Virginia school district nixes video on race after criticism

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Posted: Feb 11, 2016 3:16 PM

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia has decided not to use a video about race and affirmative action after it made students uncomfortable and drew criticism from parents who called it "white guilt."

The video was shown at Glen Allen High School during two assemblies for Black History Month. It depicts several runners on a track, with black runners facing insurmountable obstacles while white runners are unimpeded.

The four-minute video is titled "Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race." It was created for the African American Policy Forum.

Henrico County School Board Chairwoman Michelle Ogburn apologized to those who were offended and said administrators across the district have been instructed not to use the video. She says steps are being taken to prevent the use of racially divisive materials in the future.