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THE ‘POWER’ OF WHITE PRIVILEGE


“For a lot of people, the notion of a white privilege is  a difficult one to grasp. As sociologist Peggy McIntosh argues in “***White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” white privilege is akin to an invisible package of unearned assets that whites can count on cashing in each day. As just one example, McIntosh notes that she “can go shopping alone most of the time,” well assured she “will not be followed or harassed.” Despite plenty of empirical evidence attesting to the existence of white privilege, many people—white people, in particular—are unable to recognize it in their daily lives. This invisibility appears to be by design, and indeed, unearned privileges are powerful and persistent precisely because whites are socialized not to see them. Yet failing to acknowledge unearned privilege is failing to acknowledge the existence of institutionalized racism, and what is not acknowledged stands little chance of being fixed. In the above clip, author and educator Joy DeGruy recounts a story about a time she read more … and
**** Read ‘White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack’ in this blog

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