As part of Black History Month, the Unequal Opportunity Race, a short animated video produced by AAPF, was shown to students at Glen Allen High School in Henrico County, Virginia. The clip was included as part of a program to facilitate a conversation on structural racism. Despite accurately illustrating historical events and contemporary racial inequities, a few conservative activists labelled the educational tool as a "white guilt video," and the story was picked up by national right-wing outlets such as Fox News
The Board of Education heightened the controversy by denouncing the video as “racially divisive.” Micky Ogburn, the School Board’s Chair, apologized for showing the video and stated that "school leaders have been instructed not to use the video in our schools.”
We cannot stand for an education system in which European history is presented as “neutral” while Ethnic and Racial Studies that focus on other experiences are labelled as “divisive” and thrown out of our classrooms. We cannot stand by as our stories are labelled as irrelevant to our country’s social reality, while anything that lifts up the struggles of people of color are deemed racist!
This country has a continued legacy of banning educational content deemed as threatening to the status quo. This cannot be allowed to stand.
Join us in rejecting the censorship of our history and experiences from our nation’s schools!
CLICK HERE to watch the Unequal Opportunity Race Video and read more about the information presented in the video