ERIC Number: ED395085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Unveiling White Privilege.
LARASA/Report, Nov 1996
Racism, discrimination, and prejudice are typically viewed from the perspective of the disadvantaged ethnic minority, but another approach is to address the advantages of whites. There is one culture that is usually invisible to whites, and that is "whiteness." To grow up white is to be the focal point from which others differ. Whites grapple with the issue of racism in various ways, but one factor that can be associated with a high level of cultural competence is the recognition of white privilege. Twenty-five examples are given of the types of privilege whites typically enjoy. Most keep whites from having reason to be angry about race and ethnic discrimination. The lack of awareness, denial, and silence about white privilege is the fuel that perpetuates the advantages and freedoms whites have. White supremacist is a label usually associated with extremist groups, but whites who do not acknowledge that they are privileged still accept and benefit from unearned public and private power, embodying and enacting white supremacy regardless of how nonracist their beliefs may be. Latinos and other people of color may find that the items on the white privilege list are obvious, but they are not obvious to white people. Research has also shown that whites have the misperception that ethnic minorities have achieved equality with whites. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Ethnic Groups, Ethnocentrism, Minority Groups, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Racial Identification, Stereotypes, Whites
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Latin American Research and Service Agency, Denver, CO.