‘White Privilege’ Essay Contest Sparks Backlash

A town in Connecticut that is 93 percent white has raised public outcry against a student essay contest that asks applicants to write about “white privilege,” a topic that some find inflammatory. What do you think?

“Whoa, there’s a town in Connecticut that’s only 93 percent white?”

Sebastian Rich • Paella Chef


“When white people come together to speak out against being made uncomfortable, there’s nothing they can’t do.”

Howie Tobin • Cage Latcher

“Well, people tend to bristle at perceived threats to their deeply ingrained dominant social standing. There ought to be a term for that phenomenon.”

Celeste Parks • Vacuum Servicer