Elementary School Hands Out White Privilege Worksheet

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

North Carolina elementary school officials passed out a worksheet describing white privilege to second grade students, according to a Tuesday report.

The worksheet included information on an 11-step guide. Students at Hunter Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh received the sheet as part of a Parent Teacher Association initiative, reported ABC 11.

“He’s 8 years old,” Hunter Magnet parent Amber Pabon said. “What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?”

Step three of the worksheet, which Pabon’s son received, is entitled “(Begin to) Understand the Concept of White Privilege” and asserts that “white dominates the culture.” The worksheet links to resources such as feminist scholar Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

“I have the privilege to forget about my White Privilege,” says the worksheet. “For white people at least, this is a lifelong process, full of inevitable fuck ups but also of epiphanies.”

Step four of the worksheet distinguishes between racism and discrimination, suggesting that only white people can be racist. Step eight differentiates between “overt” and “covert” white supremacy. The guide discusses cultural appropriation and “reverse racism.”

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The school’s PTA insisted that it directed the content at parents, not students. Pabon disagrees and claims the content was also taught in the classroom. Hunter Magnet’s PTA distributes the steps in class, emails them, and posts them to a Facebook page each week. The group asserted that its program has received vastly positive feedback.

Parents can opt out from receiving the worksheets, a choice Pabon has taken.

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