name of retribution, you ready? Let’s do it,They integrated then infiltrated through immigration
The richest folk in our neighborhood ain’t even our neighbors
They take the dollar back across town, don’t you dare tell me to calm down
(?) mister doghouse,We want it all now, it’s time to push ‘em all out—I’m ready to start now

  •  “A People’s History of Chicago” will look at race “in the tradition of Howard Zinn.” Zinn wrote A People’s History of America, about which black, conservative economist Thomas Sowell wrote,

It speaks volumes about our schools and colleges that far-left radical Howard Zinn’s pretentiously titled book, “A People’s History of the United States,” is widely used across the country. It is one indictment, complaint, and distortion after another. Anyone who relies on this twisted version of American history would have no idea why millions of people from around the world are trying, sometimes desperately, to move to this country. The one virtue of Zinn’s book is that it helps you identify unmistakably which teachers are using their classrooms as propaganda centers.

  • Another segment is “Spent: A simulation to see how long you can survive on minimum wage.” Any bets they won’t be simulating how long you can survive on no wage, which countless economists argue is the result for some from minimum wage laws?

New Trier didn’t let the topic for the seminar, racial civil rights, stop them from throwing in a couple other progressive favorites:

  • In one segment, “SOARS’ creator, Scheherazade, discusses the role arts can play in creating a national movement to end sexual violence.”
  • Another segment on the Equal Rights Amendment will ask, “Why hasn’t it been ratified? Do we even need it anymore? Let’s talk about it!”

It doesn’t help that some presentations are just plain silly:

  • There’s “Disney and Racial Stereotypes: Watch classic Disney animated films and discuss how these films influence childhood development of racial identities.”
  • Another says, “Come to the Northfield Library and read picture books to a group of children (ages 3-5). The picture books will focus on themes of embracing diversity, accepting others and oneself, and social justice.”
  • Then there’s “Racist Memorabilia Through the Ages.”
  • My personal favorite is “Microaggressions: Not So Small.” Maybe it should be subtitled “Tolerance for oxymorons!”

The rest of agenda for the day is posted on links here and here. You’ll find only four or five out of the hundred or so that would seem to present even a moderate perspective. Read the whole agenda and you’ll see that this summary written by its critics is valid:

  • The Seminar claims: “Identity” is defined by race. Period. It is fixed and determinative. (The term  “racial,” “racist,” “bias,” and “systemic racism” suffuse the panel descriptions, together appearing over 80 times. Meanwhile, in a Seminar Day devoted to, “Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights,”  a working definition of the term “civil rights” is not offered.)
  • The Seminar claims: People of the same race think and feel the same way about most or all things.
  • The Seminar claims:  Disparities between races are de facto evidence of “systemic racism.” Not, for instance, government policies that confine poor children to failing inner city schools, devastate black families, and encourage crime and dependence.
  • The Seminar claims: “Systemic racism” should be the root of all discussions.

The “Tolerant” Strike Back at the “Haters”

Things really hit the fan when program critics put up their own site that allows incoming comments.  Here are a few of the emails received. Senders included their names with their emails, unafraid to say these things to their neighbors, though I’ve deleted names here:

  • “Go fuck yourselves. Honestly, what you are trying to do is pathetic. ‘Diversity programs don’t work’? What’s your alternative, segregation?” That’s from a New Trier grad who says she didn’t understand race until she went to college at [a private, elite liberal arts school whose name I’ll withhold]:
  • From a New Trier Parent: “The district would not need to spend money on this day if the majority of parents, like yourselves, were not racial assholes.”
  • From a New Trier student: “Get your fucking KKK looking asses back to your house and shut up.”

I guess comments like that are quite reasonable if you accept the central teaching of the seminar, which is that we’re all racists. Plenty more like that from hatred’s enemies can be found on this link. I certainly would not be surprised if equally nasty things are being sent by some critics of the seminar to its defenders, but that’s really the point: Is this seminar promoting understanding and rational discussion?

The School’s Response

New Trier’s administration has been mostly silent, except for release recently of this FAQ and and some short comments to the press.

