The US based National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is claiming that the traditional nuclear family – consisting of father, mother, and children, is just an extension of white supremacy.
With members across 35 countries, the NCFR work as teachers, program developers, and counsellors, according to the organization’s website.
According to The Federalist, an NCFR webinar titled “Toward Dismantling Family Privilege and White Supremacy in Family Science,” the organization offers continuing education credits for its members to learn that the field of “Family Science” is “struggling” with “how it privileges certain types of families over others.”
The webinar is described by the NCFR as follows:
“Like White privilege, family privilege is an unacknowledged and unearned benefit instantiated in U.S. laws, policies, and practices and bestowed upon traditional or ‘standard’ nuclear families to the disadvantage of non-traditional configured family systems (e.g., sole-parent families, unmarried committed partners rearing children together, grandparents raising grandchildren).”
“Family privilege is defined as the benefits, often invisible and unacknowledged, that one receives by belonging to family systems long upheld in society as superior to all others. It serves to advantage certain family forms over others and is typically bestowed upon White, traditional nuclear families.”
The NCFR says the family of mammy, daddy, and children has mistakenly been upheld as “superior to all others” and “creates systemic barriers to equal opportunity and justice for all families.”
Their webinar will facilitate attendees to “examine, recognise, and learn how to dismantle the manifestations of family privilege in our social systems by using an intersectional framework developed by critical feminist and race scholars”.
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