Claiming Williams featured discussion on privilege, including a session explicitly on white privilege. I’d curious what others think about the word. Some questions to start it off:

  • Is it privilege when men are free from pregnancy?
  • Is it privilege when the security guard who follows a black teenager around a store leaves the white teenager alone and unaware?
  • Is it privilege when a white child can grow up in the south assuming they will never be a custodian, because they’ve never seen a white custodian?
  • Is it privilege when someone can grow up assuming that a minimum wage job nets 100k a year?
  • Is it privilege when Williams students can have the time and energy to think about privilege?

I think that people have different definitions that will cause answers to the above to vary, but I’m curious to see how it plays out. What do you think (especially those who rarely comment)?

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