White Guilt cartoon falls flat with Virginia parents

posted at 10:41 am on February 15, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

I suppose somebody thought this was a good idea in the hallowed halls of Glen Allen High School in Virginia. The goal was apparently to introduce students to the idea of racial equality and sensitivity, but the five year old video they chose to make the point wound up spurring a different sort of discussion around the dinner tables of many families in the district. Details from the Washington Post.

A Virginia school district has banned the use of an educational video about racial inequality after some parents complained that its messaging is racially divisive.

The four-minute, animated video — “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race” — was shown last week to students at an assembly at Glen Allen High School, in Henrico County, as a part of the school’s Black History Month program…

“The Henrico School Board and administration consider this to be a matter of grave concern,” School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said in a statement released to The Washington Post. “We are making every effort to respond to our community. It is our goal to prevent the recurrence of this type of event. School leaders have been instructed not to use the video in our schools.”

“In addition, steps are being taken to prevent the use of racially divisive materials in the future. We do apologize to those who were offended and for the unintended impact on our community.”

Before going any further, let’s take a moment and watch it for ourselves. (Video runs about 4 minutes.)

The first thing to note here is that this isn’t some new video which was just published as part of the Black Lives Matter movement or any other social unrest situations. This cartoon was produced in 2010 by the African American Policy Forum and, at least according to them, has been shown in schools “hundreds of thousands of times.” (I checked with a couple of parents in my area this weekend and they’d never heard of it, but then again, kids don’t always tell their parents the minutia of every single thing that goes on at school.) In any event, it’s clearly been around for a while.

In a way, it’s kind of a shame that the makers of the video had to take such a ham handed approach. I’ll be the first to admit that there are some neighborhoods around the country with very little in the way racial diversity and kids actually can benefit from being prepared to deal with that reality when they get out into the wider world. Sadly, this cartoon is so over the top in portraying every negative stereotype about “white privilege” that it comes off as completely racist in the opposite direction from what we’re used to seeing. The biggest hindrance here, at least as I was watching it, is that it does nothing but foment anger and resentment by portraying any perceived barriers to achievement as intentional, diabolical plans by “the man” to hold down minorities.

Rather than opening a dialogue about the struggles which minorities obviously endured in past generations and potential lasting effects from those disparities, the video seems to be aimed at making white students feel guilty and minority students feel aggrieved. If this is what passes for racial and cultural assimilation in our nation’s schools, it’s no wonder that racial tensions in America are currently getting worse rather than better.

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Its going to be hard for Butt Shaw to be as openly white supremacist with the new commenting format.

antisense on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

No comment.

Walter L. Newton on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Maybe Glen Allen High School could just have it’s students comment on Facebook instead of watching cartoons and that would heal all the animosity.

Flange on February 15, 2016 at 10:46 AM

OK…I see we need quotas for NBA and NFL now. Black Privilege needs to be exposed.

ProfShadow on February 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM

It’s weird the authors chose a relay to make their point.

As I see it track and field events are dominated by folks with an African ancestry…..curious.

FOWG1 on February 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Good luck trying to discuss this on Facebook.

Daryl on February 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM

This narrative persists because it works. Most whites have been thoroughly brainwashed, including most conservatives who are too cowed to do more that weakly protest, concluding that liberals are the “real racists.” Until we are able to counter this with a confident “Who cares?” this propaganda will never stop.

Nomennovum on February 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM

I dunno, I thought the Justice Brothers did an excellent job producing it.

Seth Halpern on February 15, 2016 at 10:54 AM

that was incredibly lame..

dpduq on February 15, 2016 at 10:55 AM

I didn’t go through the whole video. Did the obstacles of welfare, criminality, single-motherhood, and IQ make an appearance?

Nomennovum on February 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

White privilege = being held responsible for the acts of your ancestors by folks who accept no responsibility for the acts of their children.

Bevan on February 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

The goal was apparently to introduce students to the idea of racial equality

No. The goal is to create more racial division. Fascists and other marxists need to divide people in order to control them.

rbj on February 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Rather than opening a dialogue about the struggles which minorities obviously endured in past generations and potential lasting effects from those disparities…

Forget it! You want to talk about history up to and thru Jim Crow fine. But lasting effects? There are so many opportunities available if people want them. But you now have a culture that promotes violence, murder, crime, etc, and they will never “dialogue” about that!

Blake on February 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

NODEBT … is OWED

listens2glenn on February 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Good thing these racists didn’t allow Asians to compete and screw up the narrative.

RadClown on February 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Its going to be hard for Butt Shaw to be as openly white supremacist with the new commenting format.

antisense on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Wherein we see the typical post that will appear with FB.

F X Muldoon on February 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

OK I will break my embargo one last time, because…

Glen Allen is my youngest son’s high school. I’ve been to many many school activities there and you will not find a more accepting, tolerant, and color-blind group of kids.

