Teachers Given White Privilege Training Claiming Only Whites Can Be Racist

The Hamilton County school board was outraged "white privilege" lessons were taught during teacher in-service training.

Hamilton County, TN – Public school teachers from the Hamilton County’s 12 lowest-performing schools were given training on white privilege and told that only white people can be racist.

"This is what Hamilton County employees and teachers have to sit through. This is called professional development. The liberal left is running the systems that educate children," Patrick Hampton, a member of a local conservative group called Hamilton Flourishing, posted to Facebook with pictures of the slide presentation, The Chattanoogan reported.

Former professional football player Robert Jackson gave a presentation to the teachers at Bayside Baptist Church on Aug. 2 that was billed by the school district as a seminar on “how adverse childhood experiences can impact behavior in the classroom and methods to have effective classroom management,” the Tennessee Star reported.

Jackson’s presentation included slides titles “white privilege” and “racism” and imparted the following wisdom to the county’s teachers:

“People of color cannot be racist because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives.”

“Even if minorities sometimes complain about whites, such complaints serve as coping mechanisms to withstand racism rather than actual anti-white bias.”

“Even when minorities express or practice prejudice against whites they are not racists.”

“White privilege is both a legacy and a cause of racism.”

“White privilege exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases.”

Parents and school board members were furious when the content of the school district’s third Urban Education Institute became public, WRCB reported.

"It really hurts my heart that we have gone down this road," school board member Rhonda Thurman said. "The teachers deserve better than this."

Thurman said the whole mess made her feel emotional.

"I'm very angry that we are pitting races against each other," she told WRCB. "We are supposed to judge people by the content of their character not the color of their skin, and that is exactly what is happening here.”

As for the assertion that only white people can be racist, Thurman disagreed.

"That is just wrong. It's wrong on every level and you can't make it right," the school board member said.

Hamilton County Schools Spokesman Tim Hensley said that the slides from the presentation were taken out of context, WRCB reported.

“Hamilton County Schools regrets that there have been misinterpretations of a presentation today to Opportunity Zone Learning Community teachers,” the school district said in a statement posted to its official Facebook page.

“The slides are being misrepresented as a presentation on white privilege,” the district claimed in the statement. “For the slides in question, the speaker was reviewing terms that can impact perception and definitions attached to the terms when the slides were used. White Privilege was one of several terms on slides during the short part of the presentation.”

“The district will put additional safeguards in place for external presenters to ensure there is less potential of misinterpretation of the content shared in the future,” the statement said, and then offered happy quotes from seminar attendees.

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd said that the school superintendent had some explaining to do for the county commissioners, WRCB reported.

"Superintendent should be present in front of the Commissioners next Wednesday morning to explain this to us in person,” Boyd tweeted. “No excuses. I will be anxiously waiting for Dr Johnson’s public explanation."

Comments (139)
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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is interesting. I’d like to see how this plays out. I’ll be anxiously waiting to hear an explanation also.......

Justretired
Justretired

Holly fckin hell really, white privilege? I have brn brothers, blk brothers and white brothers that would condemn this with extreme prejudice. I just need to get off social media completely, done deleted FB account due to BS news and pot stirring. Just gets my blood pressure up which ain't good.

JBo
JBo

Lemme see if I got this right...a former NFL player is giving a class to teachers on how childhood experiences can impact their behavior.

Alrighty!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"People of color cannot be racist, because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives."

Somebody shoot me.

The dumb bastard that wrote that hasn't got a clue.

Fuck him. Fuck his idea of racism. Fuck anyone who agrees with him.

With blacks maintaining crime rates so high Guiness stop keeping track. There is no question who are the real racists.

They might not have the "institutional power" to adversely affect white ;ives, but they sure as hell use community power, subterfuge and crime to make up for it in spades! They are by far the greatest threat to this country at present.

Any of you whites clueless enough to feel guilty, I have no pity for you. Those who are afraid, fear not, good always triumphs over evil. It may get worse, before it gets better, but the good shall prevail.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

People of color cannot be racist, because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives.

Sorry, but that is institutionalized racism, completely unconstitutional, and the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!"

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

People of color can be prejudiced, not racist. Racism comes with institutional power, something people of color in America don't have.

