Crea­tin­ga­so­ciet­yinw­hich ra­ce­will­di­vi­deour­na­tion

La Jornada (Canada) - - ENGLISH SECTION -

Tho­se pa­rents who ob­jec­ted to such a con­ten­tious de­ba­te being im­ple­men­ted wit­hout any con­sul­ta­tion we­re met with abu­se on so­cial me­dia and bland as­su­ran­ces from ad­mi­nis­tra­tors “that anyt­hing that furt­hers that dis­cus­sion and un­ders­tan­ding amongst our stu­dents is a good thing.”

The­re was no ack­now­led­ge­ment that pa­rents might want to ha­ve had a say in what their chil­dren we­re being in­doc­tri­na­ted in­to or that the who­le no­tion of “whi­te pri­vi­le­ge” is highly con­tro­ver­sial and di­vi­si­ve.

He­re’s a good way to test the no­tion of whi­te pri­vi­le­ge in ac­tion: if Downs sin­ce­rely be­lie­ves that she has “un­fairly be­ne­fit­ted from the co­lour of [her] skin,” then she needs to ta­ke steps in her li­fe and ca­reer.

Downs’ si­tua­tion is si­mi­lar to one fa­ced by King Clau­dius in Sha­kes­pea­re’s Ham­let. Clau­dius feels guilty about his sin and seeks God’s par­don. Clau­dius knows, ho­we­ver, that he can’t le­gi­ti­ma­tely ask God for for­gi­ve­ness be­cau­se he still pos­ses­ses the fruits of his cri­mes. He asks the rhe­to­ri­cal ques­tion, “May one be par­do­ned and re­tain the of­fen­ce?” whi­le clearly un­ders­tan­ding that one can­not.

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