Wendy and Renee, two Caucasian women, say they have not benefited from “white privilege” and they need to stop being blamed for the color of their skin.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Are you involved in a story that has made the headlines?
“I think the whole idea of white privilege is setting us back,” Wendy says. “I think some people in the black community use the victimization as an excuse not to do well. I feel like the black community needs to take some responsibility for their own problems.”
“I never felt that I was given more opportunities than any of my African-American friends,” Renee says. “I do believe people of color are the most privileged in this country. They are afforded luxuries that are not given to the white, Caucasian person.”WATCH: What Is ‘White Privilege’?
The women join Dr. Phil and his panel of experts on Thursday’s episode
and engage in a heated debate about “white privilege.”
“What we see in the media is that we are constantly blamed and shamed for being white. We don’t know what to do,” Wendy says. “If I’m part of the problem, the white privilege problem, I have to be part of the solution. I have to be able to be heard.”
Civil rights attorney Dr. Areva Martin shares her thoughts. “We are all telling you, that we, still, on a daily basis, experience racism, microaggressions,” she says. “If we’re going to change this, you ladies, you white women, listen. You’ve got to listen and hear us, and try to empathize with our experiences.”
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Today’s Takeaway: What You Need To Know About 'White Privilege'