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Discussing White Privilege

At our monthly Spitfire event on Thursday, Boston GLOW is hosting a panel discussion and conversation about white privilege and how to leverage it for racial justice. It’s no small question, and one we know we can’t even try to fully answer in a few hours. But we believe it’s important to make space for the community to come together and have uncomfortable conversations about race, racial justice, and, yes, privilege.

We thought it might be helpful to provide a few resources for people to learn about (or brush up on) white privilege and reflect before the event on Thursday.

The clip above from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity helped spark the inspiration for this conversation. In it, author and educator Dr. Joy DeGruy shares about a time when her sister-in-law used her white privilege to stand up to systemic inequity at the grocery store.

In this powerful and personal article, Lori Lakin Hutcherson, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Good Black News, shares examples of racism she has faced and offers her reflections on what those instances show about white privilege.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack is a well-known essay that offers a numbered list of concrete examples of white privilege in the every day life of author Dr. Peggy McIntosh. A few examples: "I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time," and "I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group." 

And here is a brief overview and a longer article about the Cycle of Socialization, which helps us understand how different people are socialized to play different roles in society and in oppression.

We hope to see you on Thursday, ready for some real talk on privilege and racial justice.

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