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Day 7: 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Submitted by Renee BuddingBodhi on Sun, 1/22/2017, 7:00am
"Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they've done or failed to do. Access to privilege doesn't determine one's outcomes, but it is definitely an asset that makes it more likely that whatever talent, ability, and aspirations a person with privilege has will result in something positive for them." ~Peggy McIntosh
Privilege is often called the flipside of racism, examples of privilege is being able to...
- assume that most of the people you or your children study in history classes and textbooks will be of the same race, gender, or sexual orientation as you are
- assume that your failures will not be attributed to your race or your gender
- assume that if you work hard and follow the rules, you will get what you deserve
- succeed without other people being surprised and without being held to a higher standard
- go out in public without fear of being harassed or constantly worried about physical safety
- not have to think about your race, or your gender, or your sexual orientation, or disabilities, on a daily basis
Have you thought about privilege before? Do you think there really is a bias that allows an advantage or privilege? Have you ever been in a situation where you were in the minority? Did it feel different? How do you think your privilege changed your life?
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