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White Privilege

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Many of those born with privilege find it hard to believe that privilege exists. Due to the recent events including the murder of George Floyd by a white male police officer, many are beginning to see the true effects of white privilege in their communities. Before we go any further into exploring white privilege in our communities, we must first define what white privilege is. According to Race, Racism and the Law, a website maintained by the University of Dayton School of Law, white privilege can be defined as “A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.” What this means in the most direct terms is that white people will never experience hardships due to the color of their skin. The most significant evidence of this horrifying truth is our judicial system, however, there are many other examples where white privilege can truly be seen. Here are some that are the most relevant to our current society. Where white people are not discriminated against when applying for jobs, people whose names seem “ethnic” to employers may have a harder time finding a job. When pulled over by the cops, white people may feel more at ease because the police will not immediately stereotype them as a criminal. As a member of the “model minority,” I accept the fact that I am privileged in a sense where I have never truly feared for my life due to my race. I understand that I will never know the pain. However, I will stand with you.

Jackie Kwan



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