Today’s post is a companion piece to yesterday’s Post #10: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. I feel as a person who has benefited from being a white, middle class, educated, US citizen it is my obligation to understand how taking any one of those attributes away could vastly change how I experience life in this country. And so I am sharing this article with you.
When I first heard about White Privilege a few years ago, my reaction was kind of the same as this author’s. But I actually read her article first, then had to follow the links to truly understand what she was talking about. Gina gives several links that give a broader definition to those who may not be familiar with all the terminology. So be certain to explore deeper if any of this doesn’t fully make sense to you.
Gina’s essay explains further how we experience white privilege, even if we don’t realize it, and also how that white privilege isn’t the same for all. Many factors can alter how it affects you. Seriously, if you read one of my Lent Posts this year, this is the one.
Lenten Challenge 2016
Post #2: Coming Out Again, and Again, and Again . . .
Post #3: Dalia Mogahed and why she wears a hijab
Post #4: Why diversity in Children’s Literature really Matters
Post #5: The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black in America
Post #6: Picture from the Box
Post #7: Diversity 101
Post #8: Study examines television, diversity and self-esteem
Post #9: Growing up Muslim in America
Post #10: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack