Wisconsin School System Encourages Students To Wear "White Privilege" Bracelets

I’m not sure how helpful things like this are for race relations:

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction runs several programs that emphasize racial issues.

One of those programs – an Americorps operation called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) – encourages white students to wear white wristbands that serve “as a reminder about your (white) privilege?”

The program for high school students “seeks to build capacity in schools and districts serving low-income families to develop an effective, sustainable, research-based program of family-school-community partnerships,”according to its Facebook page.

The problem here are the assumptions being made about people based on their skin color. We’re to automatically assume that being white means you’re privileged? Or that having some other skin color means you’re a victim?

Maybe we should stop putting people into groups based on their skin color.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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