Should we teach school students about white privilege?

Filling the pail

A few years back, I taught at a school in London. My senior physics students were highly able and so we organised for them to go on a trip to Cambridge University. When they came back, I had a chat with two of them about their experience.

At this point, it is necessary to note that one of these students was from a Somali background and the other was from a Nigerian background. They told me about their accommodation and the talks they had attended. Then they told me about going to a souvenir shop and being followed around by the shopkeeper.

I became angry. They laughed. I was horrified that they laughed.

White privilege‘ is the concept that there are certain privileges associated with being a white person in a society like Britain, the U.S. or Australia, privileges that white people are often unaware that they possess…

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