A North Carolina parent is upset after her 8-year-old son was given a handout teaching him about “white privilege.”
The sheet is labeled “Step 3: (Begin to) Understand the Concept of White Privilege” and lists statistics showing a disproportionate number of white people in government, media and the entertainment industry.
Amber Pabon, a parent at Hunter Magnet Elementary, said her son came home last month with the paper in his folder.
“I think the message itself is inappropriate because, yes, there is racism out here, and they need to learn about it, but let the parents do that,” Ms. Pabon told ABC affiliate WTVD. “Because like I said, if she’s teaching him the way she knows, it could be completely different from the way I know. And me being part of the black community, I know different from how the white community sees it.”
A note at the top of the sheet said it’s an initiative of the school’s PTA to generate “awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter Community.”
Ms. Pabon claims the material was taught in her son’s second-grade class, but a district spokesperson said it’s not part of the school’s curriculum.
PTA members said the handout is intended for parents, and new material is sent home, emailed or posted to Facebook every week.
They said it’s part of a popular “11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege” created by the high school teacher Jon Greenberg.