Roger Hedgecock, former San Diego mayor and current right wing talk show host, equated teaching about race with “hatred of white people,” claimed “hatred of white people has now become an epidemic in this country”, that the California public school curriculum was “anti-white” while blaming President Obama for “racial tensions” that “are at an all-time high in my lifetime.” Hedgecock made these comments on Feb. 4, 2013, on San Diego station KFMB-AM, which features white talk show hosts for 100% of their programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hedgecock started out by resurrecting a story from 2012 about a Portland school principal, Verenice Gutierrez, who was involved in programs to help educators understand white privilege in order to “change their teaching practices to boost their minority students’ performance.” Hedgecock called this “hatred of white people.”
“It will boost minorities performance to teach them, in essence, hatred of white people, which is basically what she said,” is how Hedgecock characterized it.
Hedgecock then presented what was supposed to be a scary list of the “hatred of white people” training for teachers involving Gutierrez, including an exercise “to examine a news article and discuss the white privilege it conveys… A week-long seminar called ‘coaching for educational equity’…that focuses on race and how it affects life… She also serves on an administrative committee that focuses on ‘systemic racism.’
“…This stuff is going on in every school, every public school,” Hedgecock warned.
After relating a news story about a deranged murderer who said his shooting spree was prompted by his racist attitudes toward white people, beliefs he developed while an anthropology major in college, Hedgecock said, “Where do people get these notions? They get them in taxpayer-supported schools. Hatred of white people has now become an epidemic in this country.
“It is now informing polical decisions that are made. When President Obama told the editorial staff at the San Francisco Chronicle during the 2008 campaign that the bitter clingers, people in Pennsylvania, and he was talking about white people, who cling to their guns and their bible, were the problem he was having.
“No one has more racially divided this country since John C. Calhoun, than Barack Obama…
“No one in this country believes that we are better off in race relations, that there is less racial tension in this country today, because of Barack Obama’s election. Racial tensions are at an all-time high in my lifetime and I lived through the 50s…
“I lived through Rosa Parks, I lived through Martin Luther King, Jr. The consensus was at that time among white people that those civil rights efforts were in the noblest tradition in the American republic…
“Do you have a feeling that all this stuff in the schools, teaching hatred of white privilege, is bringing us closer together? Is bringing us past racism?
Referring to a story about a review of the school system in Texas, Hedgecock concluded, “You should see the curriculum we have. It is as anti-American, anti-West and anti-white as you could imagine.”