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

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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."

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