Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney Attempts to Defend Leftist ‘White Privilege’ Videos Teachers Forced to Watch

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Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney attempted to do damage control on Tuesday over the growing rebellion among parents and teachers about his pet project, The Williamson County Cultural Competency Serieswhich features the controversial left wing “privilege theory” of Dr. Peggy McIntosh and advances the concept of “white privilege.”

As The Tennessee Star reported Thursday, a number of Williamson County School teachers are outraged at being forced to attend , including one who said Looney’s program called white teachers racists and was “super offensive.”

One resident of Williamson County, Frank Wegerson, also took Looney to task on Thursday, telling The Star that he emailed Looney to express his concerns over the “Cultural Competency” videos and the school district’s involvement with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Wegerson told The Star that superintendent Looney called him right away, “and said he wanted to hit it down the middle, wanted to be straight, not going too far left or right and I thought ‘Well, that’s interesting because he chose the most left organization.’ I didn’t say it to him, but that’s what I was thinking.”

Looney posted a two minute video–in which the comments section has been disabled–on the Williamson County Schools website Tuesday.

You can watch the full video here:


“We’re growing by almost 1,200 students a year and we have some of the best employees in the entire nation focused on making sure our students feel welcome, wanted, and worthwhile,” Looney said:

The reality of it is is that our community is changing. We’re getting families from all across the world. And this year we have been intensely focusing on making sure that our instruction and the relationships that we’re building are attentive to the unique needs and talents that these new families bring.

And that’s why, a little bit over a year ago, we formed the Cultural Competency Committee to make sure that our teaching is sensitive and empathetic to the families that we serve because the words that we say matter.

This is an important topic as we begin to become more diverse in our school community and welcome new families from all across the world.  We want to ensure that all of our students are treated with dignity and respect and that we’re sensitive to topics of importance to all of our families.

Unfortunately, our work has led to some misunderstandings and miscommunication. But make no mistake about it, this is critically important work to our long term success and I want to acknowledge that these are tough conversations to have. We’re talking about race, and religion, and economic status and making sure that all of our students, regardless of where they come from, feel welcome and safe in our learning environment. (emphasis added)

“This work will and must continue,” Looney added. (emphasis added.)

In his highly controlled communication, delivered to a video camera and not an audience of parents, teachers, and journalists who were free to ask questions, Looney failed to address the most important problems associated with his “Cultural Competency” Series.

  1. Why has he embraced the anti-American exceptionalism philosophy of left-wing academic Peggy McIntosh’s “privilege theory,” when it is in direct opposition to Gov. Lee’s State of the State promise to teach Tennessee’s school chidren “unapologetic American exceptionalism?”
  2. Why has Williamson County Schools failed to provide evidence that the Williamson County Culture Competency Series was included in the system’s in-service training plan for 2018-2019?
  3. Why has Williamson County Schools failed to provide evidence that the Williamson County Schools In-service training plan for 2018-2019 was submitted to The Tennessee Department of Education before June 1, 2018, as required by law, and was approved by the Commissioner of Education prior to implementation in Williamson County Schools, as required by law?
  4. Why has Williamson County Schools teamed up with the left wing hate group Southern Poverty Law Center, which is conducting a “Teaching Tolerance” seminar to at least 20 Williamson County Schools teachers in Franklin on May 3 and 4?

The Tennessee Star has posed these questions to Williamson County Schools spokeswoman Carol Birdsong and Superintendent Looney, but we have not received a response.

Wegerson, meanwhile, said he’s unsure if Looney will ultimately change his mind about the “Cultural Competency” videos and the direction he’s taking the school district.

“I wish. I don’t know. He didn’t commit anything like that,” Wegerson said.

“When I hung up with him, I got the feeling, he said to me, approximately 20 teachers or educators out of 600 or so in the Williamson County System had signed up for this May 2 and 3 event.  He hoped it would go over well.”

