2nd-Grader Brings Home Paper From School Detailing White Privilege
A North Carolina mother is questioning her son's elementary school after the second-grader brought home a sheet detailing white privilege.
Amber Pabon said her eight-year-old brought home the paper from Hunter Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. The school said it was sent home with students by the PTA and was not a lesson taught in class.
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
"He's 8 years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?" Pabon asked.
She said her African-American son then proceeded to ask her questions about whether white people "are better" than him.
The PTA said the sheets were meant for parents, arguing the campaign has received positive feedback and is aimed at "generating awareness and empathy" in the community.
The statistics appear to have been copied from a 2017 article entitled, "No, I Won’t Stop Saying 'White Supremacy.'" The author points out that white people dominate U.S. institutions.
The paper stated the following:
Congress: 90% white
Governors: 96% white
Top military advisers: 100% white
President and vice president: 100% white
Current POTUS cabinet: 91% white
People who decide which TV shows we see: 93% white
People who decide which books we read: 90% white
People who decide which news is covered: 85% white
People who decide which music is produced: 95% white
Teachers: 83% white
Full-time college professors: 84% white
Owners of men’s pro-football teams: 97% white
Watch the report above.