A so-called “white guilt” video has some Henrico, Virginia, parents upset at Glenn Allen High School officials for a Black History Month presentation which allegedly promoted the concept of white privilege being at the expense of African Americans. The “Unequal Opportunity Race” video promotes affirmative action and uses a relay race to symbolize the supposed unfair advantage that white people enjoy. Critics claim this video is simply creating a racial divide between high school students based upon skin color when Martin Luther King Jr. wanted Americans to be “judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.”
The leaders at Glenn Allen High School released the following statement in response to criticism by parents.
“The students participated in a presentation that involved American history and racial discourse. 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.”
The reason parents are so upset about a Black History Month presentation is because they used the YouTube video “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race.” The video shows four runners in a relay race, with one male and female being black, while the other pair is white skinned. While the white runners are allowed to begin the race at the starting gun, the black runners are held back by a red light while being bombarded with words like “slavery,” “broken treaties,” “genocide,” and “segregation.”
Even as the black runners remain in place, the white runners are completing a lap. The batons in their hands have a money symbol, which grows larger even as the runners begin to age. Eventually, the white pair of runners hand off their money baton to a younger runner, apparently symbolizing their children.
The black runners are not allowed to begin until a sign reaches 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act. But, even then, the black people are held by storm clouds labeled as “discrimination” or tripped by stones representing “poor schooling.” Even standardized testing is thrown into the mix, symbolized as a shark pit.
The metaphors end with the black male runner being dragged off into the sky in cages. The black female runner hits a brick wall labeled as a dead end. Meanwhile, a white runner is standing still while sipping on a water bottle labeled with “Yale.” Despite his not running, a conveyor belt symbolizing the “old boy network” pushes the white man to the finish line while the upset-looking white female runner comes in second place.
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Radio personality Craig Johnson told WWBT that he was outraged how Glenn Allen High School students were made to watch the video.
“The reality of it, it’s over. The aftermath of it is poverty pimps that will not let it die. Dr. [Martin Luther] 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 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.”
Don Blake’s granddaughter attended the Black History Month presentation, and he believes the video is creating unnecessary racial tension by promoting the concept of white privilege. As an example, one concerned parent wrote a complaint letter to the school, citing how a Twitter comment claimed “white people [are] so greedy.
“White people have never faced any type of oppression ever. Y’all are privileged. Get the f**k over it,” wrote the Twitter user from Virginia. “Why y’all wanna be oppressed..? Looking dumb. We can’t even have the shortest month of the year to ourselves.”
Blake believes the school need to be held accountable for the so-called “white guilt” video.
“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” said Blake. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”
If the person responsible for choosing the “Unequal Opportunity Race” is found, Johnson believes the individual should be “forced” to stand on stage and “defend that video.”
“I’m telling you… I will mop the floor with that person,” claimed Johnson.
Do you think it was wrong for Glenn Allen High School to use this particular video during Black History Month? What do you think about the concepts of white guilt and white privilege in relation to affirmative action?