There was no “problem” to solve. Instead, they’re creating one.

Bat Chain Puller on February 15, 2016 at 11:07 AM

I enjoyed the scene with the metal cages. Very appropriate.

Rix on February 15, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Its going to be hard for Butt Shaw to be as openly white supremacist with the new commenting format.

antisense on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Wherein we see the typical post that will appear with FB.

F X Muldoon on February 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Jazz, this is exactly what’s in store.

I cannot express how sad I am about what I read today.

Lolo on February 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Facebook won’t let you post this.

Skywise on February 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM

If this is what passes for racial and cultural assimilation in our nation’s schools, it’s no wonder that racial tensions in America are currently getting worse rather than better.

Yep, racial agitation, it’s what progs eat for breakfast.

Kudos to the parents of Glen Allen students who raised enough stink over this lefty agitprop to get it out of their classrooms.

petefrt on February 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Yep, this will get you banned from FB.

TeaTrekkie on February 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Wow, what a utter and complete load of crap.
The scary thing is that there will be a percentage of those that absorb and believe this crap.

It’s like some people’s careers depend on keeping that racial divide wide open. /s

And then there is this gem of a turd:

Its going to be hard for Butt Shaw to be as openly white supremacist with the new commenting format.

antisense on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Jazz, why do you put up with this?
This has zero to do with the article you wrote. Serves no purpose but to hurl a cheap insult at you.

Voodoo Chile on February 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Facebook won’t let you post this.

Skywise on February 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Indeed. Scrubbed by FB. And I won’t be here to notice that it’s missing.

petefrt on February 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM

antisense, I am directly involved with this issue. You have no idea what the facts are.

And you can go to hell.

Bat Chain Puller on February 15, 2016 at 11:21 AM

They show images of the words “Slavery, genocide, Dred Scott, Trail of Tears”.

Do they mention that these were inflicted on them by the Democrat party (and enforced via gun control)?

kurtzz3 on February 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM

I didn’t go through the whole video. Did the obstacles of welfare, criminality, single-motherhood, and IQ make an appearance?

Perhaps they can make another cartoon about personal responsibility for the black children ?

DeweyWins on February 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM

With my facebook identity, I must say I disapprove of the term white guilt and must remind my fellow white commentators to check their white privilege.

And vote Hillary Clinton for president

signed,

HugoDrax on Facebook

HugoDrax on February 15, 2016 at 11:24 AM

also I would like to tell you how I made $346 yesterday working from home. You can too!

HugoDrax on February 15, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Where’s the Asian kid whose parents just got off the boat but who manages to get into elite colleges without affirmative action?

Is he or she in the race?

will77jeff on February 15, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Where’s the Asian kid whose parents just got off the boat but who manages to get into elite colleges without affirmative action?

Is he or she in the race?

will77jeff on February 15, 2016 at 11:28 AM

No, their parents died during indenture term building railroads in California. But they don’t burn neighborhoods, don’t loot shops and don’t vote as their pastors say, so they don’t deserve a mention.

Rix on February 15, 2016 at 11:34 AM

will77jeff on February 15, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Without affirmative action? Heck, the SJWs use quotas to keep from admitting ‘too many’ Asians.

The Secret Quotas In College Admissions http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevecohen/2015/07/06/the-secret-quotas-in-college-admissions/#38c971a65f54

petefrt on February 15, 2016 at 11:39 AM

… liberals are the “real racists.”

Nomennovum on February 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Liberals & blacks ARE the real racists.

majorzot on February 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

If there is white privilege in the USA, then
Is there black privilege in African countries?
Is there yellow privilege in east Asian countries?
Is there brown privilege in India?
Am I racist for asking?

dolfan on February 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM

This type stuff has been going on in public schools for at least 10 years. Parents are just waking up to it.

Techster64 on February 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Mark Zuckerberg does not approve of this thread

Trafalgar on February 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Liberals & blacks ARE the real racists.

majorzot on February 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

So what if they are? Does it mean conservatives are winning?

Nomennovum on February 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Standardized testing, connections and the Dred Scott decision are reasons for affirmative action? Really?

ArthurMachado on February 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM

I did enjoy the sharks with laser beams on their heads in the moat. Because 7x=49 solve for x is obviously so racially insensitive.

Borgcube on February 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Mark Zuckerberg does not approve of this thread

Trafalgar on February 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Suckerberg can go fuсk himself with a red-hot poker.

Rix on February 15, 2016 at 12:09 PM

No Facebook for me.

V-rod on February 15, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Those captions were some mighty big words for the black kids to read, weren’t they?

S. Weasel on February 15, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Notice the author never mentions the “lies” in the video. Jim Crow was an oops. Slavery my bad. Discimination? Just an accident. Incroyable

AmlissVess on February 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Get it out of your systems folks. Facebook will not allow any opinions they do not endorse.

