Town council surprised ‘white privilege’ essay contest doesn’t go over well

The town of Westport, Connecticut, sponsored an essay contest on the subject of “white privilege” last month, and — as it turns out — some diversity council members were surprised that it didn’t go over so well.

“There’s a lot more controversy around it than many of us expected,” Harold Bailey Jr., chairman of Westport’s diversity council, told the Associated Press this week. “Just the fact it says ‘white’ and ‘privilege,’ for some people that’s all they need to see, and all of a sudden, we’re race-baiting or trying to get people to feel guilty. That’s not at all what it’s about.”

As TheBlaze reported in January, the local high schooler with the winning essay describing in 1,000 words word or less their thoughts on “white privilege” would receive a $1,000 award. The point of the contest was to “increase awareness, foster understanding and promote understanding in this arena.”

“As the nation faces historic social shifts relating to race and identity, young people will find themselves at the crossroads of a different America,” the government page about the contest reads, describing “white privilege” as a topic that surfaced “during the recent presidential election.”

16 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • William Merrell says:

    Who are these assholes and why would they ever think this is OK? But, if we had a “White History Month” or dedicated “White Colleges” these same clowns would be up in arms and the snowflakes would be slithering out of the woodwork (like the cockroaches they are).

    1. the whistler says:

      William Merrell I believe your 4th word summarized who they are!! The rest of your post is just the ‘Homerun’ after calling the shot!

  • Tiger says:

    Nothing these Progressive/Communist liberal milksops are doing is going over well anymore. But then we are not out of the woods yet. Seems the new Mantra from the left is Trump is reckless and putting us in danger. Pelosi and others crying it and many Democrats, yes actually people in office are boldly and loudly calling for a coup. There are also Hollywood stars who are pushing it and we see it in the signs carried now, Revolution and Coup. They also call for bloodshed they want to kill us, they mean it and they think the military will back them, boy will they learn differently. They forget the bulk of the military and the Police etc were all in for Trump. Anyway keep your powder dry.

    1. the whistler says:

      The Military is also primarily comprised of the Deplorables and our children…I know which side mine are on…The Left really thinks the Military is a bunch of sissies/PC/LGBTQIE/ traitor losers like them. They have no idea how much the huge majority loathe the left’s candyasses. They protect this country because of it’s Constitutional Freedoms…not because of some demonic death wish exhibited by the left and their masochistic self destructive policies.

      1. Tiger says:

        Exactly and I am a Combat Support nurse since 1988, served in two wars and my children know the truth and they also know what side they are on. O tried he tried hard but the military, for the most part is on our side and they won’t go along with this. Plus you have all the vets home from these wars, like me and my neighbors along with all the vets from other wars, the bikers for Trump, the militia etc.

        We will see.

  • Luke says:

    I’ll never apologize for being white just like they won’t apologize for being hateful..

  • justinwachin says:

    There is nothing like clueless politicians holding writing contests which seek to highlight divisions among its citizens.

    The people who came up with this writing contest are part of the swamp which President Trump is hoping to drain. They seek to create and encourage division. Maybe their next topics can be black crime, whining liberals, exploding Muslims or illegal Mexicans. It may be time for the voters to call the people who came up with this idea former diversity council members.

  • roboteq says:

    It’s a bit difficult for an old White guy whose family relied on government food subsidy programs in the 1960’s for sustenance, only to lose that help when we became the wrong skin color of choice for the program. I’ve worked hard all of my life, spending my meager pay to get out of bad neighborhoods rather than buying expensive TV’s and vehicles. Others who lived in poverty, like Dr. Ben Carson far exceeded even my accomplishments, so privilege had nothing to do with our skin color, it had to do with our determination to succeed. White privilege is as much a myth as any other racial barrier is. The main thing keeping Black Americans from succeeding is Progressive liberal intervention into their lives. When we are in need of a hand up, we get hand outs and are told that the moment we attempt to better ourselves, the hand outs will be taken away. It’s a Socialist trap.

  • Bob says:

    White privilege is a term used to get white people to feel guilty and allow failing ideologies to succeed. It’s the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. Most whites have adopted a culture that results in success. The left discounts the fact that whites, like everybody else, still have to work to accomplish this success. They attribute success or failure entirely to the color of one’s skin.
    There are consequences to ones actions. Simply, some actions result in good outcomes, others don’t. They don’t realize that the culture of success isn’t race or color exclusive.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get different results. The left has gone crazy…. but their leaders are crazy like foxes.