First, the school’s Superintendent defends the program by saying, “I have had well over 300 phone calls, emails, and letters of support saying ‘Don’t change it, it looks fabulous,'” she said. “The direct communication we’ve had has been far more in support than in opposition. In fact, I’ve never seen this kind of outpouring of support on an issue in my life as an educator.”

We pay her $419,000 and God-knows-what pension to set educational content by counting popularity beans?  Would she exclude the liberal voices (which are properly included) if she were in some school district in the South where those views might be overwhelmingly unpopular? She offers no reason for refusing to add other perspectives.

And her method of counting is faulty because of another horrible problem, as to which she’s seemingly blind: Critics of the program are stifled by fear of the controversy and retribution, so she’s not hearing from them. We’ve heard from any number of program critics who won’t dare say or do anything. One active member of our opposition, who has a business in the community, asked us to be extremely careful not to mention either her name or business, fearing the consequences. Some even fear retribution by very progressive teachers against their kids.

New Trier’s Superintendent also didn’t mention that, for a similar program last year, about 40% of New Trier kids did not attend.

Those kids may be smarter than the adults on this. While some are vocally on one side or another, plenty see through it. I asked one how he thinks his fellow students view the program. He thought just under half shrug it off as “more SJW [social justice warrior] nonsense.” He added that he thought many of the liberals who like the program think it’s unbalanced.

In the FAQ, the school emphasizes that the program is not political. Oh, please. It’s straight out of the playbook used by countless Democrats in the last election cycle. It’s about as “not political” as the poster on the right, which went up in the school on Inauguration Day. You decide if that, and the seminar, are political.


Politicking in schools has legal limits. New Trier also has a written policy requiring that discussion of controversial topics “present a balanced view.” I don’t know whether New Trier crossed the legal line, but a separate group is researching that now and will file a lawsuit if they conclude it has.


Operating costs per day when school is in session is slightly over $533,000, according to responses in a FOIA request from New Trier. The school’s FAQ adds that the seminar has an additional budget of $30,000.

At a recent New Trier school board meeting, in defending the program, an Assistant Superintendent of Student Services said the preparation was a “huge effort” and “exhausting.”

*  *  *

It would be easy to rattle off a list of topics that would make New Trier’s seminar day more balanced and genuinely educational. Moderates and conservatives might not agree on that list, but this controversy could easily have been avoided with even a lazy attempt. I’ll suggest just one topic that would have helped, the virtue of which should now be evident to all:

How identity politics have ripped America apart and undermined the quest for racial harmony.

UPDATED 2/6/17 to increase the compensation paid to the New Trier Superintendant from $315,000 to $419,000. For further information on compensation and political nature of the rest of the school’s administration, see this article.

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.

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NidStyles's picture

Wanting my country back from the thieves that stole it, is not hate.

ACP's picture

People  need to stop defending and go on the offensive.

The left has a monopoly on bigotry, they need to be put in their place.

J S Bach's picture

America is finally coming into its inevitable Balkanization stage.  Nature and history dictate that diverse races and cultures do not find a stasus when forced to dwell amongst each other.  Rather, the natural impulse is to separate into their respective groups (nations).  Combine this unnatural state of affairs with the insane dogmas of political correctness and the pot will not only boil over, but erupt violently like a volcano.  Prepare yourselves for the worst.

BLOTTO's picture

In the Balkans it was the Orthodox Christians that got smacked and punished the most.
And I thought writing poems would slay the Beast?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BLOTTO Feb 7, 2017 11:22 PM

Truth is they all want to be white and they are pissed.

Worst are mixed race kids, wow go read about what they say online.

Plus the really crazy SJW's are mixed race, you see it live.

Hate their parents for doing that to them, feel they don't belong to any race.

Talk about killing themselves.

Don't do it, we were told as kids never to do that because the child suffers.

They were right.

cheka's picture

whites need to leave that pos for private skoolz.  watch the test scores plummet and the admin lose their bonuses

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) InjectTheVenom Feb 7, 2017 11:36 PM

Sooner or later Donald will have to confront his Goliath: SOROS.

the sneaky jew has his fingers in all the immigration ONGs and lawsuits agains the #muslimban

George Soros Fingerprints all Over the Lawsuits Against Donald Trump


Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

Thought policing is still not quite as easy as one might hope, best to stick to good ol' fashioned indoctrination and brainwashing when ther hyperemotional fantasies you want to rule the world with won't pass a reality test.

