Students at a private school in London are taught about ‘white privilege’, which includes discussions about public treatment of Meghan Markle in relation to her royal racism claims and why James Bond has always been played by a white man.
The curriculum also asks why all British Prime Ministers have been white so far.
St Dunstan’s College, based in Catford, south – east London, introduced the program in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which re-emerged last year following the assassination of George Floyd in the United States.
The school, where fees can go up to £ 19,000 a year, accepts children from the age of three, but the white privilege classes start from the age of nine.
Meghan and Harry are a hot topic with discussions in place about the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which it was revealed that some royal family members were concerned about Archie’s skin color, The Sunday Times reported.
The interview shocked viewers as the couple revealed the extent of their breakup with the company and accused an unnamed member of the royal family in racism, suggesting that the relative had asked ‘how dark’ their son would be.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said some members of the royal family were concerned about Archie’s complexion
The couple also accused the palace of not supporting a ‘suicidal’ Meghan.
Why James Bond has always been portrayed as a white man is also considered in the curriculum, although the next actor to play him could be of black heritage with Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page a favorite among challengers.
The 31-year-old actor is a popular choice among bookmakers to take on 007, after suggesting he could be a good successor to Daniel Craig earlier this year.
The school, where fees can go up to £ 19,000 a year, accepts children from the age of three, but the white privilege classes start from the age of nine
Principal Nicholas Hewlett told MailOnline: ‘It’s about helping young people understand the importance of picking up, listening and addressing societal issues that are important.
‘We risk an increasingly polarized society where different generations are entrenched in their positions of diversity and it can not be healthy.
The white privilege course looks at why James Bond has always been played by a white man
‘Schools have a crucial role to play in tackling these issues and concepts by airing them and discussing them, helping young people hear different views and formulating their own way of thinking.
‘This is far more important than what white privilege is or is not.’
This year, the principal announced that he was married to a man in an assembly.
Students also learn about ‘microaggressions’.
This describes cases where daily life, which may seem harmless, can marginalize them from minority backgrounds, such as touching a student’s Afro or not making an effort to learn a student’s name if it is too difficult to pronounce.
Students will look at real-life examples, such as when Dawn Butler’s MP was told that the lift she used in the House of Commons was not for cleaning assistants, and when Tory MP James Gray mixed cabinet ministers Nadhim Zahawi and Sajid Javid, who both is Asian heritage.
Last week, Tory MP Jonathon Gullis called the term ‘white privilege’ ‘racist’ and ‘extremist’.
Jonathon Gullis, a Stoke-on-Trent North MP, said in a statement that he had been told that “left-wing Twitter is melting” because he said the use of the term in schools, colleges and universities are extremist
After receiving backlash for his comments, Gullis (pictured) has since defended his comments, urging them to believe that all whites have privileges to visit parts of Stoke-on-Trent where poverty is high.
He also said that teachers who use the term should face a disciplinary hearing and that people who say it should be reported to Prevent.
After receiving backlash for his comments, Gullis has since defended his comments, urging them to believe that all whites have privileges to visit parts of Stoke-on-Trent where poverty is high.
Gullis said on Facebook: ‘I would urge any left-leaning warrior to visit Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke and try [to] tell people there that they are somehow ‘privileged’. I suppose they did not like the answer they get. ‘
Debate over whether the term should be used in schools has existed a lot in recent months.
Earlier this year, Tory Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch said the term ‘white privilege’ should not be taught in schools because it is ‘unnecessarily antagonistic’.
She wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: ‘As a person who grew up in Nigeria, where there is only one skin color but over 300 ethnic groups, the more ethnic identity is emphasized, the weaker the national identity becomes.’
But this summer, the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) also argued that the concept should be taught to introduce ‘racism is a problem for white people, rather than for black people’, The Telegraph reported.