Parents are outraged about an allegedly racist video shown at a public high school in Glen Allen, Virginia. It portrays racial profiling in a very positive light and depicts only white skinned people as successful in life (specifically white men).
The YouTube video titled “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race,” was shown to students at a Glen Allen High School Black History month program.
Radio personality Craig Johnson told reporters “Dr. King gave his life so that America would be a place where we are judged by the content of our character not the color of our skin,” . “Now we have poverty pimps being led by our current president Barack Obama who all they talk about is the color of skin.”
A concerned parent wrote a letter complaining the video is leading to tensions in school.
“Y’all are privileged. Get the — blank — over it,” read one of numerous tweets about the topic said the parent.
Don Blake’s granddaughter attended the assembly.
“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” said Blake. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”
“Force that person to stand on that stage and defend that video,” said Johnson. “I’m telling you … I will mop the floor with that person.”
Henrico School leaders released the following statement:
“The students participated in a presentation that involved American history and racial discourse. A segment of the video was one component of a thoughtful discussion in which all viewpoints were encouraged. As always, we are welcoming of feedback from students and their families, and we address concerns directly as they come forward.”