A video shown to a Virginia high school promoting “White guilt” has some students and their parents in an uproar.
The month of February has been designated as Black History Month. During this month, teachers will be integrating into their curricula notable people and historical events pertaining to the Black community.
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At Glen Allen High School in Henrico, Virginia, an animated video was shown to students that many are claiming promotes White guilt. Entitled “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race,” the video depicts people of different racial backgrounds competing in a race.
Those with darker skin encounter roadblocks, a pool of sharks, mandatory drug tests, thunderstorms, prison, and other things that prevent them from finishing the race. Meanwhile, those with white skin coast to the finish line without any trouble.
Terms such as “discrimination,” “poor schooling,” “underemployment,” “standardized tests,” and “school to prison pipeline” flashed while the darker participants encountered their difficulties.
When one of the black runners was obstructed by a wall with a “Dead End” sign on it, construction workers can be seen in the background building a moving walkway so that one of the white runners can win the race without any effort. Terms such as “connections,” “privilege,” “wealth,” and “old boy network” flash onto the screen as the white runner wins the race holding a cup that says “Yale” on it.
At the end of the video, it says, “Affirmative action helps level the playing field.” Here’s the video:
KSLA reported that not everyone was on board with the video:
“Dr. King gave his life so that America would be a place where we are judged by the content of our character not the color of our skin,” said radio personality Craig Johnson. “Now we have poverty pimps being led by our current president Barack Obama who all they talk about is the color of skin.”
A concerned parent wrote a letter complaining the video is leading to tensions in school.
“Y’all are privileged. Get the — blank — over it,” read one of numerous tweets about the topic, said the parent.
Don Blake’s granddaughter attended the assembly.
“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” said Blake. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”
“Force that person to stand on that stage and defend that video,” said Johnson. “I’m telling you … I will mop the floor with that person.”
Henrico School leaders released the following statement:
“The students participated in a presentation that involved American history and racial discourse. A segment of the video was one component of a thoughtful discussion in which all viewpoints were encouraged. As always, we are welcoming of feedback from students and their families, and we address concerns directly as they come forward.”
It remains to be seen whether these sorts of videos will help contribute to a more colorblind society.