As a multicultural educator and white person from a poverty background, I am intimately familiar with the mistake white people make of thinking race privilege=economic advantages. That is a discussion of classism. It doesn’t even really belong in the discussion of race privilege, but race and class overlap so much in our country that they get confounded.

As a poor white person, I still: 1) did not have to worry that people saw me as dangerous, 2) did not have to worry that people mistook me as a criminal, 3) my teachers’ recognized I was mislabeled as remedial, which research shows would be very unlikely to happen for black children, 4) I got to see my race reflected in the media as the superior race, whether it be growing up with football quarterbacks almost never being black and leading men/women always being white (I see this changing within my lifetime and it is encouraging). I could go on and on with examples, but they aren’t economic. They are race privileges.

It is my wish that every white person in the United States could understand and take on board the definition of race privilege and own it.

Chances are I have a migraine. My spirit guides are Voltaire & Bierce. Considering making SJW into a religion. Genealogist

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