(This work is drawn from my Doctoral research and is heavily informed by the scholarship of Michael Foucault (1972, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982) and Judith Butler (1988, 1990, 1993, 1997) In a previous post, I talked about why we need to talk about Privilege, about the reality that society is set up to benefit certain … Continue reading The Making of Privileged Identities
For some time, Privilege, particularly White Privilege, has been a subject that has raised many an angry and defensive voice. The “I’ve worked hard to get what I’ve got” response is an oft heard refrain. More recently, politicians in Britain have weighed in, marking not just talking about White Privilege with a sense of illegality … Continue reading We Need To Talk About Privilege
Amidst the current political attacks on White Privilege in the UK it is important that we have an accurate and informed understanding of what White Privilege really is. White Privilege is NOT about telling children, or adults, that they are different because of their race. It is about educating people that our society is iniquitous and is set up to favour people who are racialised as White.
Privilege is complex. It is not only related to economic and material wealth. It’s psychological and emotional too. For example, that no White person experiences systemic racism means that we are all psychologically and emotionally privileged in comparison to People of Colour. Even more complex, though, is the reality of intersectional privilege.