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The HCPS School Board Should Rescind Its Apology for the Structural Discrimination Video

Members of the Henrico County School Board issued several statements of apology after a four-minute video, "Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race," was shown to students at Glen Allen High School. This video provided a basic explanation of historic and modern racial inequality. Disappointing apologies were made by members of the School Board following this viewing. Henrico School Board Chairwoman Michelle F. Ogburn said, "It is our goal to prevent the recurrence of this type of event."

We are people of conscience who are concerned that the HCPS School Board is denying its students the opportunity to fully understand the issues of our society. We believe that encouraging difficult conversations about America's racial history and present is integral to building "contributing citizens," part of the mission statement of HCPS. This is why we are asking the Henrico School Board to rescind its apologies about the viewing of the Structural Discrimination video and to commit itself more fully to enlightening the next generation. 

 

 

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  • Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw


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