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10 Brutal Truths About White Privilege That We All Need to Know

new girl racismAll Black Folks Experience Racism

Yes, all Black people experience racism — both in subtle and overt ways and regardless of whether or not they are conscious of it or whether or not they openly discuss it.

Black people encounter multiple anti-Black indignities on a regular basis, no matter how rich, educated or powerful they are. The singular success of a Black man or woman (for example, media proprietor Oprah Winfrey, golfer Tiger Woods or President Barack Obama) is never a valid argument against the existence of racism.

Using that logic, it could be said that the success of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a social reformer, a great orator and a statesman, and Amanda America Dickson, the child of a slave and her owner who became one of the wealthiest Black women of her time, during the 19th century would be grounds for disproving slavery existed.

 

What is Racism

Racism is White Supremacy

Racism, at its very root, is a system of supremacy — white supremacy. Not all white people are racists. But we’re talking about a system, not individuals.

First and foremost, racism historically and continually uses whiteness and proximity to whiteness as a means to control resources and access to institutional and social power in American society, often at the expense of Blacks and people of color.

Even when whiteness intersects with other marginalized social categories such as class, sexuality, gender, ability and nationality, white identity and perceived whiteness (via whiter-looking skin) often affords an individual a better chance of moving through life much easier than their counterparts.

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16 thoughts on “10 Brutal Truths About White Privilege That We All Need to Know

  1. Mohammed Shakur says:

    I disagree. Because they were born European or white, they are racist by default.

  2. I definitely agree with the assessment that whites are more hostile to you the more conscious and black identified you are. I think it comes down to the more you know who you are, the more you SEE clearly what they are. It's like that movie, 'They Live'. lol..and the honorary white thing is also on the money–white supremacy has to morph and expand to maintain it's control b/c just numerically whites make up a tiny minority of people on the planet. They don't have any choice but to bestow honorary white status on those not technically white. And the most recent incarnation of this is the fact that Hispanics can now check the 'white' box on the US census.

  3. "All whites are not racist". 99.9% will not speak out against racism, the so called non white racist. The poor whites are just as racist as the other racist, and they try to look down on blacks, to help their own self esteem.

  4. Tammy Miller Lee says:

    Articles like this is the problem a bunch of lies to keep the fight going, period.

  5. These kinds of writeups make absolutely no sense.

  6. Bwire Vincent says:

    First and foremost, racism historically and continually uses whiteness and proximity to whiteness as a means to control resources and access to institutional and social power around the world, often at the expense of Blacks and people of color.

  7. Gherkin Rose says:

    AND….articles like this is why racism still exists today!

  8. Mason Nathaniel Williams says:

    Truth hurts, doesn't it

  9. I know, right?
    Big threat to pig privilege…

  10. I see we have some suspected white supremacists on here, trying to deflect and create confusion. Do not fall for their con games. Their main objective to get you away from talking about systematic white supremacy.

  11. Michael Fox says:

    Robin Diangelo, who is a who leads discussions on the the subject of white Privillage. Would have this to say regarding most of the white push back to articles such as this. " White Privillage warps the perspective of white people. The inability to tolerate any kind of challenge to our racil reality. White fraility comes from a deep sense of entitlement. We ( White people ) have set the world up to preserve this internet sense of superiority, and to resist any and all challenges to it. ALL WHILE DENYING THAT ANYTHING IS GOING ON AND INSISTING THAT RACE IS MEANINGLESS TO US.

  12. article is bs…they get more privileges for doing nothing. always trying to blame whites for their failures!

  13. bs, pull up your pants, show respect and speak and dress appropriately and shut your big mouths!

  14. Jose Sosa says:

    Patricia Whitehead This is what lives today in the south: I'm a white Puerto Rican and offered to shake a southern black man's hand here in Florida and he seemed shocked because whites don't do that here. It is cultural and it still lives today. The idea of superiority.

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