Original post on @saic.maffairs posted 9/13/2020.
Privilege can be hard to notice, if we were born with it. But everyone has identities that are privileged and not privileged. What is privilege?
Privilege is any unearned benefit, advantage, favor, or right that a person receives by nature of their identity.1
White Privilege is preferential institutional treatment that grants power and resources to European- and European-American people, while simultaneously withholding from Indigenous American, Africa, Asian, and Arab people.2 White Privilege is having the power to define, or be the definition of the status quo.
White Privilege does not assume that you’ve never struggled, or experienced hardships. White Privilege does not assume that everything you’ve accomplished didn’t take strain, or effort. White Privilege does not assume that all white people benefit equally. Because White Privilege is bestowed, doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do.
As a white person, I see many examples of positive, celebrated, white role models in fashion, tv, movies, media, leadership, government
As a white person, I can select/purchase hair, makeup, cosmetic products that match my hair texture, color, and style from a wide array of products and product lines
As a white person, I have food options that most closely reflect my traditions and preferences
As a white person, I am less likely to be labeled as ‘suspicious,’ and followed, interrogated, searched
As a white person, I am less likely to be denied a job, loan, mortgage, credit due to my race or ethnic background
“Guilt is a profoundly conservative emotion and as such is not particularly useful for bringing about change. From a position of insecurity and guilt, people do not change or inspire others to change,” - Michael Kaufman3
A Note for Getting Library Books - Fall 2020
This fall you can request circulating Flaxman & I-Share books for pickup. Full details for the pickup process are available on this page. Alternatively, you can schedule a library visit to browse, pull items, or use non-circulating materials.
Flaxman Library Materials - May take up to 3 days from request to pickup. Instructions are available here.
I-Share Books - May take up to 10 days from request to pickup. Instructions are available here.
Read and complete the checklist of 50 “Daily Effects of White Privilege” from Peggy McIntosh.4
Which conditions do you take for granted? Which conditions do you take for granted? If you’re feeling guilty, why? How can you address and move past that feeling of guilt?
Now that you’re aware, notice something you haven’t thought about before.
Talk to someone about Privilege using these tools:
From Jamie Utt, 20121