The Derby writer in the May 10 Buffalo News “allow teacher to educate …” supports the Orchard Park teacher in her efforts to educate young students about “white privilege.” He chastises the Orchard Park father who dares to challenge how and what his children are being taught. I wish to remind readers that the concept of white privilege is not sacrosanct and should be open to intelligent scrutiny.
Unlike the Derby writer my ancestors did not emigrate from Sicily They transplanted from Niagara Street and Holy Cross parish in search of greater opportunity, maybe buy a home and live in a community with healthy values. This same concept of values such as delayed gratification, sacrifice, respect for authority and education can be found among Asian, European, Arabic, Jewish cultures and on. And all of these ethnic and racial groups have done well in America and Canada.
I’ve never met anyone in my world who does not support equal opportunity and justice. For sure so much more needs to be achieved to help disenfranchised African Americans receive fairness in justice and economics. But consider: Many Black intellectuals have challenged their own peoples’ ways of living and beliefs. Folks like Shelby Steele, Candace Owens, Robert Woodson, Jason Riley – even newcomer Lawrence Jones. Advocates of white privilege concepts could accomplish so much greater good and avoid resistance if the enlightenment they wish to pass down to our children is very comprehensive, inspiring and has the objective to bring us all together.