Wow, do we have a country full of people that are not going to like the forthcoming wakeup call!

On a side note; get out of the cities, for God's sake get out! Especially, progressive bastions like Chicago, San Fran, Seattle, NYC, LA, et al. These same clueless sycophants will become a mass of violence when things go sideways. Not if but when.

cheeseheader's picture

I know many, many alumni from New Trier (including my ex).  School used to have the honor decades ago of having the highest suicide rates amongst HS's in the nation.  Naming New Trier on your application used to be a shoo-in for most eastern campuses.


One of the reasons I moved away from the North Shore...and back into reality.

IntTheLight's picture

NYT magazine, years ago, devoted itself to children of mixed race parents. All chose to identify with nonwhite side. NYT of course applauded these mixed up angry children. And parents were not even divorced.

If you are white and have nonwhite kids, you need to accept that the kids will be torn from you by schools that teach them to resent white people. That's the reality.

BarkingCat's picture

I met a young woman once. Her fathef was white and  mother black. 

She hated her father.  From the conversations we had I believe that she blamed him for her being half black but there was more to it. She identified with the white culture but...... fucked up way to grow up.

Delphi_Addiction's picture

These people, and their disciples, will enjoy a half life of about 15 minutes when this thing pops off.

Conversely, the more the left wallows in spite, bitterness and victim entitlement, the more secure my employment and overall success in life becomes.

It's when they walk outside, take accountability and start competing that I'll start to worry.

But I'm not holding my breath. 

BLOTTO's picture

Im further down the rabbit hole...
Imo, this is by design by an esoteric group hell bent on controlling and enslaving us since day 1.
One needs to use their pineal gland to understand

IndyPat's picture

If you mean the Greys and the Reptoids, don't sweat it. The Nordic Palladians got our backs.

If you mean that (((other))) group, they ain't really esoteric and no third eye is required. You just need to open your plain old, everyday eyes and read a broader history of (((their))) hijinx.

BLOTTO's picture

IP, independent thinking is a dying art.
Maybe the Fallen ones are the Greys...

IndyPat's picture

It is indeed and some people think they are.
I'm not sure but keep the tinfoil on tight just for good measure.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

The problem is that there are so many of them, when it does they will be like the frogs in Egypt. Everywhere.

theeseer's picture

You are correct but if you want the real answer to balkinization read the Bell Curve and see that the split is along IQ lines which are 90% inherited. So certain groups always prosper and in a technological world others with low IQ suffer. Take a map of the world separate it into tribes and even neighborhoods and you'll see why Germany and Japan rose from the ashes in WW2 and Israel with 7 million people under siege for 70 years prospers. IQ tests were removed from schools in the USA because certain "groups" were scoring over 20% lower on average. It's no accident the New Trier is loaded with Asians and Jews and that they will do very well. You can throw all the money you want at the low IQ groups and the results are only marginally better at best.


Omen IV's picture
most people receiving an education - Do Not Need an Education - they are NOT educable under any system. There is no IQ above 80. Their existence is a product of fun - nothing else - no one would breed them by design in a system based upon need or merit. They have no useful purpose post occupying space in a system.  A new use needs to be developed for these people. Public education has evolved into merely a baby sitting service to include those up to 17 years old for more than 60% of the population and a retirement system for the baby sitters. No more no less.    The product delivered yields in NYC - which spends a fortune -  a math comprehension of less than 4% of the population in most schools. The entire process is a waste of time for the raw material input into the system.

If people want children they should be charged an additional fee on their property taxes or a first lien if they don't pay. If they don't have a house they need to pay tuition current with the semester or deal with their life decisions some other way that has nothing to do with the other taxpayer(s).

