This is not a blog post to try to help white people understand what white privilege is and/or to persuade them to acknowledge it and do something about it.
I did a blog post a few months ago that did that. It was helpful for many and received flak from others. I used the analogy of a basketball game where one team cheated to get a 100-15 lead prior to the rules being made fair at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The post was an attempt to help us position ourselves to at least have a conversation about white privilege in a constructive way. You can read that post here.
A few weeks ago, my friend Jeremy Dowsett totally copied me but instead used the analogy of riding a bike on streets made for cars. His analogy and blog article are great and received several billion (or something like that) more hits than mine. You should check that out here.
Today’s post is not to convince you that white privilege exists or that American society is slanted unjustly in favor of white people. If you’d like to argue against the existence of white privilege or call me names, please stop reading here and do so on the above link, not this one. Better yet, do it on Jeremy’s page.
Today’s post is for those of us whose eyes have already been at least somewhat opened (I say “somewhat” because I know even my eyes need much more opening to be done still) to what white privilege is and we’d like to know what we can do about it. We have white privilege. We feel bad about it. Is there anything we can do about it besides feel bad? Continue Reading…