‘White Privilege’ Posters In Canadian Schools Anger Many Parents

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Superintendent Teresa Downs said teaching students about racism and privilege is nothing new for the Gold Trail School District. (Image courtesy of Gold Trail School District)

Posters Calling Students to Address Their White Privilege Sparks Anger Among Canadian Parents

Canadian School District Under Fire for Posters Addressing White Privilege

**’Got Privilege?’ Some Parents Upset Over School Posters Calling on Students to Address Their White Privilege

**Canadian School District Launches Anti-Racism Campaign to Address White Privilege — And Parents Aren’t Happy

An anti-racism campaign addressing bigotry and white privilege has popped up in schools across British Columbia, hitting a nerve with parents who’ve demanded administrators put a stop to it.

The posters, which feature phrases like “Got Privilege?” and “If you don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege,” are part of a recent campaign in the Gold Trail School District. They feature direct quotes from district administrators about their own experiences with privilege and racism.

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

The campaign has drawn criticism from angry parents, however. Mother Kansas Field Allen said she was shocked when she heard about the posters, asking her son to take photos of them so she could share it on social media and get feedback from other parents.

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Image courtesy of Kansas Field Allen.

“I would say 95 percent of the people are in favor of having the posters taken down – and that’s from all races,” Field Allen said. In her post, the concerned mother said she planned to email her issues with the posters to the district, as well as superintendent Downs.

According to CBC News, the posters began appearing in schools after the district crafted a campaign that was inspired by a similar Saskatoon billboard campaign that also addressed racism. The district took its idea to school principals, who agreed the posters should go up.

“We were very aware of some information we had from [students] in our school district around some of the racism and prejudice and bias that they were facing, both in their schools and also in the community,” Downs said, adding that educating students about racism and privilege is nothing new.

Parents said they were never alerted about the campaign, however. For Field Allen, the main concern is having to explain the posters’ message to her two young grandchildren, who attend school in the district.

“You and I can talk as adults about these posters, but what do you say to a first-grader?,” she told CBC News.”

Some parents voiced similar concerns, while others called it a “great start” for British Columbia.

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