There are many different misconceptions about what white privilege is and means. Here is a list of resources to help you recognise why understanding white privilege is so important to be more aware of how it affects today’s society.
Teaching Tolerance – What is white privilege, Really? By Cory Collins
Understanding White Privilege by Francis E. Kendall
Race on the Agenda – Is “White Privilege” a useful concept in the current UK Context? By Andy Gregg
What is Privilege? This is a great look into how privilege can be shown in a physical context. If you look at the information below the video, you can see what questions were asked.
How White Privilege Works / Unpack That
The Pledge – can white people have a valid opinion on race? – this is an open discussion around race after Lawrence Fox was told he didn’t know what he was talking about as a Privileged White Male
The Moment I understood White Privilege - As the only white person in the audience of a comedy club, Ron was jokingly & relentlessly called out during the show. But, at the end of the show, there was a mic drop moment that Ron will never forget.
Here, we share 20 of Peggy McIntosh's examples of white privilege based on daily experiences that we often take for granted; in the hope it offers a better understanding of this complex subject. Let us learn from this moment and to be less oblivious to unearned racial advantages.
I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
I can be pretty sure that my neighbours in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilisation,” I am shown that people of my colour made it what it is.
I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.
I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods that fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin colour not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race.
I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of colour who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
I can criticise our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behaviour without being seen as a cultural outsider.
I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge,” I will be facing a person of my race.
If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
I can easily buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.