White Privilege; Kate Lovelady, Leader

February’s platform addresses are on aspects of diversity—the different experiences that individuals and groups have in our region and our country. The term “white privilege” refers to the fact that whites (and people who are assumed by others to be whites) receive special advantages and benefits in American society. How does white privilege work? How can we understand it alongside the fact that many whites also suffer negatively due to sexism, poverty, plain bad luck, etc.? And how can whites understand white privilege not as something merely to feel guilty or defensive about, but as a reality with which we need to grapple to further ethical development?