Suggested Solutions For Overcoming The 'White Privilege' Problem
The term “white privilege” has sparked heated discussions throughout the country. People often assume that the expression means that all Caucasians are racist, which is not the case.
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“White privilege” is the inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.
“It’s not an indictment of an individual; it’s just an observation of a social structure,” Dr. Phil says. “It doesn’t mean that as a white person that you should feel guilt, or shame, or some kind of blame. It just means that there is a structure in our society that reflects a racial injustice.”
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So, what can people on both sides of privilege do to help combat the “white privilege” problem? Below is a list of suggested solutions that can help you move in the right direction.
- Hire more diverse people
- Make neighborhoods more integrated
- Start conversations; if you are white, don’t feel like you should be blamed, shamed or guilted
- Learn from those you were taught to disrespect
- Advocate for people who are not like you
- Act on it; be a voice for the powerless
- Know what to vote for; know what laws do for your community
- Be with people who are different from yourself
- Be aware of the dynamic of “white privilege”
- Do or say something when you see “white privilege”
- Police yourself if you are in a place of power
- Stop and think, why would my colleagues and coworkers who are not white see this differently?
- Know people of other races on a personal level; it will make you less afraid
- Think before you treat someone like an object or different species
- Have empathy
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