- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Colorado school district is defending a survey given to staff during diversity training sessions that asks employees to identify their white privilege.

An employee of Cherry Creek School District contacted Denver 7, a local ABC News affiliate, anonymously to report that several district employees felt uncomfortable about the questionnaire, titled “White Privilege Survey,” that they were made to take last month.

The survey included 26 statements such as, “Because of my race or color… I can comfortably avoid, ignore, or minimize the impact of racism on my life.”

Employees were asked to give themselves a score of 5 if the statement is often true, a 3 if the statement is sometimes true, and a zero if the statement is seldom or never true.

Other statements included, “I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured I will not be followed or harassed,” and “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the newspaper and see people of my race widely and positively represented,” EAG News reported.

District spokeswoman Tustin Amole said the survey was “designed to make people aware that their experiences, whatever they are, wherever they come from, are not exactly the same as other people’s.”

Ms. Amole said the survey, which Cherry Creek Schools have used since 2003 during mandatory diversity training sessions, has been effective in helping students feel better represented in school.

“This work works,” Ms. Amole told ABC. “And we will continue to do it.”

The same survey made news in Portland, Oregon, this month after a group of students had to complete it.

“The way that this is read, it almost wants to shame you for being white,” one father said. “I feel like [my son] should be learning actual education and not be part of some social experiment or some teacher’s political agenda.”

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