A Chinese-American advocacy group says that having city schools Chancellor Richard Carranza oversee instruction to fight Asian bias “is like having the KKK run training on anti-Black bigotry.”
The group, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York, issued a statement ripping the “race-trafficker-in-chief’’ after the Department of Education told The Post on Saturday that Carranza now wants his controversial anti-black- and anti-Latino-bias training to also fight bigotry targeting Asians.
“Unbelievably, the man who commits explicit anti-Asian bigotry just added anti-Asian bigotry to his implicit-bias training for Department of Education staff,” the group said.
“This is, after all, the man who smears Asians that they think they ‘own’ admissions to Specialized High Schools, while he pursues policies that seek to exclude large swathes of Asians from these schools,” according to the statement.
The group was referring to Carranza’s push to eliminate entrance exams involving the city’s elite high schools, tests that many Asian-American students have traditionally done well on.
“This is, after all, the man whose DOE uses code phrases such as ‘schools that don’t look like the city’ to disparage Asians for not having the right look,” the group said.
“This is, after all, the man whose DOE sponsored the Center for Racial Justice in Education that declared that Asian Americans ‘benefit from White Supremacy’ by ‘proximity to White privilege.’
“To have Carranza run training on anti-Asian bigotry is like having the KKK run training on anti-Black bigotry,” the CACAGNY said.
“Anti-Asian bigotry is a serious problem for Asian Americans, not to be used for such exploitation. The first step for the DOE to address anti-Asian bigotry in NYC is to get Carranza out of NYC.”
The scathing release came the day after The Post reported that Carranza was starting up his “implicit-bias” training again — this time remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic — and that it was so sorely needed because of bias against Asian-Americans. The global contagion is believed to have started in China.
“This workshop is necessary now more than ever,” DOE spokesman Nathaniel Styer told The Post on Saturday.
“The city has seen an increase in bias and bigotry directed at Asian and Asian-American New Yorkers. These trainings prepare our staff to be a part of the fight against this bigotry.”
DOE rep Nathaniel Styer responded in a statement, “There is no time for this kind of division and toxic rhetoric, and we’re going to continue implicit bias training because it is not about any one race or ethnicity – it is about giving people the tools to prevent and confront bigotry, and as a city, it’s something we need now.
“This is a distraction rooted in baseless attacks while the Chancellor is working around the clock to keep students and staff safe and engaged in learning during this crisis. We invite everyone to join us.”