In the town of Westport, Connecticut, the local government has created a “white privilege” contest for teens, with winners receiving up to $1,000 in prize money.
According to The Associated Press, the town’s “diversity council” chose the controversial topic.
Since the announcement of the contest, a public fervor of outcries and outrage has been rampant.
The town’s diversity council, in a counter-statement to public demands that the contest be terminated, claims that the competition will “foster understanding” on “white privilege” for the mostly Caucasian town.
The council wants the subject addressed by teenagers since it was a heavy topic during the presidential election.
The Westport government’s statement reads:
“As the nation faces historic social shifts relating to race and identity, young people will find themselves at the crossroads of a different America. In order to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote understanding in this arena, TEAM Westport (“Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism”) and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.”
According to the council, three winning essays will be selected, with prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500. The essay’s topic statement reads as follows:
“In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege.’ To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?”
In 2016, Westport held a different essay contest that focused on police shootings and race relations:
“In the past year a troubling number of highly charged and tragic incidents—from Ferguson to Charleston to Chicago—have prompted public discussions and protests on college campuses about the state of race relations in the U.S. People disagree on the nature of the problem and on the appropriate way to address divisions in our society. Potential entrants are then invited in 1,000 words or less to ‘describe how you, personally, make sense of the events that have occurred.'”
H/T: Free Beacon
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