“White Guilt” Video Banned By School District After Parental Backlash

A Virginia school district is under fire after showing “racially divisive” material to high school students.

Students at Glen Allen High School, in Henrico County, were shown a four minute long educational video entitled “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race.”

According to the National Post,

The video contextualizes historic racial disparity in the United States using the metaphor of a race track in which runners face different obstacles depending upon their racial background. It has been shown hundreds of thousands of times at schools and workshops across the country since it was created more than a decade ago, according to the African American Policy Forum, which produced it.

“The video is designed for the general public,” said Luke Harris, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum and an associate professor of political science at Vassar College. “We produced something you could show in elementary and secondary schools or in college studies courses.”

 He added: “We found that the video has a huge impact on the people that we’re showing it to. Most of us know very little about the social history of the United States and its contemporary impact. It was designed as a tool to throw light on American history.”

But in Glen Allen, about 22 kilometres from Richmond, after the video was played for students, some parents complained, calling it a “white guilt video.”

Henrico County public schools officials initially defended the decision to show it, saying the video was “one component of a thoughtful discussion in which all viewpoints were encouraged.”

But after the story began to spread nationally, school officials switched gears, labelling the video “racially divisive” two days later.

“The Henrico School Board and administration consider this to be a matter of grave concern,” School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said in a statement released to The Washington Post. “We are making every effort to respond to our community. It is our goal to prevent the recurrence of this type of event. School leaders have been instructed not to use the video in our schools.”

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