Analytical Film Essay - Analytical Film Essay 1 Tim Wise on White Privilege Tyler Hilliard March 5 2012 Throughout Americas history race has been used

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Analytical Film Essay 1: Tim Wise on White PrivilegeTyler HilliardMarch 5, 2012Throughout America’s history, race has been used as a cultural marker that has given advantageous power to one group while subjecting the minority to injustice, prejudice, and inequality. This ranges from the exploitation of Native Americans for their land in the 15thcentury to the enslavement of millions of African men and women, to the segregation of blacks and whites during the mid 20thcentury, and still exists today. For African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and most other minority groups, institutionalized racism is very prevalent. Over time, whites have emerged as the privileged social group. According to Tim Wise, white America has been the “biggest collective recipient of racial preference in history” (Wise 240). He goes on to explain that although this may be true, many whites fail to understand this fact. White denial, the failure of whites to recognize the privileges given to them by a system very much disturbed by racism, denies that racism exists and is a significant modern problem. White denial enables white privilege to still exist today by claiming that race no longer shapes life’s chances and opportunities.Privilege exists when one group is denied something others have simply because of the social categories they belong to (Privilege, Oppression, and Difference, 2/7/12). Being a part of a privileged group allows you to ignore and forget the oppressive behaviors that allowed you to ascend to that status. Since the late 60’s, a time in America where racial tensions peaked, there have been great efforts to decrease racial inequality and wash away the past. America has addressed the discriminatory racial barriers by tackling the most visible cases of racism. Although our communities, school, and
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