White Privilege

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Privilege is not about individuals being bad people, but it is about entire systems that favor some groups and put down others.

These systems – like ableism, white supremacy, and classism – get structural support from laws, the media, and policies that affect our lives every day. Most of us aren’t taught that these systems are such an influential part of how the world works.

Maisha Z. Johnson


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Obviously not all white people are wealthy, and obviously many minorities are rich and powerful. Lots of white people are disadvantaged. But white privilege is something specific and different from the ordinary rising and falling of a free society. It’s the fact that simply by virtue of being a white person, of whatever socioeconomic status, you get the benefit of the doubt. That simply isn’t the case for those of other races in the United States, no matter how wealthy, smart or hard-working they are.

Christine Emba

  WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 31: Demonstrators block an intersection in Washington on Dec. 31, 2015, during a a Black Lives Matter protest. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 31: Demonstrators block an intersection in Washington on Dec. 31, 2015, during a a Black Lives Matter protest. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


“Use your White Privilege, Luke.”