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White Privilege

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Angel Pittman

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Transcript of White Privilege

White Privilege
White Privilege
A video about white privilege
White Privilege
Have you seen it?
White privilege keeps us from true fellowship
Gives a false sense of achievement
Blinds us to the root causes of racism

White privilege
“I cannot, and indeed should not, feel either guilty or proud about being white, because it is a state of being I have no control over. . . . I have an obligation not simply to enjoy that privilege that comes with being white but to study and understand it, and work toward a more just world in which such unearned privilege is eliminated.”

Robert Jensen
from the article “More Thoughts on Why
The System of White Privilege is Wrong”

Confronting White privilege
Continue to learn about racism in American today and the issue of white privilege.
Refuse to except white privilege when it is offered.

I’ve benefited.
Have you?

Whites can find single, simple solutions to racism---whites get to determine WHEN, HOW and ON WHAT GROUNDS racism is an issue for them.

White Privilege Presentation Disclaimer

White privilege has a terrible sound to it. Almost any white person who hears the term feels their guard go up. It has the ring of reverse racism, does not sound inclusive and immediately sets the stage for being offended, turning around and walking away.
No one asked for this privilege, almost no one would deny anyone else equal opportunities if it were within their power to offer them. But this presentation is not here to offend anyone, or to point any fingers of blame.
It is here to help you understand what people of color (all colors) live with, the subtleties of life that many don't recognize or take for granted because we all only live life as it is offered to us. Take a leap of faith.
If you are feeling unfairly targeted by being singled out in any part of this presentation then you may be beginning to understand the discrimination others face on a daily basis. That's what its all about.
Understanding, Empathy, and Finally, Action.
Adapted from “Understanding White Privilege” from Students and Teachers Against Racism
A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others.

“White people whether overtly racist or not, benefit from living in a world mostly run by white people that has been built on the land and the backs of non-white people"
Robert Jenson
Author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege
White Privilege
Historically, our land belonged to. . .
Native Americans
Our railroads were
built by . . .
Today our highways
are maintained by. . .

Hispanic and Black Americans

Who runs our national government,
major industries, and corporations?
White Males
Have you benefited from White Privilege?

When you put on a Band-aid does it blend in?
That's a white privilege
Did the pictures of Jesus in your Sunday School class look like you?
When you walk into a store can
you be fairly certain that you
aren’t being watched or followed
as you shop?

That's a white privilege
When you ask to speak with the "person in charge” can you be fairly certain you’ll be facing a person of your race?

If a police officer pulls you over, can you be sure you haven't been singled out because of your race?

White privilege
Find out more!
The Heart of Whiteness:
Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege
by, Robert Jensen

Racism Without Racists: Color Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by, Eduardo Bonillo-Silva

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

Some more resources!
Black Skin, White Masks (An Evergreen book)
Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race
Blacks & Social Justice
Dismantling White Privilege: Pedagogy, Politics, and Whiteness
How the Irish Became White
On Race and Philosophy
Race and Racism
The Color of Sex : Whiteness, Heterosexuality, and the Fictions of White Supremacy
The Fire Next Time
The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control
The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness
The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness
The Racial Contract
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class
White Lies : Race and the Myths of Whiteness
White Racism: The Basics
White Reign : Deploying Whiteness in America
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness
Whiteness: A Critical Reader
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