A propaganda video is being shown inside American high schools. It is an animated white privilege video. Its purpose is to encourage “racial discourse” but it has led to a backlash from people who do not like the references to so-called white privilege.
“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” Don Blake, whose granddaughter attended the assembly where the video was shown, told told WWBT. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”
The key premise of the video is cringeworthy. It portrays white people, specifically white men as the winner of all things while showing black people to be losers and unable to overcome any obstacles in their way. I don’t understand why the people who created this video can’t see how incredibly racist, belittling and patronising it is. The video uses the analogy of a running race which is quite ironic considering that when it comes to real running races black people usually dominate.
Here’s my biggest issue with this video: the message it sends to young minds. To black Americans it says: the world is stacked against you. You’re just a victim of life, accept it. Take a helping hand from affirmative action, it’ll level the playing field. Somehow affirmative action will also prevent a premature death, imprisonment, and having children out of wedlock.
To white men, this video says: you’re all jerks. You do not accomplish anything, everything is handed to you. You’ve been winning at life since you were born to your probably married white parents, you non-bastard. Screw you. You’ll skate through life with fat stacks and more luck than you deserve.
The video is nothing more than animated bigotry. Its premise of low expectations hurts us all. Our skin colour does not determine if we are winners or losers our actions do. Life isn’t fair we all know that. Life is hard. Winners succeed regardless.
One of the most successful men I know came from a very poor New Zealand family that suffered from family violence and alcoholism. He dropped out of high school and through sheer hard work and determination built the many businesses he has today. He had nothing but obstacles despite his skin colour being white. If I was a black skinned teen that video would make me feel terrible about myself and would foster resentment and racism toward white skinned people.A more useful and uplifting video would be one that interviewed men and women who have succeeded despite the obstacles that life put in their way.