Michael Perchick, WTVD-TV, April 3, 2018
The mother of a second-grader at Hunter Magnet Elementary in Raleigh is upset about a sheet that explained white privilege was sent home with her child.
Amber Pabon said the two-sided sheet was in his folder when he came home last month.
On one side, it discusses white representation in government, the military, media, and education. On the other, it lists examples of white privilege in society.
Pabon said she believes the content is also not proper for such a young child.
“He’s 8 years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?” Pabon asked.
The sheet is titled “Step 3: (Begin to) Understand the Concept of White Privilege.” Pabon said she did not receive any previous steps or forms about the topic.
In a brief note at the top of the sheet, it notes that this is part of an initiative led by the school’s PTA Advocacy Team.
It states that the initiative is “focusing on generating awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter Community.”
They added that steps are sent home weekly, and are also e-mailed and posted to the PTA’s Facebook page.
Since it began, the PTA noted it has received overwhelmingly positive feedback