Cartoon About White Privilege Banned for Inspiring 'White Guilt'

A Virginia school district calls the educational video 'racially divisive'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2016 5:30 PM CST

(Newser) – An educational video about racial inequality has been banned by one Virginia school district after "numerous emails and phone calls" from parents calling it "racially divisive" and a "white guilt video," the Washington Post reports. The video—Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race—uses a literal race as a metaphor and has been shown hundreds of thousands of times schools around the US for a decade. "It was designed as a tool to throw light on American history," says the cofounder of the African American Policy Forum, which created the video. Others didn't see it that way. “A lot of people thought it was offensive to white people and made them feel bad about being privileged,” Kenny Manning, a Glen Allen High School student, tells WRIC.

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The video was shown as part of a Black History Month presentation at Glen Allen. Presenter Ravi Perry tells the Post it got an "overwhelmingly positive" reaction at the time. Then the school started getting complaints. "They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It's a white guilt kind of video," Don Blake, the grandfather of a student, tells KSLA. The school district caved, banning the video. Manning tells WRIC the video wasn't necessary anyway because there aren't any "racially motivated things" happening at Glen Allen. The Black History Month presentation was held in response to a racist song played over the loud speakers during a football game against a predominantly black high school. The song contained 13 racial epithets in a single minute. (Read more racism stories.)

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