White PrivelegeFrom The Grio — National attention has been drawn to a Wisconsin high school’s “American Diversity” course after one parent alleged that students are being taught white people are oppressors of minorities, reports Fox News.

One parent of a Delavan-Darien High School student spoke to Fox News.

“They’re teaching white guilt.  They’re dividing the students,” this parent told said.  ”They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’”

The parent, who requested to remain anonymous, claims she became alarmed by the content on some handouts that her 18-year-old son brought home from school.

A class handout defines “white privilege” as:

A set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.)

Students were also instructed to visit the toy section of a local Wal-Mart, where they were to count the number of white dolls versus the number of black dolls.

 

 

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  • Dom

    White privilege exists. What we need to do is teach minority kids how to overcome the barriers they will face as minorities. Teaching a bunch of white kids from Wisconsin that they are privileged seems like a bit of a waste of time.

    • I don’t think it’s a waste of time because the burden of racism and all that it comes with shouldn’t be placed solely on our shoulders. We didn’t make this system and it’s not our fault our lives are devalued because of a history of white supremacists. But, you’re right we should still be aware of it and learn how to overcome the barriers. I wasn’t a slave but that history still affects me much like the history of white supremacy effects younger white generations today. They need to understand and feel the burden too because this problem is two-fold. Without white awareness of their privilege, then the an go around ignoring anything to do with racism and throw around silly phrases like “race card” and “color-blind” and nothing will ever get resolved.

  • Shirl

    And yet this parent was eerily silent when her kid was given a history book claiming Columbus discovered America…

  • Shirl

    A white parent will NEVER have to sit their kids down and go over the rules of driving while black, shopping while black, jogging while black, walking in certain neighborhoods while black…

  • Yevi

    I remember reading an article on Kotaku called “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is”. There were some serious rage and denial in the comments. Somebody even turned it around said that white men are the ones that struggle the most.

  • Anthony

    You hit the nail on the head, khrish. No matter how much those kids will deny they know about white privilege, I am sure they know instinctively that if they say “a black man did it,” they will automatically deflect attention away from themselves, at least for a while. As someone who from time to time mentors young men, I always tell them to be cautious in their dealings with white girls or women. I also tell them to simply avoi any situation where there are multiple black males having sex with a single white female. If something goes wrong, she will call all of them rapists, and there is a great chance her accusation will stick.