City of Edmonton pulls “white privilege” message from its anti-racism website

The controversial Edmonton anti-racism campaign that called on whites to “acknowledge your white privilege” has now removed the prominent references to “white privilege”. Paula Simons reports:

Lewis Cardinal is a member of the Racism-Free Edmonton board, and a member of the board of Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice. He says he can’t understand how the “white privilege” message ended up as the main point of the website. He’d been told McIntosh’s essay would be one of a number of pieces of background material on the site, not its key message.

“I think that it was a huge mistake,” says Cardinal. “I have no idea why they launched it with that sitting on the front page. Obviously, I didn’t approve that. I don’t know how it slipped by, but it definitely didn’t get us off on the right foot.”

“The website,” he says “is going to be changed, right away, absolutely.”

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“Acknowledge your white privilege,” says city of Edmonton.

Anti-racism campaign fights ‘white privilege’:

EDMONTON – Controversy is brewing over a city-sponsored anti-racism campaign that calls on Caucasians to recognize their “white privilege”.

Edmonton, Alberta deserves a lot of credit for bringing up white privilege in an anti-racism campaign, since bringing up white privilege tends to make you politically unpopular. (Sadly, it is unlikely that anything like this would happen in Toronto any time soon.)

Here is the text of the controversial webpage, What can you do to stop racism?:

What can you do to stop racism?

Acknowledge your white privilege.

White privilege refers to all the benefits we get just for being white. Most of us are aware of how racism hurts others, but we’re not aware of how it benefits us.
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