Sex is fun - fun yields recreation and / or procreation - Procreation is an adult decision which has consequences But has nothing to do with those NOT participating in the The non particpants should not have to pay! Hyper Breeding has no favorable outcome for society unless there is suitable sustaining systems for those breeding.The system has reached peak capacity for sustainability. There are 95 million people out of work. Matching IQ and work ethic with needed skill sets can yield results in a successful peer based system. Dramatic change is ahead.
FreedomGuy's picture

I will say that America has done amazingly well which is not to say without incident or rough patches. Different peoples, tribes, religions, etc. generally go to war, civil or otherwise until force resolves the issue.

However, the Left sees the natural fault lines along which it can exploit these differences for political gain and cultural suicide. It is emotionally appealing to be a victim and also a demagogue. The Left becomes exactly what it claims to revile.

IndyPat's picture

Lulz at "heap big strong"

Good stuff. Bookmarked you.

LongMarch's picture

The Day of The Rope(DOTR) is a phrase gaining rapid currency. School admins like this are the reason why.

I Am Me's picture

I'll make sure to bring my "invisble knapsack" and the iron rod I carry it around on with me. Should come in handy.

Mango327's picture

MAYBE THE RACISTS ARE RIGHT - #BalancedPerspective

HowardBeale's picture

I grew up in a well integrated environment--multi-racial--in the 60s and 70s. My crew consisted of 3 whites, 2 "Mexicans," and one "African American." We didn't really give it a thought.  I'm one of the whites. I rented my first apartment at the age of 16, and my roomate was one of the "Mexicans." My girlfriend was "Mexican" at the time. I have lived in three central and south American countries--with families--while studying Spanish; I have live in South Korea for four years, Japan for one. I dated a Vietnamese woman for six years. I had an "African American" girlfriend for three years.

I am a teacher. Since the election of Trump I am now a "racist" and "Islamophobe"--according to the reaction from my inner-city, 99% non-white students. 

The hysterical idiocracy of the left has rendered the country a time bomb. WE ARE FUCKED. THERE IS NO WAY OUT OF THIS. PERIOD. 

The left has recklessly appealed to our youth, who are ultimately impressionable and tend to melodrama, leaving us no possible, non-violent exit. 

I was a Democrat. I am now a staunch Republican.

And yes, we should worry about the Muslims:

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) NidStyles Feb 7, 2017 11:06 PM

(((New Trier HS)))- it's been like that for as long time- not sure where this "Republican conservative" stuff comes from- always been uber-lefty 

koan's picture

Which country is that? This country is in a constant state of change just as all countries are.
You fail to grasp that things can not stay the same they change, it's what makes life great.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) koan Feb 7, 2017 11:43 PM

You fail to grasp that change for its own sake is usually bad.

You fail to grasp how unique the USA is in human history.

You fail to grasp that liberty can not be maintained if the changes you celebrate are allowed.

You fail to grasp the coming blood bath if people like you are not stopped from enacting change.

koan's picture

Blah blah blah, you preach big on the Internet.
Your "country" isn't what you think it is, and you should be taking the view of a long lived group of people that have been through endless strife.
Crisis are opportunity, never cling to an ideology, that shit dries up and blows away over night.

IntTheLight's picture

Look at old pictures of whites in America and Europe. Thin and well dressed. Then look at today's youth. Fat sloths. And aging baby boomers in worn out jeans and tshirts bad for the eyesight. Not all change is good. See people of Walmart (preferably on an empty stomache).

koan's picture

You know whose fault that is? The parents, and then the children themselves because they can't think their way out of a paper bag.
You deserve what you get is a universal truth in most cases.

IndyPat's picture

Bolshevism isn't some future concept. It's utter devolution.
It's a throw back and a extremely deadly one. Every time and this time is no different.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

The USA and most "western" countries were +90% white for hundreds of years until the past forty or so years.

If these people like non whites so much they should move to a non white country. They can pick a nice one, sure that excludes the majority of them as most areas ruled by non whites are objectively terrible but they are not all so bad. Kenya is nice this time of year, try that. You probably won't be raped or murdered, if you stay in your guard gated private compound surrounded by a private armed security force and even IF you are raped there is a solid 50% chance they don't have AIDS so that's cool.

Excerpt from the dept of state website.