Mason on February 15, 2016 at 12:51 PM

No comment.
Walter L. Newton on February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

What’s with doing this in every thread? Got your troll panties on today?

Nutstuyu on February 15, 2016 at 12:59 PM

would like to tell you how I made $346 yesterday working from home. You can too!
HugoDrax on February 15, 2016 at 11:27 AM

You must reall suck at bl0wj0bs.

Nutstuyu on February 15, 2016 at 1:03 PM

OK, fine,you wanna make a video showing how black competitors have to overcome obstacles in their “race?” Start by showing one of them quitting to join a gang. Then show another of them quitting the race to get pregnant at 14. Then show another of them quitting the race to go to prison. Then show a couple more quitting the race to drop out of school. Then show another three of them listening to voices in the crowd telling them they haven’t got a chance anyway, so they might as well stop running, and heeding the advice. Show the one who makes it to the finish line getting surrounded and bitched out by the three who listened to the cat-callers, for making them “look bad.”

You could even do it with live actors, who would look surprisingly and disturbingly authentic in their “roles.”

Spurius Ligustinus on February 15, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Somebody needs to make a split-screen video where, on the left, a young black man robs a convenience store, and on the right, a young white man robs a convenience store. Both are arrested and sent to jail. Then, on the left screen, there’s marching and rioting in the streets, yelling and screaming before the mayor’s office and the White House, ending with the black man getting released from jail. On the right screen, the white man stays in jail.

Steve Z on February 15, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Yet another reason to homeschool your children.

labrat on February 15, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Notice the author never mentions the “lies” in the video. Jim Crow was an oops. Slavery my bad. Discimination? Just an accident. Incroyable

AmlissVess on February 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Your straw man is poorly constructed. But it probably accomplishes your intent.

This is one of the primary reasons I refuse to have any discussion about racial matters. Unless I’m willing to sit back and simply agree with everything said from the minority viewpoint, it quickly and inevitably degrades into ad hominem arguments and flippantly rejects any contrary opinion as racist and bigoted.

There is no value to either side in having that sort of discussion. It does nothing to promote understanding, and is usually effective at breeding more distrust.

s1im on February 15, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Good luck trying to discuss this on Facebook.

Daryl on February 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM

First of all, you don’t understand how the new comment system will work. It won’t be “on Facebook.” It will be on this site, with comments from Facebook users.

Second, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Conservatives are not censored on Facebook. I discuss all kinds of things like this on Facebook, on dozens of CONSERVATIVE Facebook pages.

The vast majority of people who hate Facebook have never been on it, and they don’t have a clue what it is and how it works. They only “know” about it from what other people, who know nothing about it, tell them.

The closed mindedness here is really sad.

JannyMae on February 15, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Facebook won’t let you post this.

Skywise on February 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Strange it let me post on Facebook. Could it just be your device?

ricnrolle on February 15, 2016 at 1:36 PM

… it comes off as completely racist in the opposite direction from what we’re used to seeing.

No, Jazz, this is exactly the type of racism we’re used to seeing.

joe_doufu on February 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Good luck trying to discuss this on Facebook.

Daryl on February 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM

I’ll do the occasional political post on FB. But not race. Nuh-uh. Not going there. In person no problem, but not on FB.

ChicagoJewishGuy on February 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM

I, for one WELCOME our new Facebook masters!

I have no comment.
Except to fully embrace the politically correct nonthreatening position.
Whatever it is.

See how that s**t works, HotGas?
Expect homogenized strings with the intellectual ardor of oatmeal.
If we all wanted that, we could go over to The Hill and get 90% of everything removed.

orangemtl on February 15, 2016 at 2:04 PM

I spend time on Facebook, I never, ever discuss politics there and I unfollow anyone who does.

Not under my real name. Not in 2016’s poisonous political atmosphere.

S. Weasel on February 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

OREO’s hit hardest! That’s a Black Culture Term, for those of you who are ignorant liberals (or who just pretend to be on HA).

ExpressoBold on February 15, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Notice that one of the things that flashed on the screen was the Japanese Internment. Yeah, because Japanese Americanstyle are really having a hard time competing in modern America.

JamesB on February 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM

If this were really a modern video, it would show that about one third of the blacks get killed before the race ever starts — by liberal whites. It would show crappy schools, many of them staffed by black teachers who were socially promoted in the teacher colleges and who cannot teach the subjects the students need to learn.

It would illustrate everything that Condi Rice told the Republican convention a few years ago about bad education being the civil rights issue of our time.

But no, these guys need to deal with older stuff, because older stuff can be used to make new voters vote the right way — against their own interests.

unclesmrgol on February 16, 2016 at 1:07 AM

Crackas are all rich and can even control the weather. Got it.

MJBrutus on February 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM