Rhode Island School Hosts Event That ‘Excludes’ White Students

A private school in Rhode Island put together a guest speaker event that expressly excluded white students. The invitation to the event was only for persons who “identify as a student of color or multiracial.”

Last week, the Wheeler School sent an email to middle school students that invited some of them to a “Students of Color Affinity Group” event featuring actress Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990-1996.

Leftists and radical progressives widely use the term “affinity group” to promote critical race theory and segregated events. The term typically involves using “identity characteristics” in determining what people can be excluded from events.

Some parents of Wheeler School students reported the segregationist invitation to Parents Defending Education (PDE), advising that middle school level white students were not allowed to attend.

For her part, Parsons responded on Twitter to those who objected to the exclusion of white students, although she did not deny the event would only be for certain races of students. She appeared to justify the segregation at one event by saying all students would have had the opportunity to meet her in other presentations she was scheduled to make.

It is not hard to imagine how Parsons’ excuse would have been received if the session in question instead excluded all students of color.

The Wheeler School also hosts an “Antiracism Working Group for White Parents and Guardians.” That program includes a wide array of radical race theory materials, including discussions of “Whiteness” for young students and a promotion of “Woke Kindergarten.”

The school included material on its website that describes its “microaggression reporting process.” The reporting system encourages students to bring “microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations” to the school’s attention. A “microinvalidation” is described in the school’s site as “negating or ignoring” a person of color’s “psychological thoughts, feelings or experiential reality.”

PDE President Nicole Neily told Breitbart News that it is “truly astonishing in 2022” that schools still exclude students solely because of their skin color. She said that the practice is immoral and that people involved with or considering the Wheeler School should know about it. She encouraged anyone looking for a private school to redirect “applications, tuition, and donations” to other institutions.