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White Privilege 101

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Note: After this comment in MetaTalk that followed many similar requests in several recent MetaTalk threads, this page is for Mefites to gather links and accessible resources to help other Mefites understand white privilege better, and to then understand themselves and others better, and then to do better.

General advice for having a better discussion:

  • “Believe people when they tell you about things in their own lives.”
  • “Don’t make abstract theoretical statements about classes of people. They’re right here and they can speak for themselves.”
  • “If you’re about to ask ‘Why don’t they just...’ you are probably about to offend.” source


Definitions

"Francis E. Kendall, author of Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, comes close to giving us an encompassing definition: “having greater access to power and resources than people of color [in the same situation] do.”" from Tolerance.org.

Relevant Mefi Posts and Comments

pjenks, July 11, 2019: At a roundtable event in Youngstown, OH today, Sen. Gillibrand was asked by a white woman holding a baby (via Amanda Golden, NBC): "QUESTION: [...] the Democratic Party loves to throw around terms like "white privilege." Now this is an area that across all demographics has been depressed because of the loss of its industry and the opioid crisis. So what do you have to say to people in this area about so-called white privilege?" She responded (NBC video) [partially edited transcript included with comment]

Books

An Antiracist Reading List (Ibram X. Kendi, NYT), A Reading List for Ralph Northam (Ibram X. Kendi, Atlantic) via Won’t You Be My Neighbor: An Anti-Hate Pop Culture Syllabus (Soraya Roberts, Longreads)

Online Resources

  • Video (23 minutes) Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo. SLYT
  • Journal article: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Vol 3 (3) (2011) pp 54-70. PDF