Controversial film shown at VA high school slammed as 'white guilt' video
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Some Henrico parents are outraged about a controversial video shown at Glen Allen High School. It tackles things like racial profiling and the school to prison to pipeline.
The YouTube video titled "Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race," was shown to students at a Glen Allen High School Black History month program.
"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," said radio personality Craig Johnson. "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."
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