If only white people could see the wildly racist white supremacy culture that dominates America and prevents minorities from living a peaceful and happy existence. That’s the focus of the Chicago Theological Seminary’s new program and video produced to bring naive whites into the “white privilege” progressive mindset – that white folks in America enjoy a system of special perks not afforded to everyone else, and that system is hopelessly stacked against minorities. The Seminary video, “White Privilege Glasses,” “depicts a white man seeing the world – from interactions with everyone from the police to taxi drivers – through the eyes of his black friends,” Colorlines reports. The CTS video both exposes the seminary’s perspective on race and illustrates the white privilege mindset that’s becoming increasingly common in public school teacher training programs. In numerous school districts across the country, far-left groups like the Pacific Educational Group and others are securing massive consulting contracts to promote white privilege and race-based teaching.
The roughly 70-second video starts off with a goofy white guy meeting with his well-dressed, cultured black friends in an upscale bar for coffee. “I don’t know, white privilege, I just don’t see it,” the white guy says. The couple look at each other with a knowing glance. “You know what you need,” the black man tells his friend as he slips a pair of 3D-style glasses from his front pocket. “What are these?” whitie asks. “White privilege glasses,” the woman explains. “It helps you see the world the way we do.” The video cuts to the white man on the street, with a woman pushing a stroller towards him. He slips on the glasses to dramatic music and the woman immediately scowls, hides her purse, and moves away quickly. Next, he looks up to the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street, which transform to the corner Slave Owner and Slave Owner when he dons the white privilege glasses. In a neighborhood store, the shop owner transforms – from welcoming to suspicious – when viewed through the white privilege glasses. It’s the same situation with a local policeman, who nods to his white friend but turns to attack mode with glasses on. “Can you see White Privilege?” flashes across the video. Just in case the answer is still a no, CTS provides one last example. The white friend, glasses on, fails to hail a taxi. He takes off the glasses and shakes his head. “Come in for your free pair of glasses,” the video reads, providing a white privilege glasses website. CTS explains its motivation for the video on the site:
The mission of CTS is to work towards greater social justice. And nowhere is this more needed than in the area of race. To this end, CTS has created a web video to shine the light on White Privilege. We believe the racial divide will only change when the collective “we” understand the concepts of privilege and begin to identify and correct the systems that advantage one group over the other. We intend for this White Privilege Glasses video to spark discussions and inspire dialogue about this very serious issue. We want to start people thinking, talking … acting.
The CTS video, of course, sparked immediate and overwhelmingly negative backlash on YouTube and numerous news publications. The Independent Sentinel offered its take on the video, as well as its CTS launch event: The Chicago Theological Seminary, the organization that produced the short video, launch event on Monday, debuting the video and holding a Q&A about the program. The speaker talked about white supremacy and white privilege as if they were synonymous. During the event, the spokesperson said the pastors are pushing the notion of white privilege and white supremacy. She added that when people are first asked what white privilege means to them, they react with “shame and fear”. Personally, I don’t. I react with anger and disgust at this wildly far-left thought filtering through our nation as if it were legitimate. White privilege is bigotry against whites. It’s a way of saying whites are inherently racist and should think of their white privilege day and night. People must start standing up against this kind of angry, divisive ideology from the far-left who are actually making this mainstream.