Aramovich
Aramovich

OK. Not racist, but just as prejudiced as anyone else?

flybynight
flybynight

How about not teaching kids that the government is Santa Claus? Just an idea.

flybynight
flybynight

Looks like LCD is carrying the load by himself. Has his homies been recalled by $oro$ ?

cspcapt
cspcapt

Someone doesn't know the meaning of racism3

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

That they claim “blacks can’t be racist because they don’t have institutional power...” is an outright lie. Was not the power obama had as president of the United States “institutional” power? How about Ben Carson as head of HUD? How about Jah Johnson as head of Homeland Security? Are there not black school superintendents, principals, police chiefs, members of congress? Is all that not “institutional power”?

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I never thought something like this would ever be. We are all equal people but making these teachers sit through this is racism at its worst.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I know I just posted on here but I can not believe a school district would go to this level!! My blood is boiling knowing that people are putting this crap into schools is a prime reason why people send there kids to private schools or they home school them.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Hamilton County Schools Spokesman Tim Hensley said that the slides from the presentation were taken out of context,"

"Only whites can be racist" is nothing but pure leftist anti white propaganda and just because its printed on a screen doesn't make it any truer. Think for yourselves and refuse to be swayed or to be pressured to accept this nonsense. Think what would happen if you just refused to participate in watching this presentation. People of all backgrounds can be racist. The word " racist" has become THE most overused cliche' accusation currently used against someone as a way to embarrass, as a way to refuse to have discussion or debate , as a way to try to shut down the conversation or to attempt to maintain an upper hand. Blacks are as racist as they come and every time you hear a negative joke against whites on a BET program, award ceremony , or political interview,etc. note how prevalent it has become from this community. In these contexts note how it somehow is always "Ok" and acceptable in these circumstances . Hamilton County Schools Spokesman Tim Hensley said that the slides from the presentation were taken out of context. Screw Tim Hensley. Oh, and I hope that is not taken out of context.

biggmike1290
biggmike1290

So let me get this straight. If a person of color for instance a black man states he hates all whites That's prejudice not racism??Hmmmmmm I better reread my dictionary

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

What a crock of crap! Black people can't be racist? Get real!

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

Surprise...the libtards are moving heavily into Tennessee. I've found more black people are racist towards white people, and they say "reverse racism" doesn't exist.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

i've heard many people say they have made complaints regarding racism comments, and management advised that they whites cannot make complaints about discrimination or racist comments or attitudes made by non-whites.

ChadSRO548
ChadSRO548

The State of Kansas is involved in this sort of nonsense also. For the last several years KSCPOST has required annual continuing ed on "Implicit Bias" for all LEOs in the State. Since there was no valid study that actually proved cops are knowingly racist, these liberal college SJWs still had to justify their jobs. They changed their narrative. They said, "ok, you are still racist, but you just don't know it." However if you do some research on this topic, you will find that their method to determine implicit bias (Harvard Implicit Association Test) is inherently flawed.

Cops kid
Cops kid

So when I hear "cracker" I'm being offered a triscut ? Just so long as we know who's holding the whip is my response

Woobie46
Woobie46

This is what unionizing has done. They have run amok in every way. Time to drain the teachers in this country!

Skidoo
Skidoo

When I hear this afro-marxist crap it's clear that there will be no peace in the world until all of the white people are gone. Excluding good looking white bitches of course.

magnumforc
magnumforc

I love the county schools spokesman stating "out of context" bullshit. No, the liberal leftists have agreed that anyone who doesn't embrace, not simply accept, differences is a hate monger or racist. So glad my kids are grown and so sad my grandchildren have to be peppered with this crap.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Pushing the victim mentality??

hoss377
hoss377

I worked at a aircraft engine refurbishment company in Ohio,the most bigoted individuals were black,when complaints were made to H.R. we were told they wouldn't pursue racist complaints against anyone other that white?

LynnSB
LynnSB

Another Idiot !!

EskaAmin
EskaAmin

Is not saying only whites can be racist, a racist statement in itself?

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

The majority of all races aren't racist so why is it that the other Blacks feel that they can't be racist. When a Black kills a White it is left up to the Legal System to take care of it. When a White kills a Black in self defense or not without knowing the facts blame it on Whites suppressing the Black Man and they want blood so they riot, tear up the neighborhood and attack any White person they may see only because there White. If the verdict even prove that it was self defense the Blacks call racism. I know from life experience that there are Blacks that are racist. I have been in situations where I myself and at times with a couple of friends walking through a prominently Black area were threatened and sometimes attacked because I'm White. Each time it happened I was in the big Cities. I've never had any problems in small Cities and Towns plus I haven't seen neighborhoods get torn apart by riots because a White killed a Black they let the Legal System do there job. Don't get me wrong but there are a very few that show out with that racist chip on there shoulder like what happens with all races. There is NO race on Earth that can be said that that whole race is Racist.

