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White Privilege 101

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Cindu Thomas-George

on 24 April 2018

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Transcript of White Privilege 101

Whiteness studies is an interdisciplinary arena of academic inquiry focused on the cultural, historical and sociological aspects of people identified as white and the social construction of whiteness as an ideology tied to social status.
Faces of Whiteness
Whiteness as invisble and unmarked
Whiteness as an "empty" category
Whiteness as institutionalization of European colonialism
Whiteness as a
structural privilege
Whiteness as violence and terror
Whiteness as an antiracist practice
Majority Identity Development

1. Unexamined Identity
2. Acceptance
3. Resistance
4. Redefinition and Reintergration
Nakayama and Martin state that whiteness is

(1) an advantage of race privilege

(2) a standpoint from which to view society

Whiteness is a social construction and not in need of white bodies to be enacted.
Whiteness has historically been the norm in the U.S. What it means to be White is changing. As our society becomes more diverse, White people are becoming more aware of their own race and this largely invisible privilege.
Was Jesus White?
White privilege may be defined as the "unearned advantages of being White in a racially stratified society", and has been characterized as an expression of institutional power that is largely unacknowledged by those who experience the power and privilege.
Whiteness Rhetoric is not meant to make people feel guilty or responsible, but is meant to deconstruct the power and invisibility of white privilege. Most importantly, these scholars hope for TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE!
people benefit from whiteness even if their skin color happens to be black, yellow, or brown.
Skin Color Norms
Anglicizing traditional Names
Equating Nationality and Race
Encountering Racism

•Actively seek to understand diverse points of view

•Welcomes the personal growth that continues to be generated by exposure to diverse cultural realities- their lives are enhanced rather than threatened by differences

•Actively seeks cross cultural and cross racial interactions. In addition, they engage in a continuous process of exploring multiple perspectives.

•They are champions of healing and change, advocates for those people who have been marginalized by the forces of dominance and oppression.

•Actively interrogate institutional structures, policies, and procedures

•Are self- reflective regarding their own life experiences

•Seeking to be collaborative and co-responsible in their approach to change

Everyday Examples of White Privilege
Educational Disparities
Racial Profiling
Housing Discrimination- Redlining

A recent court ruling has now made it legal to ban dreadlocks during the hiring process in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
Chastity Jones was offered a job with Catastrophe Management Solutions in Mobile, Alabama. However, her offer was later rescinded when a Human Resources Manager told Chasity that they would not hire her due to her dreadlocks, stating that dreadlocks “tend to get messy, although I’m not saying your’s are, but you know what I’m talking about”.
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