Spokesperson: 'White Privilege' post takes Opportunity Zone presentation out of context
Hamilton County Schools has responded to a Facebook post that appears to show teachers receiving a lesson on White Privilege.
The post in question was made by Patrick Hampton Friday morning. In it, three slides are shown with titles reading 'White Privilege' and 'Racism'.
In the post, under the slide titled 'White Privilege', the following points read:
- White privilege is both a legacy and a cause of racism
- White privilege exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases
- Less likely to be followed, interrogated or searched by law enforcement
- Skin tone will not affect their credit or financial responsibility
- When accused of crime, portrayed as good person
- Don't lose opportunities when mistakes are made
In the post, under the slide titled 'Racism', the following points read:
- People of color cannot be racist because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives.
- Even if minorities sometimes complain about whites, such complaints serve as coping mechanisms to withstand racism rather than actual anti-white bias.
- Even when minorities express or practice prejudice against whites they are not racists.
Hampton voiced his anger in the post, saying "This is what Hamilton County employees and teachers had to sit through. This is called professional development. The liberal left is running the school systems and pushing their agenda onto our children with our tax dollars. #GetOut"
Hampton finishes by saying taxpayers should be furious, and ends with "Lesson: Eternal Victimology 101."
Hampton tells us he is not a teacher, and that the pictures were sent to him by a teacher friend who was upset by the presentation.
Hamilton County Schools says the slides shared were taken out of context from a teacher professional development presentation given to Opportunity Zone teachers on Friday.
Spokesman Tim Hensley tells us the topic was actually how adverse childhood experiences can impact behavior in the classroom.
Hensley says the slides were from guest speaker Robert Jac