Today’s college students have been taught that the color of one’s skin matters in all aspects of life, and those who were born with white skin are “unfairly privileged.”
For those white students who need their “privilege” clarified, there’s now a checklist in the University of Minnesota (UMN) residence hall.
Beginning with the statement, “I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time,” the “White Privilege Checklist” provides 11 ways in which white people can identify their own “racial injustice” on the basis of their skin color.
The statements were apparently pulled from Wellesley professor Peggy McIntosh’s 1988 list of 46 white privilege examples.
The number two statement is: “I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.”
And here’s another one: “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.”
Some students were outraged by the checklist, including sophomore Evan Christenson, who told reporters that the list attacks individuals, not ideas. “I do believe it crosses the line. When it attacks the individual and not the idea, there is a problem,” Christenson said, adding, “I am not inherently racist because I don’t believe in white privilege. I believe there needs to be dialogue on the subject but it needs to be more of a give and take and not a one-sided affair.”
An accompanying poster reportedly suggested that students visit CADOF.org, an acronym for “Conservatives are destroying our future.”
“The website appalled me,” said Christenson. “I don’t think conservatives are destroying our future; there has to be a give and take between the parties.”
If you're uncertain whether or not you have White privilege, worry not. There's now a checklist. pic.twitter.com/Nl8t8QafTv
— Brittany Pettibone (@BrittPettibone) April 11, 2017
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