Andrew Gutmann, a father who rose to internet fame when he penned a letter about why he was taking his daughter out of The Brearley School in New York City after the school’s embrace of race-based teaching, revealed new details about the school’s environment in a video interview with Fox News.
“You just see the writing on the wall,” he said in the footage released by the outlet. “We already do a horrific job in this country teaching history, and now we’re going to make that ten times worse, we’re going to eradicate that.”
“Our country doesn’t survive … not teaching history and civics, and it sure as hell doesn’t survive bringing up our children to hate our own country and our history. We don’t survive that,” he added.
The school “made it seem like they’re going to integrate this racial curriculum, this anti-racism curriculum, into everything — every class, into math, into gym, P.E. I mean … was sort of shocking that they were taking this to that degree of integrating it into everything,” Gutmann said, describing the issue as “pervasive.”
He stated it was more than just a curriculum at the school. “They advocated for Black Lives Matter and they want families to advocate for Black Lives Matter,” he said, adding: “This is the anti-racism principle, right, where they say ‘Okay, if you’re not anti-racist, you’re racist.’ It’s more even than that. It’s that ‘if you just stay silent, you’re racist.’ You have to be an activist for that. If you are not an activist for this anti-racism initiative, for Black Lives Matter, for example, you are racist, you are a bad person, you are an oppressor, you are not doing the right thing.”
Gutmann sent a letter to parents of the school that was originally published in journalist Bari Weiss’ “Common Sense” Substack letter, The Daily Wire reported. He explained his reasoning for pulling his child from the school.
Excerpts from the letter can be found below:
In short, we no longer believe that Brearley’s administration and Board of Trustees have any of our children’s best interests at heart. Moreover, we no longer have confidence that our daughter will receive the quality of education necessary to further her development into a critically thinking, responsible, enlightened, and civic minded adult. I write to you, as a fellow parent, to share our reasons for leaving the Brearley community but also to urge you to act before the damage to the school, to its community, and to your own child’s education is irreparable.
It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley’s antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed.
I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs…
I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country. … I object to the idea that Blacks are unable to succeed in this country without aid from government or from whites. … I object to mandatory anti-racism training for parents, especially when presented by the rent-seeking charlatans of Pollyanna. … I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as ‘equity,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness.’”
Gutmann added, “I object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti family, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests.”