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Schools Just Started Hanging White Privilege Posters, And Some Parents Are Livid

Schools Just Started Hanging White Privilege Posters, And Some Parents Are Livid
2 months ago

British Columbia schools are dealing with some upset people after addressing the problem of white privilege. The campaign came in the form of a series of three posters showing administrators speaking about white privilege with quotes such as "Got privilege?" and "If you don't have to think about it, it's a privilege." 

Superintendent Teresa Downs had this to say about the campaign: 

I think it’s important to note that these three posters are really only one part of the work that we’ve been doing in the school district over the last 5-7 years around the issues of colonization, racism, prejudice, and privilege.

And this about  the backlash:

I’m also not saying, and really, would like to clear up, the thought that all white people are of a high socioeconomic status. I am well aware that there are white people in our communities, as well as the province, and across the country, who are suffering from economic challenges. And the word, ‘privilege’ in this context, is not connected to affluence.

The campaign had many supporters. 

And there were more than a few who took issue with it. 

Many tried to explain the actual meaning of white privilege has nothing to do with wealth. 

If you are still not clear on the meaning of white privilege the video below is a great resource.