Black Mother Upset That 8-Year-Old Son Was Introduced To White Privilege In School
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of a Raleigh, North Carolina elementary school attempted to make parents more aware of white privilege, but the way of going about it rubbed one black mother the wrong way.
According to ABC 11, Amber Pabon alleges that her son was actually being taught about white privilege at Hunter Magnet Elementary, and she is upset about it.
Last month, her son came home with a two-sided sheet in his folder. One side included statistics of white representation in different industries like media, government and education, and the other side listed examples of white privilege in society. Although the PTA claims this information was really for parents, Pabon’s son obviously read it and asked her a question that she wasn’t expecting.
“Are white people better than me?” he asked.
For any mother not prepared to talk about racism and white privilege, they, too, would be upset after their kid asks them something like that. Pabon said that she doesn’t believe that her eight-year-old son needs to learn about any of that right now, and as a parent, that’s her right.
“He’s eight years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?” she said.
A district spokesperson said that the information is sent to parents by the school’s PTA, and it’s not a part of the in-class curriculum. Off-camera, members of the PTA said the one sheet Pabon references is a part of an “11-step guide to understanding race, racism and white privilege.” The PTA claims that notes are sent home weekly in students’ folders, emailed to parents and even posted on the Hunter Elementary PTA Facebook page.
And an explanation of the sheets sent home with students is clearly written at the top of the sheet Pabon saw.
“This is an initiative led by the PTA Advocacy Team, focusing on generating awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter community, as it relates to race and privilege,” it reads.
Although the PTA claims the initiative is geared toward parents, why send the sheets home with the students? Makes no sense. As second graders, they can all read and digest information, which is why, I’m sure, it made Pabon sick to hear her child question whether white people were better than him.
Basically, no school should take it upon themselves to introduce the subject of racism to anyone’s child without discussing the desire to do so with each parent. And creating a whole white privilege awareness initiative for parents is ridiculous anyway. Has anything happened among the parents that would make the PTA want to send out a whole dictionary of what white privilege is? Talk about that.
Pabon isn’t against her child learning about racism and white privilege. She just wants to do it in her own time and in her own way.
“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,” Pabon said. “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.”
What would you do if this was your son or daughter?
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