The diversity council of Westport, Connecticut is under fire for sponsoring an essay contest around the controversial topic of “white privilege.” The contest, which is open to local high school students and offers a $1,000 grand prize, asks entrants to write essays based on the following topic:
“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?”
As it pertains to the students of Westport, Connecticut, racial privilege is probably a distant concern compared to the privilege of wealth. The city boasts a median income of $150,000 and is ranked as one of the richest communities in the United States. It is also, however, a liberal hotbed; Hillary Clinton easily bested Donald Trump among Westport voters in the recent election.
Perhaps those results made the diversity council, known as TEAM Westport, believe that the community would eagerly embrace the leftist concept of white privilege.
They were wrong.
“It’s an open town,” resident Bari Reiner told reporters. “There are no barricades here. Nobody says if you’re black or whatever, you can’t move here.”
Reiner was one of many residents who found the essay contest offensive and needlessly accusatory.
“There’s a lot more controversy around it than many of us expected,” admitted the council’s chairman, Harold Bailey Jr. “Just the fact it says ‘white’ and ‘privilege,’ for some people that’s all they need to see, and all of a sudden we’re race-baiting or trying to get people to feel guilty. That’s not at all what it’s about.”
Of course that’s what it’s about. It’s about indoctrinating young whites to feel ashamed of their heritage and to believe that the only reason they’ll have any success in life is the color of their skin. It’s the left’s latest weapon in the war against personal achievement and accountability, and it’s sickening to see how quickly the concept is catching on.
This is racism, plain and simple. Worse, it reduces everyone to a labeled group, saddling them with an unnecessary identity that can then be used for cynical political gain. It may be impossible to eradicate this “white privilege” concept, but we should damn well do our best to oppose it every time it rears its ugly head.