Indigenous People’s Day a chance to reflect on privilege, plant seeds of justice

First hand experiences have shown me that White Privilege is not a ridiculous tool used to blame whites and excuse minority failure, nor is White Privilege just about a few isolated individual experiences. White Privilege is a social reality that is the cumulative result of the consistent institutional and social rewards that whites give and receive, usually without awareness or intentionality. Simultaneously, these “rewards” are frequently, passively or actively, NOT afforded to blacks and other minorities. In short, not everyone gets the same opportunities or respect in day-to-day life. We all can cite a time we got unfair treatment, but for non-whites, across the social spectrum, this in-equality is something consistently experienced, resulting in fewer opportunities and more disrespect.

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