Making it Clear

In the study of white privilege, and its broader field of whiteness studies, academic perspectives such as critical race theory use the concept to analyze how racism and racialized societies affect the lives of white or white-skinned people. For example, Peggy McIntosh describes the advantages that whites in Western societies enjoy and non-whites do not experience, as “an invisible package of unearned assets”.[6] White privilege denotes both obvious and less obvious passive advantages that white people may not recognize they have, which distinguishes it from overt bias or prejudice. These include cultural affirmations of one’s own worth; presumed greater social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The effects can be seen in professional, educational, and personal contexts. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one’s own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal.[7][8]

What is white privilege, anyway? And do we really need to teach about it? Deconstructing white privilege must be done in the classroom, in the boardroom, in the courtroom and throughout each and every community in every city and Province in Canada. It requires educators and students to understand the origins of whiteness and how the legacy of white supremacy endures. Educators, Business owners, CEO’s, must learn and, reaffirm their commitment to anti-racist education and developing practices for their staff employees etc.

Please watch this short video clip that will simplify what white privilege is…really.

James Corden Gets a Lesson on White Privilege

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