A Virginia High School has come under fire from some parents who are unhappy about their kids learning about racism through the video below.
As part of a school-wide Black History Month program, Glen Allen High School screened a four-minute animated clip titled “The Unequal Opportunity Race” which uses a foot race as a metaphor for racial inequality in the United States.
In the video, two white runners and two black runners set up at the starting line of a race track. When the gun pops, the white runners take off, but the black runners are forced to sit there as their counterparts lap them repeatedly, passing dollar-sign-labeled batons that grow bigger by the second.
Throughout the film, a timer is running in the background, starting in 1492, when Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas. The black runners take off once the clock hits 1964, the year the Civil Right Act was passed, but still meet various obstacles along the way.
Several news outlets, including NBC, ABC, as well as Fox News, reported that some parents and guardians have criticized the school for showing the film, saying “it as a ‘white guilt’ video.”
Most people, however, seem to have taken things in stride, saying “the video could lead to productive discussion,” according to the report.
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