  • CCblogging says:


    There are African Americans,
    Mexican Americans,
    Asian Americans,
    Arab Americans,
    Native Americans, etc.
    …And then there are just –

    You have the United Negro College Fund.
    You have Martin Luther King Day.
    You have Black History Month.
    You have Cesar Chavez Day.
    You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
    You have the NAACP.
    And you have BET.

    If we had WET
    (White Entertainment Television)
    … We’d be racists.

    If we had a White Pride Day
    … You would call us racists.

    Then there is so-called
    gay pride day

    If we had White History Month
    … We’d be racists.

    If we had a White Miss America Contest
    …We’d be racists

    If we had any organization for only whites
    To “advance” OUR lives
    … We’d be racists.

    We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
    A Black Chamber of Commerce,
    And then we just have the plain
    Chamber of Commerce.
    Wonder who pays for that?

    If we had a college fund that only gave
    White students scholarships
    … You know we’d be racists.

    There are over 60 openly proclaimed
    Black-only Colleges in the US,
    Yet if there were “White-only Colleges”
    … THAT would be a racist college.

    In the Million Man March,
    You believed that you were
    Marching for your race and rights.
    If we marched for our race and rights,
    … You would call us racists.

    You are proud to be black,
    Brown, yellow and orange,
    And you’re not afraid to announce it.
    But when we announce our white pride
    …You know we would be racists

    If a white police officer
    Shoots a black gang member
    Or beats up a black drug-dealer
    Who is running from the LAW and
    Posing a threat to ALL of society
    … You call him a racist.

    …If you are white and don’t support Obama’s Fascist Socialist change, then you are a racist.

    …If you are black and don’t support Obama’s Fascist Socialist change, then you are an Uncle Tom

    …If you are black and you voted for Obama because he is considered black, what are you?

    You call me a racist?

    I call you a Hypocrite!

    1. the whistler says:

      I wish I could just press on the thumbs up button for an hour to express my agreement with your post. So true…every ‘friggin’ day we hear renditions of one or all of those statements…ad infinatum for the past 30+ years!!
      I believe the next thing , is that the police better start enforcing laws and stop all of this wanton proprty damage ( the insurance companies are a big lobby and this is getting expensive). I can also tell you this …and I’m sure I’m not alone with this sentiment.. if the police don’t start being more proactive….the ‘ (in)Tolerant Left’ are going to hurt or kill the wrong person of the wrong family OR the ‘normal people’ will just snap and start defending themselves more agressively. You want to see a bunch of Chickenshits run…wait for some active retaliation to start. ….If it does though the Deplorables have really had enough and it could turn into a shark feeding frenzy

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    White privilege: The thrill of being blamed for other people’s shortcomings, criminal inclinations, lack of motivation, and delusions of persecution.

    “Diversity” is a false god built by communist leftists.

  • the whistler says:

    As usual the Libs play the bait game. The only answer they want is the ‘reverse House Negro’ game of ‘ yes massahs I dun be guilty of abusin’ black folk ’cause my white a$$ dun hate all dem minority disillegal immgrants, mouslims, and everybody else who ain’t like my white a$$…Also dey be only jellous ’cause everything dun was handed to my white a$$ while me be doin’ nuffin'”.
    The middle class is the hardest working segment of this society.It encompasses all colors and creeds. It is also the least judgemental because we all had to work our butts off for everything we have. We were handed nothing…and when the opportunity presents itself we will open a small business…and others can possibly make themselves better…if they work hard enough. The world is a jungle ..ultimately it comes down to survival of the fittest.Success is never guaranteed but it is waiting for each of us if we ‘keep on keepin’ on’. In our lifetimes none of us have been slaveholders and the minorities have never been slaves.
    Here’s the reality of ‘White Privilege’ the Muslims and Extreme Left are the haters and want to control the world and are the minions of the NWO…The freedom loving ‘Middle Class (aka the privileged white…regardless of color) will have the privilege of taking out this trash to stop the NWO.

  • Bob says:

    And liberals wonder why there is a racial divide in this country, and it’s getting worse because of crap like this. How would they feel about a essay entitled “black privilege”?

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      Aka remuneration, “affirmative action”, welfare, race baiting (Fukquran, Sharpton, et al.) and for the last 8 years, sanctioned lawlessness.

    2. Daniel Hebert says:

      For one, they would immediately proclaim that the request is RACIST.

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