A Texas-based social justice group asked affluent white supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement to not send their children to Ivy League schools so that students of color have a greater chance of getting a spot.
Dallas Justice Now (DJN), which appears to have been set up recently, is asking white supporters of Black Lives Matter to commit to ‘making sacrifices to correct centuries of injustice.’
The group is specifically calling on white people to sign its ‘college pledge’ not to send their children to Ivy League or US News & World Report Top 50 schools ‘and instead leave those spots open for students from Black, LatinX, and other marginalized backgrounds who were denied access to these institutions for hundreds of years.’
According to the racial activist group, championing Democrats and Black Lives Matter does not relegate white privilege.
“We are writing to you because we understand you are white and live within the Highland Park Independent School District and thus benefit from enormous privileges taken at the expense of communities of color,” the racial activist group states. “You live in the whitest and wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas. Whether you know it or not, you earned or inherited your money through oppressing people of color.
“However, it is also our understanding that you are a Democrat and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement which makes you one of our white allies and puts you in a position to help correct these crucial injustices. We need you to step up and back up your words with actions and truly sacrifice to make our segregated city more just.
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— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 25, 2021
White Americans must sacrifice their privilege by committing to keeping their children out of Ivy Leagues schools, allowing only minorities and students from marginalized communities to attend the elite institutions, and persuading their white privileged cohorts to do the same, DJN implores.
“We are asking you to pledge that your children will not apply or attend any IVY League School or US News & World Report Top 50 School. If you do not have children under 18 then we ask you to pledge to hold your white privileged friends, family, and neighbors with children to this standard,” the letter continues. “These schools have afforded white families for generations. Having your children attend these schools takes away spaces from students of color who need the job opportunities, education, and influence that these schools provide.
Rich, white Americans who refuse to comply with the pledge are perpetuating racism, the group argued.
We know that this sounds like a tough commitment to make. But it is truly disheartening to see wealthy folks sanding charitable donations, posting #BlackLivesMatter on social media, or putting up yard signs as if to say that minimal effort is all they are prepared to do in the fight for racial justice,” the pledge states. “The quest for justice requires commitment from our white allies and we thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in making such a commitment.”
Below is the pledge Dallas Justice Now made to doubles down its rebuke of white Americans:
“As a white person with privilege both from my whiteness and my neighborhood I recognize the need to make sacrifices to correct hundreds of years of murder, slavery, discrimination, and lack of educational and economic opportunities perpetrated upon people of color. I understand that access to top schools is a key component in economic and social advancement. Therefore, I commit that my children will not apply to or attend an Ivy League School or US News & World Report Top 50 School so that position at that school is available for people of color to help correct historical wrongs,” the pledge states. “If I do not have children under 18 then I will commit to encouraging my white privileged friends, neighbors, and family members with children to sign the pledge and holding them accountable until they do so.”
Data from the US Census Bureau shows 88 percent of residents in University Park are white, with just 1.5 percent of people being black or African American. In Highland Park, 91 percent are white and less than 1 percent are black or African American.
Both areas are among the richest in the state, with residents enjoying a median household income above $200,000 and Highland Park ranking in the 10 wealthiest communities in America back in 2018.
The average house price stood at $1.3 million in University Park and $1.5 million in Highland Park between 2015 and 2019, with some mansions along the iconic Beverly Drive currently on the market for $10 million.