A Conversation: White Privilege and the “N” Word

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It is time to quit using the "N" word according to my guest, African American David Williams. David is a friend and fellow graduating student this spring from Marylhurst University who offers great candor into the negative, yet sometimes humorous, impact using the word "nigger" has on most everyone. A psychology major, David shares his own personal experiences of racism from around the world and his own thoughts on one way we could start to dissolve some of the communications barriers between races. Knowing what certain words really bring up for others and avoiding them out of respect and common courtesy will go a long way toward starting meaningful dialogue.

Unfortunately, a lot of choice regarding the words we use or don’t use to communicate with each other comes out of a society that favors people with white skin. Just like the story of the star-bellied sneetches written by Dr Seuss, discrimination and acceptance are attached to privilege. And folks, we white people are the star-bellied sneetches in the story of racism. Join David and I in a lively discussion about what it’s like to not feel privileged and experience the awkward places that lack of privilege places one in on the walk of life.

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