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Transcript of White Privilege
Buzzfeed, a social news and entertainment company, created the following video experiment in which they asked 9 participants a series of 35 questions modeled after those developed in Peggy McIntosh's, an American feminist and racial activist, "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack."
Participants were asked questions about their background and perceived
What is privilege?
Video presentation by buzzfeed.com retrieved from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege
This is what white privilege is
White privilege is...
"A life easing level of advantage that comes with just being Caucasian in American no matter your wealth , gender or other status"
Where the term came from...
"Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh.
"Unearned and unnoticed assets that white people in American have. They may not be aware of them, but they can assume that they are able to cash in on these assets anytime that they need to."
"It is about advantages that are conferred and not earned solely based on the fact that you are part of the majority group in America"
So what can we do?
Be Part of the Solution
Responsibility is not the same as culpability
"But that bias is nonetheless a reality, and so you do have a responsibility as to whether you are part of the problem or part of the solution. Just like you’re mistaken if you don’t think white is a race, you’re mistaken if you think you can remain neutral."
- Sally Kohn, CNN Contributor
cultural, social or legal status. Depending on their response, participants were asked to take one step forward or backward based on their response.
In the end, participants were able to see how far apart their experiences and privileges placed them from from their peers.
Video presentation by The Washington Post retrieved from: www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-what-white-privilege-is/2016/01/22/57166c72-c093-11e5-83d4-42e3bceea902_story.html