High School To Pay $1,000 for Essay Best Describing “White Privilege”

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A high school in Westport, Connecticut is holding an essay contest where $1,000 will be paid to the grand prize winner.   To participate in the contest, students have to express their thoughts in 1,000 words or less about “white privilege.”

The Staples High School contest page notes additional information to make the essay more impactful. 

The page goes on to state that the purpose of the competition is to “increase awareness, foster understanding and promote understanding in this arena, as white privilege became a topic during the recent presidential election.”

It also notes that “As the nation faces historic social shifts relating to race and identity, young people will find themselves at the crossroads of a different America.”

TEAM Westport  (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism), which is co-sponsoring the contest, says it aims to achieve and celebrate a more welcoming, multicultural community.

The group’s chairman said a primary focus and concern of the organization has been the impact of the town’s relatively low levels of racial and ethnic diversity on our children.  The chairman said, “This year’s essay topic provides our young people an opportunity to reflect upon that impact, and make their personal statements about it in very meaningful ways.”

The contest, which is set to end February 27th, has a 2nd place prize of $750 and a third place price of $500.

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