The supposed paper of record debuted a sample of its “Nice White Parents” podcast on Thursday, promoted as a miniseries “about the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.”
Spoiler alert: White parents are the bad guys.
Set to upbeat music, the New York Times teaser tells the story of a group of white New York City parents who lobbied heavily in 1963 for the Board of Education to move a planned new school from the proposed site, close to a housing project, to a new site closer to a white neighborhood so kids of all races could attend school together.
This was less than a decade after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision struck down “separate but equal” and rendered segregation effectively illegal, and “integration” was one of the hottest issues of the day.
However, integrating schools was easier said than done, as the New York school board episode proved: when the school was finally built, close to the white neighborhood as those “nice white parents” suggested, they (according to the podcast, at least) refused – every single one! – to send their own kids there.
Host Chana Joffe-Walt cheerfully ends the segment by posing the question “What is getting in the way of giving each child an equal opportunity, an equal education?” and hinting the answer lies not with the schools themselves, but with Whitey.
There were eye-rolls across social media from BOTH sides of the aisle as people wondered if there was anything the New York Times wouldn’t blame on white people?
When everything is racist, nothing is racist. Congratulations to progressives for rendering the word, and actual acts of racism, utterly meaningless.
— Rae (@MacGhil) July 23, 2020
@nytimes newest outreach for re-education, Nice White Parents podcast.
Instead of advocating for real change, School Choice; they instead choose to blame "white parents."
What's astounding is how many advocate for change, but reject the policy that would achieve it.
— Ashley Brook (@AshleyBrook88) July 23, 2020
Could also analyze the role that powerful teachers union bosses play in stopping all attempts at serious reform or Democrats blocking school choice legislation…
…but sure New York Times blame the "white parents." pic.twitter.com/2Kl9VxNT9o
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) July 23, 2020
Stop race baiting you bigots. Substitute anything else and it reveals your hatred “nice Muslim parents are the problem ” “nice black parents are the problem” “nice Jewish parents are the problem” “nice Asian parents are the problem”. Stop spreading hate it beneath you
— Paul 🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@Paul_Zilio) July 23, 2020
I don’t cape for White people, but the demonization of whites in this country is out of control. There’s a certain group who wants revenge and it’s not Black people.
— LushLife21 (@LushLife243) July 23, 2020
I am beyond sick of the notion that that the success of my black children/people is dependent upon white people having to do something, give something up, etc. We are going to find ourselves back in this same place in another 20 years of this is indeed the case.
— AllMeExceptTheName (@except_all) July 23, 2020