Some parents at Aloha High School in suburban Portland, Oregon are questioning the wisdom of a teacher’s decision to send his students home with a “white privilege survey” that asked them to evaluate the various ways that they may or may not benefit from white privilege. Other parents applauded the intellectual exercise as a means for their children to form their own opinions about how race functions in their lives.
The school, located in the suburb of Beaverton, is ethnically diverse, according to statistics published by U.S. News & World Report. The student body comprises 34 percent Hispanic students, and 45 percent white students. Native Americans, blacks, and Asians and Pacific Islanders also attend the school, where approximately half of the students are listed as “economically disadvantaged.”
Jason Schmidt, a white parent, is not happy that his son is being asked to fill out the survey. “I feel that he should be learning actual education, and not be a part of some social experiment or teacher’s political agenda,” he told KATU. “The way this survey is read, it almost wants to like, shame you for being white.”
But Sarah Rios-Lopez says that talking about race has to start somewhere, and she wants it to start in the classroom. “We are first of all judged by the color of our skin,” she told KATU.
“Education is supposed to be provocative. The way we get people to challenge their assumptions about the world is to provoke them,” Sociology professor Randy Blazak said. The reporter noted that most of the parents supported the teacher because they believe it’s a conversation that students need to be having.
In 1989, Peggy McIntosh wrote the essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” in which she laid out a series of questions for white people to answer about what they expected as they moved through the world. And, she emphasized, while the term “white privilege” was a common appellation, “privilege” was a misnomer. Instead, she said, privilege was simply an expectation of norms that all within our society are entitled to. Being aware that many people who are not white do not receive even these simple courtesies can help to awaken white people to systemic oppression. She wrote: “I want, then, to distinguish between earned strength and unearned power conferred systemically. Power from unearned privilege can look like strength when it is in fact permission to escape or to dominate. But not all of the privileges on my list are inevitably damaging. Some, like the expectation that neighbors will be decent to you, or that your race will not count against you in court, should be the norm in a just society. Others, like the privilege to ignore less powerful people, distort the humanity of the holders as well as the ignored groups.”
Schmidt insisted that “with the amount of money that we are paying,” he didn’t want his kid indoctrinated into some political fad.
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Morning show gives airtime to panel of white ‘Karens’ who blame Black Lives Matter for making name a slur
A British TV news program gave airtime to a panel of white women named Karen who say they have been unfairly maligned.
In a segment on Monday, ITV's Morning Show talked to three women about "memes" that use their name as a slur.
"I just noticed a few memes and TikToks going on and it started of being quite funny," Karen Masters told the program. "And when the Black Lives Matter protests started, there was a lot of media putting Karen as racist. It sort of took on a life of its own."
"And I feel that we can't, as Karens, now talk about how it's affecting us because we are told that we're entitled if we do this," she continued. "So I set up a Change.org [petition] to show that this is not fair for us to have to put up with this."
Boaters with Trump flag accused of ‘endangering’ SpaceX astronauts after splashdown
Supporters of President Donald Trump on Sunday were accused of jeopardizing astronauts' return to Earth.
After SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule became the first American spacecraft to splashdown in 45 years, a boat flying the Trump flag was spotted within feet of the astronauts.
The boaters were quickly called out on social media for "interfering" with the mission.
Watch the video and read some of the responses below.
‘You should have reported it’: James Clyburn scolds Fox News host over white supremacists inciting violence
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Sunday accused Fox News host Pete Hegseth of failing to report that white supremacists had attempted to incite violence during Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon and other places.
"As you know, over the last couple of months, we've seen riots in Portland," Hegseth told Clyburn during an interview on Fox & Friends. "President Trump made it clear, we're going to send federal agents, law enforcement officers there to protect federal property as necessary."
The Fox News host went on to accuse Clyburn of comparing federal agents to "the Gestapo."