The myth of the meritocracy, and the fallacy that at some magical point in the last few decades, is that racism was not only abolished, but was slowly replaced with 'reverse racism' and that white people are now the disadvantaged group. And it most certainly can mean engaging directly in anti-bias work, such as instilling more inclusive practices at your school or business or working with people committed to allyship and anti-racist activism, such as SURJ.
White privilege means that you are born into the racial 'norm', another kind of privilege. But this truth has been lost because many white people have programmed their antennas to disregard that signal. You have most likely seen a viral video featuring Joy DeGruy talking about her biracial sister-in-law using her white skin privilege to question why Joy was receiving undue scrutiny from a cashier.
Hsu writes that discourse on the nature of whiteness "isn't a new discussion, by any means, but it has never seemed quite so animated".
Rather than centering your own feelings of discomfort, center the feelings of people of color in evaluating what to do with this information.
Both racism and bias rely on what sociologists call racialization. And if we stand behind the belief that recognizing white privilege is integral to the anti-bias work of white educators, we must offer a broader recognition.
Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of group membership and not based on what a person or group has done or failed to do Johnson, If reasons fall into any of these categories, then one needs to continue unpacking that knapsack.
They feel as if black folk, other minorities, immigrants and refugees have cut ahead of them in line, meaning the government caters to others before them.
The greatest trick white privilege ever pulled was convincing the world it doesn't exist. While many Americans may not view themselves as privileged because of their economic or social status, the advantage of being in the majority racial group is real, even if often hidden. Laws and mores concerning race from apartheid and Jim Crow constructions that legally separate different races to social prejudices against interracial relationships or mixed communities serve the purpose of retaining certain advantages and privileges for whites.