Definition of White Privilege and the reason for its Continuity
Over the recent years, white privilege has become a controversial and complicated issue that has gained a lot of attention worldwide. White privilege can be described as those advantages that white people in a society enjoy but are not experienced non-white people (Halley, Eshleman & Vijaya, 2011). Today, we live in a society that supports ‘whiteness.’ White privilege extends to the core of the society’s cultural and social lives. As a result, the cultural and social privileges that accompany ‘whiteness’ are always unnoticed by the beneficiaries which makes accepting the reality become difficult (Halley, Eshleman & Vijaya, 2011). The society also sees white privilege as a product of culture that is based on the ideology of white supremacy. However, it is important to note that white supremacy is unconscious but it can be exploited and manipulated. An example of white privilege is their representation in the school curriculum. White people are never concerned about racial representation in class because English books are written by whites and white leaders are all over history books. White people also do not fear being gunned down by cops and their accomplishments are not questioned.
Eradicating White Privilege
As a society, ignorance has been a major factor in white privilege. Those who benefit are not aware while most people of color do not even know that while privilege exists. Hence, multicultural education should be introduced in the school curriculum to sensitize students on the existence, dangers and eradication of white privilege. Diverse groups should be included in the curriculum including whites with the aim of transforming education to treat all diverse groups equally (Halley, Eshleman & Vijaya, 2011). Members of the society who know how white privilege is devastating should take it as their responsibility to speak up against it. It is only through being proactive that white privilege can be eliminated in the society.
Halley, J. O. M., Eshleman, A., & Vijaya, R. M. (2011). Seeing white: An introduction to white privilege and race. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.