Seattle School District Sends Students to “White Privilege Conference”

The Seattle education establishment is in the news on two controversial issues, one I posted a few days ago, the other here.

For the first time:

Seattle Public Schools are sending students from four high schools to attend the annual White Privilege Conference.

The annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression.

This conference is not about beating up on white folks.

The issue was covered by the Wall Street Journal
The New White Power Movement which listed the web site of the White Privilege Conference, and gave an excerpt from its frequently asked questions page:

Q. What is privilege?

A. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was meant to remain oblivious. White Privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.

The SoundPolitics blog posted on the response a columnist received when he wrote on the issue. Elliott Bronstein, the white spokesman for Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights and on a task force “to end institutional racism within City government,” said the column was “a galling insult to many parents with school-age children.”

’They have endured a system run mostly by whites and on white terms,’ he wrote. ‘And for them to be told, ‘Oh, it’s the District, they’re obsessed with race over there. They are driving us farther apart.’

All this funded by taxpayers.

One thought on “Seattle School District Sends Students to “White Privilege Conference””

  1. I attended the White Privilege Conference, and while I didn’t agree with everything that was said there, I thought it had a lot to offer.

    I’ve tried to understand what you want to say about it, but I confess I’m not able to. You mention that the Seattle Public Schools sent students to the conference, and you quote briefly from conference materials, as well as from a city official.

    Do you object to something about the conference? Or simply to the use of taxpayer money to send representatives to this conference, for some reason? Or to all conferences?

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