EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – Edmond resident Kitty Deering said she was shocked and saddened to find out about a so-called white privilege card making its way through the corridors of a high school in Oklahoma around Valentine’s Day.
She said that while a ticket was given to her daughter, who is a student at Deer Creek High School, they actually sold for $ 10.
“I guess [the person that handed them out] She just wanted to announce that these were being purchased, “she added, gesturing toward the card.” They would just sell them, like a box of candy. “
With the glossy white background and black address, the card can easily be considered as a credit or debit card. However, a closer look indicates something much different, with the following language printed on the back: “This card gives the subject the happiness because it is your skin color and not the choices you make that determine your ability to succeed.”
“It hurts because I have a multicultural family and we have Caucasians and African-Americans in our household,” Deering said of the impact the card had on her daughter and family.
“And when you come to school and the Caucasians judge you based on skin color, it does not reflect love for who you are, no matter what race or nationality.”
Nexstar’s KFOR spoke on Wednesday with the creator of the card, who said the card was meant to look like a parody, not something designed to be taken seriously.
“We created this card as a joke,” said Joel Patrick, who is Black and sells the card at OfficalJoelPatrick.com. “If they say it seriously, it’s a personal problem with them. You do not turn around and tell someone you are better than them.”
Patrick said the card, which also carries a reference to former President Donald Trump, sold 200,000 units.
It appears on its website with a variety of other accessories, including clothing, headgear and accessories, and is also licensed for sale by other retailers.
Deer Creek High School principals said they acted quickly when they learned the card was being handed over at the school, adding that they did not “oppose any action that would be considered discriminatory or harmful to any student or staff member.”
Officials also said they were able to pull most of the tickets out of the students within hours of reporting, and that students who sold the tickets “paid compensation and received additional consequences.”
Deering said the issue points to a larger problem stemming from racial tension and bias in the county, which has often not been addressed by principals and is difficult for parents and other students to talk about.
“There have been years of ongoing problems of separation here in Nahal Zvi between staff, between students, between the community,” Deering said. “There were private Instagram pages, [other] Social media pages of very degrading things and [things like ] The use of the word N is very free. ”
“And I understand that,” she added. “Children are going to be careless. They will just be a part of what is happening in the world today. [But] We must change that. That’s not how I raise my children. “
Officials at the school said the district has a total minority number of 39% and speaks 47 languages.
“I just want a decision to change the course of what’s happening in Deer Creek. We just need to unite as a community, not just for one race but for all the races that live here.”