"Criminals will not hesitate to shoot a victim who is uncooperative or who may appear to hesitate before complying with their assailant. Victims of carjacking are sometimes tied up and put in the back seat or trunk of their own car. However, most victims, if they are completely cooperative, are robbed of their possessions and released unharmed. "

See, most victims who quickly comply are not even murdered, sounds like a lovely place. So when do you leave?

IndyPat's picture

Was that State Dept. Memo about Kenya or South Bend?

koan's picture

How is that any different from Chicago? And what's your point?

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) NidStyles Feb 7, 2017 11:32 PM

Niggers, Kikes, and Spics have had a negative net benefit to the United States.

Argue all the qualitative effects you like. The numbers do not lie.

samsara's picture

Let something like an economical collapse, supply chain collapse, countries not honoring certificates of deposit for over seas shipments, or an major earthquake hits LA and we lose California, sovereign default(US, Italy, ??) etc

I bet when When things climb back down Maslow hierarchy of needs, things would change quick. I bet also that the Deplorables would fare better than most.

DosZap's picture

I have your invisible racism pointed right at you and your ilk you socialist Commie bstds.
Maybe time for the Right to answer the call for setting some facts straight, by Whatever means.
Wanna tear down/ burn property, beat helpless people with at least a 10-1 ratio?, WE can fix that real quick.
Call us racists (as you accuse us of what You are!) while we disassemble your faces.

shivura's picture

yeah, it's not like the other stuff your idiot kids learn in school means anything why don't you just go the fucking back of the bus where fear-mongering white supremacists like you belong...take your idiot kids too

Nukerella's picture

Sure, let's replace it with the cogent analysis that stupid SJW cunts like you provide. Because racists, that's why. Moron.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) shivura Feb 7, 2017 11:10 PM

Oy vey- another tolerant North Shore resident, I'm guessing.

IntTheLight's picture

What's amusing is New Trier majority Jewish and Chinese. Who is starting this? Section 8 residents? Weird story. There really aren't many whites there.

IndyPat's picture

Then the Bolshevism should settle in nicely with those demographics.

Kinda like a history lesson.

Billy the Poet's picture

...says the guy who kidnaps and tortures retarded kids.

Got The Wrong No's picture

This Puke is a third string Soros Stooge moron. Everything he posts is Radical Left. Tell your handler to send in the first string morons, This isn't Aol or Yahoo

balolalo's picture


too many whites (not all) can not even recognize or operate in a universe where they have to acknowledge their ancestors and their role in genocide, slavery, economic segregration, institutional racism, child murder, rape, sex trafficking, police brutality, imprisonment, lynchings, etc... 

racism = prejudice with power   (not simply prejudice)

power = being able to negatively influence, control, or injur someone else in some way


there are still too many whites that resist any look in the mirror because they are afraid of the MONSTER they know was/is inside. 

they need/require priveldge and they see any attemp to diminsh their priveledge as an attack and not justice. 

all too often they are ones who scream about the FREE SHIT ARMY, but do not see the free shit they get for being the descendants of genocidal manics who built entire cities, countries, societies on the backs of slaves, genocide, war, and theft.   

brush it under the rug, never real healing, never real reconciliation

more importantly, nor do they want to see that they are still standing on the SKULLS of the descendants of their victims.  

and anyone trying to even acknowledge any of this truth is attacked.   they have terms for this liberal/traitor/communist/social justice warrior/whatever.   

but never historian?

AndSoItBegins's picture

Are you just pissed because the african natives, who murdered neighboring tribes and raped their women, sold their brothers and sisters into slavery onto ships bound for the north American continent and Caribbean islands, had to wait until hundreds of thousands of white Americans fought and died to free them?  Why is most of the African continent still living in poverty and barely progressed from their state in the last thousands of Years? Because white privilege exists in tribal Africa? You're blaming the wrong people. YOU look in the mirror and ask yourself why you have not taken advantage of everything offered to people in this country as have other disadvantaged groups coming onto these shores all of whom have been met with and overcame racism and exclusion? The Irish, Italians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Phillipinos, South Americans, Europeans, etc.