UNDERSTANDING WHITE PRIVILEGE

“White privilege is an institutional (rather than personal) set of benefits granted to those of us who, by race, resemble the people who dominate the powerful positions in our institutions. One of the primary privileges is that of having greater access to power and resources than people of color do; in other words, purely on the basis of our skin color doors are open to us that are not open to other people. For example, given the exact financial history, white people in the United States are two to ten times more likely to get a housing loan than people of color − access to resources. Those of us who are white can count on the fact that a nation’s history books will cover our experience of history. American Indian parents, on the other hand, know that their children will not learn in school about the contributions of their people.”

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