‘I don’t want him to feel bad about the fact that he was born white,’ parent complains after school lesson

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Mancelona students were given an English assignment titled white privilege and whiteness, asking students to reflect on how white privilege operates in their personal lives. (WPBN)

An “English” assignment about “white privilege” has some parents of students in Michigan’s Mancelona Public Schools up in arms.

One can only imagine the uproar if black students were pointedly asked to write critically about their skin color, but Mancelona students were given the assignment, titled “White Privilege and Whiteness,” which asked them to reflect on how white privilege operates in their personal lives.

Parents are saying they believe the assignment isn’t appropriate.

“No, that’s not what they are there to teach. This isn’t English,” said one parent who wished to remain anonymous, possibly fearing liberal “cancellation” of their comments, reputation, job or even their child.

Mancelona Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey DiRosa defended the patently racist assignment, saying: ““I think it’s an appropriate topic to at least explore at least briefly … just to bring up and look at some different perspectives and then that is a good way to go home and have a discussion around those perspectives.”

If you’re white, that is.

ABC 13 News said they were told the assignment was given to a high school English class on March 1 as part of a unit on diversity.

The assignment claimed to give examples of “white privilege” and information on how to acknowledge it.

“This is not school curriculum material this is something that you need to be learning at home from us,” the parent said.

“He’s a good kid. I don’t want him to feel bad about the fact that he was born white. He’s not racist; he accepts anybody that treats him decently.”

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