Yet another elite private school in NYC has hopped aboard the awakened train – this time in an email to families supporting Derek Chauvin’s conviction in George Floyd’s murder.
The Spence School, a $ 54,000-a-year private girls’ school in Manhattan, sent a letter Wednesday and also posted it on the school’s website commenting on the guilty verdict.
The school, which boasts notable alumni including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kerry Washington, called the conviction a “ melting pot moment for our nation and for our ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality. ”
However, the jury’s verdict, a major step toward accountability and healing, does not matter the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder, and there is important work that requires our collective voice and courage, ” reads the letter.
An alum who asked not to be named by name received the letter and was shocked to tell DailyMail.com that she was shocked at “how they forced students to participate” in the process.
“Where’s the protection of innocence?” she said.
The Spence School, a $ 54,000-a-year girls’ school in Manhattan, sent an email to families on Wednesday urging support for Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict
Derek Chauvin is portrayed in court on Tuesday when the jury found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
The email came from the school principal, Bodie Brizendine, who addressed the letter to the Spence Community.
The email came from the school principal, Bodie Brizendine, who addressed the letter to the ‘Spence community’
Our mission and our struggle remain the same: to shape a world that rejects injustice and hatred and offers dignity and humanity to all individuals and communities. Our report from the Task Force Anti-Racism – deeply rooted in our mission that has never deviated from the principles of inclusivity, belonging and justice – is our important way forward for our school and our community, ” the letter reads.
More immediately, and in the wake of this process, we turn our attention to our students looking up to us to help them understand this moment. Our department advisors are ready to support our students with developmentally appropriate care and guidance.
The bottom line is that these kinds of crimes shouldn’t happen. Point. And as our community advances, we will also remember the loss of life – men, women, and children – who have fallen prey to senseless cruelty. ‘
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter on the death of George Floyd.
The alum told DailyMail.com, “I went to Spence School and wrote a letter about their involvement in the Chauvin trial. I was shocked that they subjected children to such horror.
“If the students were to follow the Chauvin process so closely, I can’t imagine the trauma,” she added. ‘I am an American citizen. I am witnessing an attempt to destroy our nation. And I speak out!
“ A mistrial is in order when the whole nation is told that if the verdict is inconsistent with ” wokeness, ” then look for violence, murder, arson and looting, ” she said.
She also spoke about the recent controversy at Brearley School after a father wrote a letter to parents saying he was withdrawing his daughter from the school because of the ‘obsession’ with anti-racism.
A-list actresses Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the Spence School’s notable alumni
Actress Emmy Rossum and former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina are among Spence School’s notable alumni
In his letter, Andrew Gutmann mapped out what he called Brearley’s “critical racing theory,” which he says “advocates that blacks should be seen as helpless victims forever.”
Among the examples he gave were the school’s “sophomore” and “simplistic” anti-training sessions for parents, and the fact that materials taught for years are now suddenly considered insulting in the face of the BLM movement.
He did not say which books had been drawn, but said it applied to his daughter’s fourth grade class.
Gutmann was angry that girls are taught to hate their own country and that white students are judged by their skin color.
He also denied there was systemic racism in the US, saying there hadn’t been more since the 1960s.
Systemic racism, well understood, consists of segregated schools and separate lunch tables. It is the internment of the Japanese and the extermination of Jews. Unequivocally, systemic racism is not a small number of isolated incidents over a period of decades, ”he said.
‘What the school is saying, what all these schools are saying is that if you disagree with us, we don’t want any dialogue, even don’t want your child in our school,’ Gutmann told DailyMail.com during an exclusive interview with him home.
They shoved it down our throats. To be honest, I don’t mind if people disagree with everything I’ve written. But there must be a dialogue. That’s my point. ‘
Andrew Gutmann, 45, wrote a letter blowing up the $ 54,000-a-year Brearley School because of his awakened anti-racism “obsession.” Gutmann told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that he never intended his damning letter to go viral, but now he welcomes the controversy it caused
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson and wife Jenny (photo in 2017) accused Manhattan’s elite all-girls Spence School of ‘anti-white indoctrination’ four years ago
This isn’t the first time the Spence School has been called to wake up.
Last year, billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson threatened to stop donating to Spence School because of “ anti-white indoctrination ” in the curriculum taught to his two daughters.
Paulson, who became a celebrity in the banking industry after raising billions from his bet against the U.S. housing market prior to the 2008 financial crisis and serving as economic adviser to President Donald Trump, made the claims in a letter to the school in 2017 that was excavated last summer.
It was then that both Paulson’s daughters, Giselle and Danielle, attended the school.
In the letter, signed by Paulson and his wife Jenny, the couple described several examples of reading material their daughters received that they claim contains malicious images of whites.
They argued that the curriculum is “designed” to promote anti-white ideologies by teaching students, less than a quarter of whom are minorities, that whites are successful because of their race.
“ In recent years, we have reached out several times to discuss a troubling trend in an area of the curriculum that we believe is negatively impacting our daughters’ education, ” the Paulsons wrote in the letter.
“As we noted earlier, there appears to be an anti-white indoctrination permeating many parts of the Spence curriculum.”
Complete letter from Spence School to families
Dear Spence Community,
Yesterday’s guilty verdict in the groundbreaking trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is a pivotal moment for our nation and our ongoing fight for racial justice and equality. However, the jury’s verdict, a major step toward accountability and healing, doesn’t matter the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder, and there is important work that requires our collective voice and courage.
Our mission and our struggle remain the same: to shape a world that rejects injustice and hatred and offers dignity and humanity to all individuals and communities. Our Anti-Racism Task Force report – deeply rooted in our mission that has never deviated from the principles of inclusivity, belonging and justice – is our important path forward for our school and our community.
More immediately, and in the wake of this ordeal, we turn our attention to our students looking to us to help them understand this moment. Our department advisors are ready to support our students with developmentally appropriate care and guidance. We make room for students to find space to talk and navigate, not only their own feelings, but also the feelings of peers with respect, care and compassion. And we will continue to find time to meet, talk, and deepen our students’ understanding of this moment in our history. Below I share a list of resources our counselors have created to support your conversations at home.
Even when we find relief in Chauvin’s judgment, we recognize that we still have these kinds of conversations in our community. We still write letters like this. The bottom line is that these kinds of crimes shouldn’t happen. Point. And as our community advances, we will also remember the loss of life – men, women, and children – who have fallen prey to senseless cruelty.