Joe Biden’s Department of Education recently reversed a decision that says that racially segregated “affinity groups” were a form of segregation.
The Department of Education made the determination that racial “affinity groups” split by race were discriminatory because they treated students and staff differently based on their race.
The Biden Administration reversed this ban, according to the New York Post.
Some schools use “affinity groups” segregated by race, with the purpose of giving students race-specific safe spaces. In these spaces, black students would be allowed to discuss their experiences of racism without white people present. White individuals would be provided their own space to be scolded about their “white privilege.”
The original decision to classify these groups as segregation came after a complaint from a whistleblower from the Evanston-Skokie School District in Illinois. The district was requiring “racial equity” training programs and lesson plans based around these groups.
According to documents obtained by the Post, administrators were separated into two groups based on race for these “equity training programs.” The district also changed its policies to include “explicit direction” to staff to consider the student’s race when disciplinary action is on the table.
The district also held a “Colorism Privilege Walk” that separated middle school-aged students by race. Students had to step forward or backward based on questions asked. The activity was designed to show students their “white privilege, internalized dominance, and microaggressions,” and showed them how it allowed them to get ahead of other non-white students.
“These materials would have led students to be treated differently based on their race, depriving them of a class free from racial recrimination and hostility,” said Department of Education Office of Civil Rights enforcement officer Carol Ashley. “Such treatment has no place in federally-funded programs or activities, nor is it protected by the First Amendment.”
The whistleblower was quickly notified by Ashley that these practices were unacceptable. On Jan. 22nd, the whistleblower received a call from Ashley saying that the case was being suspended by the Biden administration’s because of its executive order on “equity and gender rights.”