On @ABC11_WTVD at 4, 5, and 6 - a Hunter Magnet Elementary parent upset over a sheet explaining white privilege was sent home with her child. Why the school’s PTA says it’s part of a larger message about generating awareness + empathy to create a safe + equitable school community pic.twitter.com/qTckhj9P4L— Michael Perchick (@MichaelPerchick) April 3, 2018
A second grade African-American student in Raleigh, North Carolina, was reportedly sent home with a pamphlet detailing white privilege.
One side of the two-sided pamphlet explained white representation in government, the military, media and education. The other side of the sheet listed examples of white privilege in the society.
The 8-year-old boy’s mother, Amber Pabon, was outraged at the move by Hunter Magnet Elementary. She said the note affected her son’s identity and added when he came home he asked her, “Mommy, are white people better than me?”
“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. 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,” said Pabon.
She added, “He's 8 years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?”
Pabon further said the topic of white privilege was discussed in class but school district denied the claim and said the note was part of an initiative led by the school's Parent-Teacher Advocacy Team. The initiative started in February, during the Black History Month.
While students brought the paper home, the pamphlet was meant for parents to receive, the school district said, and parents may opt out from such material.
Pabon has since opted out.
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