If community unity and equality are important to you

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to ignore it, take it for granted, or throw it in other people’s faces. If community, unity and equality are important to you, you may consider doing your homework to identify ways you can become more sensitive to the issue that is plaguing many family in our neighborhoods. White privilege isn’t earned, it is inherited. What it comes down to is that a specific race dominates the population, positions of authority, and is showcased in the public eye. Robert Jensen from the University of Texas asks a very valid and thought provoking question when he says, “So, if we live in a world of white privilege--unearned white privilege--how does that affect your notion of a level playing field? (3) His white student paused for a moment and said, "That really doesn't matter." That statement reveals the ultimate white privilege: “the privilege to acknowledge you have unearned privilege but ignore what it means.” (3) The last point that I would like to raise about white privilege is that there is definitely individual variation in experience. Some white people have had it easier than others, most likely because they came from wealthy families that gave them even more privilege that just being white. Some white people have had it tougher than others because they came from families with less means. White women face discrimination regarding power, position, and dominance while men face discrimination over stereotypes of being aggressive, the need for dominance and again, position. But at the end of the day, white people in general all have fallen back on white privilege somewhere in their lives. (1) (2) Race, Racism and the Law- Speaking Truth to Power (Defining White Privilege) , Kendall Clark-University of Dayton (3) White Privilege Shapes the US, Robert Jensen, University of Texas- School of Journalism
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  • Spring '12
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  • Sociology, White Privilege- Sociology

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