Matt Zoller Seitz
writes about his personal experience with coming to understand his own white privilege, in particular with interactions with police. [more inside]
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is...
As the game progresses, your goal is to gain points, apportion them wisely, and level up. If you start with fewer points and fewer of them in critical stat categories, or choose poorly regarding the skills you decide to level up on, then the game will still be difficult for you. But because you’re playing on the “Straight White Male” setting, gaining points and leveling up will still by default be easier, all other things being equal, than for another player using a higher difficulty setting.
Likewise, it’s certainly possible someone playing at a higher difficulty setting is progressing more quickly than you are, because they had more points initially given to them by the computer and/or their highest stats are wealth, intelligence and constitution and/or simply because they play the game better than you do. It doesn’t change the fact you are still playing on the lowest difficulty setting.
MeFi's own John Scalzi
provides an excellent, relatable metaphor for explaining the realities of race and gender without invoking the dreaded word "privilege". [more inside]
Perceptual Segregation [pdf].
A Columbia Law Review article by Russell K. Robinson: . . . While many whites view race-consciousness as an evil that must be strenuously
avoided, blacks tend to see race-consciousness as critical to their survival
in white-dominated realms. . . . [more inside]
"Reflections on White Privilege" by Tad Lawrence, dean of faculty, Cambridge School of Weston
"That white Americans would send cards such as the ones I will show you for the most ordinary of purposes indicates the frightening extent to which they had internalized, accepted and condoned the presentation of African Americans that were the public face of the cards they sent." [more inside]
"STRANGER: 'Do you mind my asking where you are from?' [This is code for 'What is your race?']
"ME: 'Canada.' [This is code for 'Screw off.']"
Sometimes, "Where are you from?" means what it says. Sometimes it doesn't