(‘We are trying to acknowledge that racism does exist and that some people, as a result of racism, are disadvantaged,’ said Teresa Downs, superintendent for School District 74. (Gold Trail School District)
Posters addressing white privilege are hung in every school in Gold Trail district
By Courtney Dickson,
March 7, 2018
Posters addressing racism and white privilege have popped up in some B.C. schools, raising concerns among some parents.
The posters feature phrases such as “Got privilege?” and, “If you don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege.” They feature quotes from district administrators on their 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,” said Teresa Downs, superintendent for School District 74, which covers many communities in B.C.’s Interior, including Ashcroft, Clinton, Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Seton Portage.
But some parents aren’t happy about it.
When Kansas Field Allen heard about the posters, she was shocked.
She asked her son to take photos of them so she could post about it on social media and get feedback from her peers.
“I’d say 95 per cent of the people are in favour of having the posters taken down, and that’s from all races,” Field Allen said.
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