White Mother Who Says Virginia Middle School’s ‘Anti-Racist’ Program Has Changed Her 13-Year-Old Biracial Son as She Files Lawsuit Against School Board

Melissa Riley and her son are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Virginia’s Albemarle School District school by the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom over its anti-racism polices. (Alliance Defending Freedom)

When Melissa Riley looks at her 13-year-old son, she sees a talented artist, a funny kid who likes playing pranks, and a gamer who spends a lot of time playing Fortnite with friends.

She sees a young man who’s excited about playing football, and maybe taking some architecture and engineering courses when he starts high school next fall.

But that’s not what the teachers and leaders of her son’s Virginia middle school see, she said. When they look at her son, she believes they see one thing first and foremost: a black kid.

Growing up in the Charlottesville area, Riley said her son never really saw himself as different from the other kids in school. Sure, his skin tone was a little darker — his dad is black and Riley is white and Native American — but Riley never thought it was appropriate to box him in with stifling racial classifications.

“He looks Hawaiian,” she said of her son. “He’s beautiful.”

But she said her son’s views on race and his conception of his own complex identity have been tossed in a blender and mixed up ever since the Albemarle School District adopted an “anti-racism” policy, with an explicit goal of eliminating “all forms of racism” from the local schools.

Riley said that a new anti-racist curriculum launched at Henley Middle School last spring is itself racist, because it indoctrinates students and teachers in a racial essentialist worldview that emphasizes racial conflict and treats students differently based on their skin color.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Ryan Mills

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