Sadly this kind of attitude is endemic within our schools and universitiesAnd here’s my response:
Dear Mrs xxxxxx,
I write in reply to your email and am disgusted at your virtue signalling within it.
How dare you tell me that I should be ashamed for the colour of my skin, how dare you imply that because I am white I am a casual racist.
I was born to hard working parents who taught me the values of hard work and accepting people for who they are and how they conducted themselves, not the colour of their skin, their gender, their nationality, religion or sexual persuasion. I carried this ethic into the British Army for which I served twenty seven years, during which I was very seriously injured and saw many friends die. None of this is privileged, it’s hard won and your comments diminish not only my life, but many others, this also affects my children, one of whom you are supposed to educate and help grow into a decent human being. I feel your email fails greatly in this respect, you should be beyond bandwagon jumping to help young people see through the fog.
You also mislead in you email. George Floyd was not a peaceful person, in 2009 he was convicted of assault and armed robbery after a home invasion where he jabbed a firearm into a pregnant woman’s stomach, who was also struck in the head and sides by Floyd. Before this he was convicted of a number of charges of armed robbery and drug possession. He was known as a violent offender to the police and on the day of his death had been reported for an offence that the police had to attend. I’m not an expert on police procedure, but I suspect dealing with a violent, gun possessing criminal takes a degree of control of the situation and whilst I don’t condone his death, there is more to this than him being the martyr you and others have made him out to be. It’s not that black lives matter, ALL lives matter and if the Police were wrong in his death, that’s a matter for justice, it doesn’t make make all white people privileged or racist.
It’s quite possible you need to get out and see a little of the world rather than passing judgement from your high alter.
I feel you have erred greatly and I now have concerns for my son’s education within your class and if your current conduct will allow him to approach the subject matter effectively with a balanced and fair view.
I have copied a number of people in to this email as I wish it to be registered as a complaint of your conduct and feel it should be investigated.
Could someone contact me to discuss this further.