Some people apparently don’t want their kids to learn about racial inequality in America.
Glen Allen High School in Henrico County, Virginia, recently showed its students an animated video about white privilege as a part of the ongoing Black History Month. The four-minute video, which has been on YouTube for over five years, was originally commissioned by the African American Policy Forum and uses an actual race to explain the history of racism.
The video, titled “Unequal Opportunity Race,” shows white and non-white athletes, the former of whom receive a huge head start thanks to the colonial-era “genocide” and a host of other factors. The black racers are forced to start late and, during the race, are impaired by segregation, poor schooling and such.
A clock in the background, which denotes all the years since 1492 when Christopher Columbus first landed in the America, also keeps running. In fact, it isn’t until the clock hits 1964, the year the Civil Right Act was passed, that the black runners were allowed to compete.
“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, whose granddaughter saw the video, told NBC 12. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”
The so-called “white guilt” video has upset many people whose kids attended the screening.
“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 local 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.”
Although a number of social media users didn’t find anything wrong with the video, which is historically accurate, the widespread outrage caused Henrico school officials to release a statement defending the use of the video:
“The students participated in a presentation that involved American history and racial discourse,” the statement read. “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.”
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