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White Privilege vs Black Privilege

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Cathy Bennett

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Most of us know that whites have the most privilege in America--that everything is determined, approved by, and accepted by whites who hold the position of dominant class. But did you know that every culture has their own set of privileges? For instance, if you are black, you can say the "N" word to each other and it is a term of solidarity. But if you are white and say that word to a black person as a term of solidarity...huh, well...Let's just say, "Not good." A fellow student, psychology major, and my friend, David Williams shares his own personal experiences of racism and privilege as he experienced from around the world (he has multinational roots). He will share his thoughts on ways we could dissolve some of the communications barriers between races just by how we talk with each other. Knowing what certain words mean for others and avoiding them out of respect and common courtesy goes a long way toward starting meaningful dialogue.

Unfortunately, the dominant culture is often the "popular" culture and the popular choice of words may not be appropriate with each race. And discrimination and acceptance are attached to privilege. Join David and me in a lively conversation about what it’s like between having privilege and not, and experience the awkward places that lack of privilege creates in life.