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  • Writer's pictureJudy Ryde

Censoring White Privilege in Schools

I am shocked to see that Kemi Badenoch, the women and equalities minister, said in parliament on October 20th 2020, that the government does not want children to be taught about ‘white privilege and their inherited racial guilt‘ and goes on to say ‘any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law’. What is shocking is that a woman of colour can assert that white privilege is a matter of political opinion and, moreover, that if it is taught in schools, teachers are breaking the law. Teachers who teach about white privilege are informing students of a matter of truth, not a political opinion, and it redresses the balance from a time when colonisation was taught without showing how the wealth accumulated from the abuses perpetrated through colonisation and slavery, have made western countries rich, a privilege from which white people still benefit. My hope is that schools will not be brow beaten into accepting what amounts to censorship of truthful history.

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