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Nice White Parents is currently the #1 podcast on Apple, and this excerpt is a perfect encapsulation of its entire ethos
The closest the series gets to self-awareness is when a nonwhite mom is interviewed and seems confused or gently disinterested in diversity rather than the specific issues re: resources, class size, teacher quality, etc. that affect her kids' district. This happens several times
The whole thing is full of these really bizarre double or triple binds that are hard to untangle. White parents only *say* they're interested in diversity, they don't really care; and if they did, would it not be a sort of fetishism?
A really central bind is around degree of involvement: simultaneously, white parents are admonished for abandoning non-charter public schools... and, when they *do* decide to send their kids there, for being over-involved in both planning and fundraising
What made this really frustrating listening for me is that many of the issues and concerns aren't frivolous, but they seem to point toward deeper community divisions and the friction between starkly divergent walks of life that *should* have been explored with less of an agenda
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