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13 Thoughts to “Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney Attempts to Defend Leftist ‘White Privilege’ Videos Teachers Forced to Watch”

  1. Mike Rose

    If I were a WCS parent, I would take great exception to teachers and administrators telling my child that he is “privileged” because he is white. I would be very upset to learn that whatever privileges he might enjoy in his life came to him because of the work of his parents and grandparents, and do not derive from his race. If i were the parent of a minority child parent in WCS, I would be extremely disturbed to have teachers tel the child that they are not as capable as any student, and can’t be expected to live up to the norms of society that produce success regardless of race. I.E. acquiring an education, refraining from drug use, waiting for marriage or for two dedicated involved parents to have children, And the other responsible behaviors that most everyone once accepted as the standard which are now derided as “racist” and biased standards of “white” scoiety.

  2. Chris

    This video response is hilarious. So you single out white people and then say we need to be more open to other cultures coming here. We have always had different cultures here. This isn’t new. What is ridiculous is you trying to justify a leftist “training video” that is absolutely racist in it’s nature. I don’t know if Looney is from Tennessee, but if he’s not, he needs to get back to wherever the hell he came from. Parents also need to wake up and be very aware of the liberal bs trying to creep its way into our schools here.

  3. Kafir

    Mike Looney is just that…Looney…

  4. Vickie

    There is no excuse for this indoctrination

  5. Austin

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has been a known, nothing but a Communist front organization for decades.

  6. PatrioticMom

    Why do you think 1200 new students enroll annually? Their family’s are fleeing from “looney” states whose taxation and policies, have made them uninhabitable for patriotic, christian, rational families.

    To assume white people are naturally racist just by the color of their skin is erroneous logic, and completely unfounded. It’s progressive jibber jabber. Maybe Looney should listen to Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech more closely. Reverse racism is still racism.

    To another point I haven’t heard anyone discussing, is that just proposing such racist rubbish is hurtful to the very population these progressives pretend to be supporting. To tell certain populations their country/community believes they are less than, not welcome, not capable, inflicts pain and fear and is downright mean and shameful. Again, and again, the progressives exploit and decieve the very people they profess to care about, so they can maintain their voting base.

    My experience with Williamson County Schools has been extremely positive. My children’s teachers are excellent; they’re talented educators, nurturing and professional. I do not believe they would ever make some children feel excluded or less than, and would also be highly offended by such an accusation.

    Tennessee is under attack. Progressives use political correctness to shame and silence you into submission until they can take over. They are exploiting your Southern gentility while shaming you over Civil War history as evidence of your obvious racism still today.

  7. Looney’s name describes his personal character perfectly to a “T”!!!!

  8. Wolf Woman

    “I want to acknowledge that these are tough conversations to have. We’re talking about race, and religion, and economic status and making sure that all of our students, regardless of where they come from, feel welcome and safe in our learning environment.”

    The SPLC doesn’t have tough conversations with anyone. They make no space for dialogue or debate. They think they have to truth and it’s their mission to cram it down our throats and if we don’t like it, call us bigots, haters and islamophobes.

    Looney the Leftist wants to talk about race, religion and economic status, the trinity of the socialist philosophy. Don’t let him propagandize your children, Williamson County residents. Tell him you can take care of their moral and ethical ideas and philosophical ideas. Tell him to keep his politics to himself. Then get rid of him.

    1. 83ragtop50

      And I thought school were supposed to educate not indoctrinate. Silly me.

  9. Kevin

    The “cancer” is here! It has metastasized from those liberal “tumors” of DC, CA, NY and CT! Left undiagnosed and untreated, it WILL kill Tennessee and ultimately the USA! We can decide to “cut it out”, bombard it with “radiation” or douse it with “chemo therapy”, OR we can do nothing and allow it to grow unchecked! Now is the time to act, before it becomes terminal!

    And for those “Tennesseans” who think it must be being caused by people moving in from out of State, take a look at what happened in Texas,

    Be very careful Tennessee!

  10. Ed Cuevas

    It’s time for Mr. Looney to replaced and sent packing. His “looney” ideas would be better
    received in NYC or San Francisco.