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White Privilege vs. Black Privilege

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Georgia Beatty

on 1 May 2015

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Transcript of White Privilege vs. Black Privilege

Racial Privilege
Georgia Beatty
For centuries, white people have been granted certain privileges over blacks. Whether consciously, subconsciously, directly, or indirectly, whites have always been held at higher standards than people of African descent. This is evident in both statistics and in daily life. However, there is an entirely opposite side to the spectrum that many may argue exists: black privilege.
What is
white privilege
"White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances."
Racial inequality is undeniably present.
"Something about the way our current system is functioning is not making up for how terribly our past system treated people of color. And that is what white privilege is all about."

*median net worth for poorest white
income = $24,000
"Wouldn't ignoring this racial division just make it go away?"
Colorblindness will only make the situation at hand worse.
"black privilege"
lower expectations for blacks; the fact that the nation holds lower behavioral standards for black people, and the blacks take advantage of it
Blacks can be racist towards whites and it's not seen as the act of racism that it truly is, but rather a right that they have to speak out against people whose ancestors oppressed them for centuries
"I want to make it clear to the radio and audience and to you here that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th St." Powell added, "We are not going to stand idly by and let a Jewish person come in black Harlem and methodically drive black people out of business up and down 125th St. If we stand for that, we will stand for anything."

- Al Sharpton
"The bottom line is that our society already acknowledges that socioeconomic privilege exists, as it has existed throughout human history. It is past time to acknowledge, however, that black privilege in the form of lower behavioral standards holds African-Americans back rather than helping them achieve economic equality."

Good people do racist things.
acknowledge that the system is broken, on both ends
White privilege, black privilege, however you look at it:
racism remains a problem on all ends of the spectrum.
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