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Different Identity-Based Privileges

Posted by Meriam Salem on December 19, 2018

What is privilege?*

When people hear they belong to a privileged group or benefit from something like "race privilege" or "gender privilege," they don't get it, or they feel angry and defensive about what they do get. Privilege has become one of those loaded words we need to reclaim so that we can use it to name and illuminate the truth.... As Peggy McIntosh describes it, privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they've done or failed to do. ... The existence of privilege doesn't mean I didn't do a good job, of course, or that I don't deserve credit for it. What it does mean is that I'm  also getting something that other people are denied... The ease of not being aware of privilege is an aspect of privilege itself, what some call "the luxury of obliviousness." - Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference. P. 23-25

Instructions

1. Please identify one or two identity groups, from the list below, in which you have privilege. 

2. Reflect on situations listed for your identity. Take a few minutes and jot down your reflections to these questions: 

  • Reading the example of situations and thinking about my privilege, I felt .........
  • How does this kind of privilege show up in my actions (consciously or not) at work, in my community or in other settings?

3. Ask yourself. What might I do to be more aware of my privilege in my daily activities. 


Reflection Questions

  1. How might your experience as a white person differ from the experience of a person of color in: 
    • applying for a job?
    • passing police on the street?
    • preparing your child to go to school for the first time? 
  2. How might your experience as a cis heterosexual person differ from the experience of an LGBTQ person in: 
    • expressing affection, love and comfort in public?
    • preparing to introduce your partner to your family of origin?
    • participating in a lunch discussion at work on what you did this weekend? 
  3. How might your experience as a Christian differ from the experience of a Jew, Muslim, or Atheist in
    • testifying in court?
    • arranging time off at work to celebrate a religious holiday?
    • openly displaying religious symbols without fear of disapproval, violence, or vandalism? 
  4. How might your experience as an able-bodied person differ from the experience of a person with a disability in:
    • commuting to work each day?
    • negotiating where the annual work dinner is to be held?
    • how people interpret an expression of anger or frustration? 
  5. How might your experience as a man differ from the experience of a woman in: 
    • taking the car to a repair shop?
    • walking to your car after the store closed at night? 
    • reading your performance evaluation in which colleagues describe your performance as aggressive? 
  6. How might your experience as a professional wage earner differ from the experience of someone who is unemployed in: 
    • responding to school requests for supplies for your children? 
    • responding to old acquaintances who want to meet up for lunch? 
    • answering a want ad for a job 60 miles away?

*The content in in this blog post was created in collaboration with The Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD), MP Associates and World Trust Educational Services, funded by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Topics: #WorldTrust, Racism, systemic inequity, bias, White Privilege, Unconscious Bias

21 Days of Justice with World Trust

Posted by Meriam Salem on December 11, 2018
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Topics: #givingjusticethatheals, Healing Justice, racial justice, trauma, restorative justice, systemic inequity, #WorldTrust, Talk about Race, System of Inequity, Diversity Workshops, White Privilege, Unconscious Bias

Week Three Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 7, 2015

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Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:


 

 

• Name some examples that you have noticed where people are treated differently based upon race?

• Name an example where you see bias impacting the interpretation or creation of law and policy?

 

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Topics: White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity

Week Four Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 6, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:


 

 

  • Where do you have your blinders on regarding privilege?  
  • Who usually is in the position to influence laws and policies?  
  • How can privilege influence these decision makers?

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Week Four Clip Two for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 3, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:


 

 • Can you relate to Millie’s story?

• What is the cost of cultural assimilation?



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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Week Four Clip Three for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 2, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:


 

  · How does the use of privilege to interrupt bias change assumptions?

· What impact can using privilege to interrupt habits and cycles have on policies and procedures?

 



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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Week Five Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 1, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:


 

· What is the cost to both the Latino woman and the Asian woman in this clip?

· How does the supremacy of white culture cross racial boundaries in this story?

 

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Week Five Clip Two for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on June 30, 2015

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Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:

Name some differences between personal bigotry and structural or systemic racism? 

How does white culture promote both racial blindness and internalized racism?  

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

White Women, Patriarchy, and White Superiority

Posted by World Trust Team on June 3, 2015

 Within the World Trust frame of the System of Inequity, the relational elements among the internal and external components of Racialization are named. In this piece written by World Trust collaborator, Tilman Smith, she shares a personal story of the weight and invisibility of her own internalized white supremacy. 

World Trust is committed to envisioning and creating a world that flourishes. We engage one another, and the general public, in an ongoing, exploration of a system that churns out inequities through a simultaneous focus that engages the deeply internal work and the external structural change that is necessary to create a world that works for everyone.

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Week Six Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on May 31, 2015

Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:

Think about your high school experiences and name some of the racial stereotypes you had or have about your classmates.

Where did those stereotypes come from? And, what is the impact?

What, if anything, are you willing to do challenge your assumptions?  

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race