An art teacher at TOPS at Seward School in Seattle, Washington, told her eighth-grade students that the concept of peace is “racist.” She also said that President Donald Trump is divisive, adding that some of her own art projects are “racist” and derived from “white privilege.” The teacher said that art history comes from a “European, euro-centric ‘white supremacist’ point of view.” A student recorded her rambling monologue during the class Zoom session.

Assignments ‘might be kind of racist’

After tasking her students with creating a pen and ink drawing that incorporates the theme of peace, art teacher Suzanne Wakefield began talking about how she believes President Trump is standing in the way of world peace. Wakefield then began ranting about how she believes peace cannot exist if inequality and injustice exist at the same time. She eventually arrived at the conclusion that peace in itself may be a racist concept. “I might have been coming from a racist perspective with that whole theme,” said Wakefield of her own assignment.

“I believe that peace can only happen when we have equality and justice,” she said. “We don’t have that. There’s groups of people that peace is like completely out of their realm. How can you have peace when we’re having like, just for an example, equal rights, human civil rights battles, because a lot of groups are not treated equally and that’s really coming across.”

“My perspective is coming from a white privilege. I’m a white person and I’ve been conditioned and I’m trying to un-condition myself,” Wakefield continued. “But I just wanted you guys to know that if you believe in peace, it could mean lots of different things.”

“But I also believe that peace is really not possible without equality and justice and that’s why you can have a peaceful protest and try to protest what’s going on in the world,” the teacher added. “But how can you feel peace when you’re a group from a minority or something that’s been oppressed and does not have the same privileges as white people do, you know?”

Wakefield then went on to tell her students that she may sometimes give them assignments “that might be kind of racist.” “I don’t really believe that peace is possible, unless we have equal justice first, and that’s a fight that’s been going on for a long time,” said Wakefield. “So I just wanted you guys to know that I might give you guys things sometimes that might be kind of racist, and I’m admitting it, and I want to talk about it sometimes because it infiltrates every part of our life, okay?” “And, you guys — there are people that do not have white privilege in our world, ya know?” she added.

Peace equals racism?

Wakefield, who delivered this monologue without any of her students interrupting or asking questions, continued her tangent by then suggesting that the idea of “peace” is “racist.”

“I came from a place that had privileges that other people don’t have, you know?” she said. “So I recognize that that might have been sort of a racist idea, if you look at it, like, ‘Oh, peace is this cool thing that everybody can have, it’s beautiful, it’s lovely.’”

The art teacher then told her students that she has been trying not to teach them all about the art history that she herself has learned, as she believes it comes from a “European, euro-centric ‘white supremacist’ point of view.” “I mean, it is kind of a vision but it also might be different depending on your perspective so, yeah, I just wanted to kind of clear that up,” she said. “The other thing was, I’m trying not to show you guys the art history that I learned, which is really coming from a European, euro-centric ‘white supremacist’ point of view.”

“Our country is divided, our leader is pushing that, he’s not an advocate for peace, our leader, or unity like Obama was,” Wakefield added, referring to President Trump. “Unity and peace, people coming together, which is really hard to do because there’s so many equality issues and injustice happening that people are fighting against.” “There’s been leaders all through history that really advocate for peace,” continued Wakefield. “Gandhi was one of them, he had a whole movement for peace.”

The teacher then went on to recite lyrics from John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.” “You know that song, ‘Imagine,’ by John Lennon?” Wakefield said, to which her students did not respond.

“You know, like, ‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you will join us and the world will be as one. Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man,’” she recited.

18 thoughts on “Teacher tells 8th graders world peace is ‘racist’ and art history is ‘white supremacy’”
  1. First, I despise the term “you guys”, especially when referring to a group containing male and female members.
    Second, the so called teacher is indoctrinating children, not teaching anything useful or meaningful.
    Squash the NEA and teachers’ unions! They’re ruining our education system!

  2. What a “NUT JOB” who is unfit to teach anything! By her own rambling definitions, she is too mixed up an confused to hold the positions she dose. Tell me please that sh is ow out on the streets and unemployed?
    In her case, she has a right to her own opinion even if it the opinion of a mental fruit cake!

  3. This woman is MT a teacher! Teachers are supposed to e role models and speak the truth and work with facts not wth IDEOLOGY! Besides, she is an IGNORANT, ILLITERATE garbage bag. Throw her out.!
    signed, a former teacher of 25 years.

  4. This teacher is a perfect example of education faculty exposing our children to indoctrination and radicalization .
    It should be illegal under both State Laws and Federal Laws,.punishable by mandatory jail time and loss of teaching licenses in all states along with a hefty fine.

  5. Somewhere there exists a village that has lost and is seeking its idiot. She may be found at Seward School in Seattle, Washington, Suzanne Wakefield.

  6. I worked in Seattle for 33 years. Sadly, I’ve been watching it’s decline from a clean decent city to the trash heap it currently has become. I’m beginning to understand how it became that way after reading this.

  7. This is speaking from a common sense point of view which I feel is logical. Since this teacher explains her definition of racism and gives examples of white supremacy, and this teacher admitted to being a racist and white supremist, then that teacher should immediately resign or fired. Those are qualities we don’t want, nor need in an educator. This coming from a retired teacher.

  8. Just another brainwashed snowflake without the mental acumen to think logically. This is what happens when victim studies are granted legitimacy by politically correct institutions of lower education, like Brown University, which has become a full fledged social justice school which charges $70,000 per year to bd brainwashed. And they coerce professors to sign on to the agenda. And to think that the left still rails against McCarthyism, which was a response to a real threat, but only lasted a few years. The current fascist wave sweeping college campuses has been underway for 20 years with no sign of abating.

  9. this teacher should be fired and never aloud in a class room or any other school related job..

  10. No definitive statements; just the inchoate AND incoherent ramblings of an unformed personality; with no other political aims than to blend in with her crowd and force any and all dissenters from her PC group to conform; to be vilified or destroyed by others of her ilk; for whom she’ll make any excuse or lay-the-blame on their victims.

  11. Recall elections need to get started as soon a election 2020 is over to get out anyone who is still bending the knee to the communists in either party .Then the Senate needs to go full McCarthyism and the House of Representatives needs to reopen the Committee on Unamerican Activities and de-communist the country wherever they are .

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