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Deconstructing Privilege by Kim Case

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“COLORBLINDNESS IS THE NEW RACISM”

Raising Awareness about Privilege Using Color Insight1

Margalynne J. Armstrong and Stephanie M. Wildman

 

Whiteness, Systemic Privilege, and Antidiscrimination Discourse

Unacknowledged white privilege pervades U.S. society and culture. As Caramanica (2012) wrote in the New York Times, “Whiteness is too often invisible on television, so much the norm that it no longer begs evaluation” (p. AR20). White privilege is “pervasive, structural, and generally invisible” (Law, 1999, p. 604) operating on both personal and systemic levels. Peggy McIntosh (1988) described white privilege as a knapsack of benefits of which the holder could remain oblivious. Ye t the possessor of the knapsack of privilege could reliably ...

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