“Privilege” is the advantage certain groups have in society based on how closely they conform to what society considers the “norm.” For each group with privilege there are other groups that are disadvantaged or even oppressed. Recognizing one's level of privileges allows one to use that privilege to help those who are at a disadvantage.
“White Privilege” refers specifically to the advantage that white people have in society. The concept of white privilege is not to encourage white people to feel guilty about being white, but to encourage people with white privilege to make sure those who do not have the same privilege are treated in a way that is just and fair.
Privilege (video below) - Explores the invisible system of racism and white privilege which exists in the United States
"Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
"I can chose blemish cover or bandages in "flesh" color and have them more or less match my skin..." plus 49 other situations the privileged can count on.Read more
The Right Hand of Privilege
The Right Hand of Privilege poses the question: "Do we live in a right-handed or left-handed world?"
Cracking the Codes of Racial Inequity - Moving stories from racial justice leaders
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: States what he thinks about race now that he's made it, and almost nobody noticed (note video shows 1 hour and 6 minutes - after you hit play it is about 5 min.)
Unequal Opportunity Race - The following video utilizes a running track metaphor to illustrate the reality of an unequal opportunity race to success in the USA. Please read intro prior to reviewing video.
Quality and Culture
This link will help you begin your exploration of quality and culture. We encourage you to start by taking theQuality and Culture Quiz. The quiz, which takes about ten minutes to complete, is designed to assist you in learning about how culture influences health care. Take an expanded look at some cultural groups.
Five easy things you can do starting right now to end racism. Read more
Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices - How do you act when you come across someone from a different culture?
Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life
Racial microaggressions are the brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities and denigrating messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden message being communicated.Read more
Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Self-assessment to identify areas to improve cultural and linguistic competency for healthcare workers.
An entertaining story to share important lessons about why diversity efforts are bound to fail unless we really understand how we unconsciously respond to difference and how to move to beyond it. The Loudest Duck
While African Americans managed to emerge from chattel slavery and the oppressive decades that followed with great strength and resiliency, they did not emerge unscathed. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome