Explain Privilege


Recently some colleagues, friends, and I were discussing the use of the word privilege. The word carries so much power. It has such a strong message, but can also be alienating. When Peggy McIntosh discussed this concept in her 1989 article, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, it was controversial, but highlighted the day to day privileges that Whites have in a predominantly White society. I saw McIntosh speak on this topic at Fisk University in the early 2000s. Most of the audience appreciated her angle, but some were angry. Fast forward to 2017, and many of those in social sciences are excited to see this conversation occurring in the national cultural dialogue. How do you discuss privilege without alienating…and instead, enlightening? What are some strategies for helping people see their everyday advantages…NOT for the purpose of invoking guilt, but instead to foster understanding of those that may not have those advantages?

What is privilege?

How do you explain privilege simply to those who don't see it? This video demonstrates.

Posted by Woke Folks on Thursday, October 12, 2017