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If there is no 'war on whites,' what is the 'White Privilege Conference' about?

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National Journal's Ron Fournier likely never dreamed he would ever find himself being mentioned in the same sentences with the phrase "war on whites" and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

But then the former AP political reporting pooh-bah said this on Fox News: "This party, your party, cannot be the party of the future beyond November if you’re seen as the party of white people."

That elicited this response from Brooks, speaking on NewsMax TV: "This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else."

Meet the "White Privilege Conference"

Whatever else it generates, the flap over Brooks' comment should at least focus new attention on the annual celebration of liberal racism known as the "White Privilege Conference." Organizers claim more than 1,500 people attend this noxious conference every year.

The April 2014 event in Madison, Wis., was the 15th consecutive year of an event explicitly dedicated to training college and public school teachers to indoctrinate students with an intellectually toxic combination of critical theory, bogus history and ideological absurdity.

Officially, the "WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world," according to its website.

But only whites are racists

WPC organizers also insist on their website that their event is "not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks."

That message clearly didn't get communicated to Kim Radersma, a former high school English teacher who led a breakout session in Madison.

According to the MacIver Institute, Radersma's presentation included these gems:

* "My racial identity, as a white person who believes that I am somehow better or more deserving, is the problem. The white supremacy, the structure is the problem ...

* "It's that savior mentality, like 'save them, because they are not like us,' and that normalization of whiteness. Whiteness is best and those poor others aren't as good as us ...

* "I have to every day wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way."

America invented racism

Other speakers at the conference said, according to a video provided by Progressives Today, colonial Americans invented racism.

"Racism is central to America. It's central to how the country was developed. It is central to how it operates right now," claimed Professor Adrien Wing of the University of Iowa. She also described President Obama as "the face of global white privilege."

Similarly, Professor Jacqueline Battalora of Saint Xavier University told attendees that "white supremacy has been embedded in America from its founding."

Big foundation funding

White Privilege advocates have been at it for 15 years, thanks in great part to liberal funding from some of America's best-known philanthropies.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, for example, gave six separate grants in 2011 and 2012 worth a total of $1,055,063.

The Kellogg grants were designed to, among other things, "raise awareness on issues of race and enhance understanding and action on white privilege and structural racism by developing school curriculums and teacher training, expanding faith-based outreach, and connecting with initiatives."

See the attached spreadsheet for a complete list of "White Privilege" grants compiled by Foundation Search.

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