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School Posters about White Privilege Spark Controversy

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Campaign from a school district in British Columbia is meant to bring attention to racism

A school district in British Columbia is facing backlash after unveiling a new campaign designed to bring attention to racism.

A poster quoting Gold Trail District superintendent of schools is receiving the most attention. It pictures Teresa Downs standing there next to the quotation “I have unfairly benefited from the color of my skin. White privilege is not acceptable,” reports the Globe & Mail.

“We are trying to acknowledge that racism does exist and that some people, as a result of racism, are disadvantaged,” said Downs to CBC News.

Some, however, are fearful the campaign will only lead to more racial divide. Both her husband and children are Aboriginal and she feels the program does a disservice to blended families.

“I’d say 95 per cent of the people are in favor of having the posters taken down, and that’s from all races,” she said to the
National Post.

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  1. RE: School Posters about White Privilege Spark Controversy: Truth is hard to take for so many people. It’s just the truth!! Maybe a poster is not the place to start. They should have started with a class/assembly/workshop on white privilege first. My non-profit does a workshop on Cultural Appropriation vs. Innovation in which we have to talk about white privilege. Part of the definition of it is that it is not personal nor is it their fault. That truth helps the discussion even for those who want to deny it.

  2. RE: School Posters about White Privilege Spark Controversy: Nancy can you imagine you can’t even talk about racism. What is your non-profit, called or can you send it to me to my personal email at [email protected]. I am a lawyer and would be interested to learn about your work.

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