A parent from North Carolina is not pleased that her 8-year-old son was given a handout at school with a list of so-called “white privilege.”
A teacher gave the young student a sheet labeled “Step 3: (Begin to) Understand the Concept of White Privilege” and lists statistics showing a disproportionate number of white people in government, media and the entertainment industry. The student came home with the said paper placed in a folder.
Amber Pabon, a parent at Hunter Magnet Elementary, is obviously upset with what the teacher gave to her son, and what the so-called list is teaching her son. She said: “I think the message itself is inappropriate because, yes, there is racism out here, and they need to learn about it, but let the parents do that.”
Pabon elaborated why the teacher has gone overboard with her initiative to give such a list or teach about so-called white privilege: “Because like I said, if she’s teaching him the way she knows, it could be completely different from the way I know. And me being part of the black community, I know different from how the white community sees it.”
A note at the top of the sheet indicates that such was the initiative of the school’s PTA with the aim of generating “awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter Community.”
PTA members also said that such handout is really intended for parents, and that new material will be sent home, emailed or posted to Facebook every week.
Pabon is upset since she is claiming that the material was taught in her son’s second-grade class. A district spokesperson claimed on the contrary that it’s not part of the curriculum.
It is not also clear how the PTA came up with the contents of the hand out, especially as to whose perspectives did they base their views on since such topic is contentious.