Connecticut town to award $1,000 to winning teen essay on ‘white privilege’

Connecticut town to award $1,000 to winning teen essay on ‘white privilege’

[Ed. – Yes, you read that right.  Not a school district, or a community institution.  A TOWN.  You probably won’t be surprised to learn that it’s Westport (motto: So Insulated from Normal America We Can Afford to Act like Morons).]

A small town in Connecticut is holding an essay contest for teens on “white privilege,” with winners receiving up to $1,000.

The contest is sparking outrage, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, as residents of Westport, Conn., are questioning why the town’s “diversity council” chose the topic.

In a press release announcing the contest, the town government said the competition for teenagers in the mostly white town will “foster understanding” on “white privilege,” claiming it was a topic in the presidential election. …

According to the town government, “The focus of this fourth essay contest is the issue of ‘white privilege,’ which surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election.” Hillary Clinton received more than twice the votes of Donald Trump in Westport during the election.

The essay topic 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?”

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