What are your thoughts about the concept of white culture, identity, and entitlement as they were discussed? What are your thoughts about the concept of white privilege?
The video of Mercedes Peters’ TED talk was pretty incredible and I internalized something significant from it. White privilege is not saying a white person is ‘bad’ individually but their collective silence contributes to the perpetuation of a system of oppression. I am that White person who gets defensive when someone tells me I benefit from White privilege. I see now that not saying something when some tells a racist joke or says a racist comment, my silence allows White individuals to continue to enjoy freedoms that People of Color cannot. My silence allows me and my family to continue to enjoy the advantages and entitlements of my White privilege all while keeping People of Color at a distinct disadvantage so I can continue living my life in my White status quo. I can continue living my life comfortably and without fear, worry or concern. This is powerful for me and I need time to sit with it, continue to internalize it, and then develop a new way that I can help combat that privilege so that People of Color can one day enjoy the same privileges, privileges that all humans should have without question.