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

I actually had a black guy tell me blacks can't be racist... I laughed at him.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

This is the most RACIST ‘presentation’ I’ve ever seen! What a freaking JOKE! Blacks are some of the most Racist people out there! And thanks to BO fueling it all to flames, it has gotten steadily worse ever since. Total BS!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The only thing close to white privilege I can think of that holds any water these days is that I can vote Republican or Democrat without being called a race traitor. Dems expect all blacks to vote Democrat, and 92% do. The ones that don't are chastised.

5150
5150

Some Blacks are just as racist as some Whites. I say some because the vast majority of either race are not racist. To say only whites can be racist goes against the definition of racism - prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

Sammyboy2018
Sammyboy2018

Anyone at that meeting should have immediately walked out after taping what was going on and gone straight to a newspaper with the story! This racist nonsense is a game to make you feel sorry for black people.Anyone can be racist. White,Black,Brown,Yellow ECT.

Shield20
Shield20

That should have been the first clue that this was a bad idea, an NFL player being used for sensitivity training. White privilege? No such thing, it's a made up term to further divide people. And anyone can be racist, it's a character issue, not a color issue. I know plenty of people that hate others for one reason or another and I know just as many people that simply judge you by your actions. Act like an idiot, get no respect...

tnredhead
tnredhead

HCBOE thinks we are idiots! Telling us "we misunderstood", what is there to misunderstand? Someone from the school board called Mr. Jackson, and planned on creating a greater divide. Shame on them.

JRPrince
JRPrince

People of color cannot be racist, because they lack the institutional power to adversely affect white lives. What the Hell are they talking about? Barack Hussein Obama affected millions of peoples lives. As a matter of fact, he ruined millions of lives with his institutional power. Institutional power? They run most of the urban cities , tell that to Elijah Cumming's constituents, I think he has certainly affected their lives. It's time that we stop this "poor me" Bullshit. Tell them to shut the Hell up and be productive. But first we must take back the education system and start actually "teaching" the kids the three R's and some discipline and respect again. As the President likes to say, "We need to make our schools Great Again"!

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

So sick of their shiiiiiiiii

Blacklivesmattertoo
Blacklivesmattertoo

Man.. these comments are depressing. Everybody coming in hot should be ashamed of themselves. Yeah, the presenter saying only whites are racists isn't any way legitimate for many reasons, but to reply with blacks are this or blacks did that isn't legitimate either. I was lucky to have grown up in a community of diverse people in Alaska and because everybody knew everybody, whenever someone did something wrong or whatever, it was because it was that individual specifically, not because of their race. Instantly responding with the "I'm not racist, black people are the racists" vibe isn't helping anybody. What if this said presenter put that slide in as a test to see who's going to sound off irrationally? Saying white privilege doesn't exist? What?! This is loosely an example Ms. Gillibrand had blessed us all with when speaking about white privilege - when a kid with a hoodie on and a bag of m&m's is walking on the street, it's his whiteness that protects him from getting shot. When their car is broken down or what have you and they need to knock on someone's door for help, their whiteness protects them. I'm a person of color, not black however, so when cops had jumped me for reaching into my pocket to grab my wallet, I wasn't shot dead. If I was white, maybe I wouldn't have been jumped by four or five officers. I'm 5'5'', 140lbs, a little excessive in my opinion. Anyways what I'm trying to get at is not all racist people are white, but not all racist people are black or people of color. Crime rates being super high because of black people only? That's on some deeper rooted, fuck shit going on when individuals with power abuse that shit. It's sad to see these comments instantly going for the bullshit and use their own prejudices to comment on this article and I wish and pray we can grow as human beings to stop all the fuck shit going on. If we don't, we're all doomed because we're all killing each other faster than the Earth is dying.

turtyle
turtyle

Al Sharpton, maxine Waters, Louis Farrakhan, Colin Kapernick, immediately come to mind. EVERY race spawns racists...they come in all colors, no exceptions.

Denass
Denass

I know it's not all blacks some blacks don't have a education,but this was done by surposily educated people that should know we just need to get along!!!

Smoken59
Smoken59

Agreed. I hope said Supervisors aren’t part of the problem here. I stopped watching NFL because of the Anti American antics... As for teachers you cannot teach concisely and distort the definitions of the English language. Any supposed educator that claims racism only works one way is pushing a false narrative, and is making a ridiculously dumb statement...