‘White Privilege’ Lesson In Delavan-Darien High School Class In Wisconsin Draws Ire (participation)

‘White Privilege’ Lesson In Delavan-Darien High School Class In Wisconsin Draws Ire (participation)

White Privilege Class

A Wisconsin high school is under fire after a parent accused a diversity class of promoting a critical race theory, alleging that students are being taught that minorities are disadvantaged by white oppressors, Fox News reports.

Delavan-Darien High School’s “American Diversity” course aims to help students “better understand oneself and recognize how feelings, ideas and beliefs interact with the ideas and beliefs of other individuals and groups,” according to the school’s website. By studying American society through the connections among culture, ethnicity, race, religion and gender issues, the course seeks to “create a more accurate picture of modern America.”

But an unnamed parent tells Fox News that assignments and class worksheets seem like “indoctrination.” A handout gives students a definition of “white privilege,” which appears to be taken from a book by the same name:

In critical race theory, white privilege is a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.). Theorists differentiate it from racism or prejudice because, they say, a person who may benefit from white privilege is not necessarily racist or prejudiced and may be unaware of having any privileges reserved only for whites.

“They’re teaching white guilt,” the parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’”

Click over to Fox News for more on the outcry and the school’s response.

Another worksheet published by The New Guard, a blog on conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation, is an excerpt from Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” listing examples of racial privilege. Among them: “I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color” and “I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race”

Yet another assignment asked questions of a lecture by anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise, inquiring, “Why is the colorblind model of American ineffective,” “Why is it important to talk about whiteness in America,” and “Explain the irony of the phrase ‘United We Stand.’”

To apply the lesson to the real world, students were allegedly told to go to a Wal-Mart and count the number of dolls in the toy section that represented blacks versus whites. Superintendent Robert Crist says there is merit to parental concern.

“A lot of red flags go up in my mind when I look at the materials,” Crist told Fox News. “Ideally, you would want to present one theory that might be way on the left and another theory that may be way on the right and if you find one in the middle you can present that too … now you have a well-rounded discussion, in my opinion.”

The course will not be offered at the school again until the district evaluates the curriculum.

In Portland, Ore. last September, Harvey Scott K-8 School Principal Verenice Gutierrez drew national attention for tying the peanut butter and jelly sandwich to white privilege during equity training in district schools.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez said, according to the Portland Tribune. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

To be sure, the U.S. Department of Education recently examined racial inequity in a survey of 72,000 schools. Findings revealed that minority students tend to face harsher disciplinary actions and are more likely to be taught by lower paid teachers with less experience than white students.


4 thoughts on “‘White Privilege’ Lesson In Delavan-Darien High School Class In Wisconsin Draws Ire (participation)

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. I went to a predominately white high school, and like I mentioned before, Native American’s were not the highest on that food chain. I received unfair grades because of it. So my first thought is, yes, students should be taught this and it is ridiculous that a parent is throwing such a fit about it. Then I really thought about it. This is a very complex idea that must be approached and accepted in a mature way. In high school, there is always those parents that will fight with teachers for their student and the student loses his or her voice. Also high school is almost rarely a mature environment, especially for a topic like race. In my school, race was NEVER mentioned unless joking about it. The majority there was white, small populations of Native Americans and Mexican Americans, and there were, I kid you not, 6 black people. We had an English teacher who was white that had a black daughter. She made us read Huckleberry Finn. We talked deeply about the word used in it and talked a little bit about how our school could be racist. She started with 90 students and finished with 55. Needless to say, if this was a topic at my school, there would probably be RIOTS. I truly think that in high school there is not enough maturity to teach a class with an idea that complex.

  2. I believe that the last paragraph of this article basically sums it up. When it comes down to it, whites are given the advantage of a higher education, and also a more successful pursuit of an education than the path given to someone from a minority race. Because of the various stereotypes that are prominent in our society today, minorities are sometimes seen as more violent and even seen as worthless. Members of high authority see these individuals as more vulnerable to certain punishment, and ultimately these minorities see much harsher treatment than whites.

  3. The parent that said that the schools were teaching the students “white guilt” does not see how being oppressed in the past has effected minorities today. The American Diversity class was not used to spread “white guilt” but rather education on how race, culture, and society work today. I am going to assume this parent is white and has probably not taken the time to actually think about the privileges he/she has received in their life, or looked at the struggles minorities face throughout their life. It is important to educate students on the information the American Diversity class was teaching to hopefully reach equity within classrooms so that findings from the last paragraph are not seen in the future.

  4. I believe that the last paragraph tells the morale of the article. It’s supposedly true that white students get a better advantage in higher education than any race in the US and achieve a better path than a minority race. Society might see minorities being displayed as criminals or more violent because they claim they are not worth for education and they came from poverty. There are more stereotypes practically everywhere and the number one stereotype has to be education, since everyone mentions about education a lot. But I disagree about discriminating education because education should be diverse and that any student from a different race should have the same privileges based on their academics. I believe that there’s not enough maturity to teach a class with minorities and society sees them as a disadvantage.

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