White Privilege Campaign is… Puzzling

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The litany of never-ending causes to speak out against and creative little ways for liberals to express these “causes” never seems to end. The latest move is no exception.

A campaign began this weekend by an Elizabethtown College group that calls themselves the “Elizabethtown Democrats” and originates out of a very private liberal arts college in the predominantly white county of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The campaign requires white students to wear “white puzzle pieces” to remind them of their “white privilege.”

Aileen Ida, the president of the group, wrote in an e-mail interview with The College Fix: “Discussions about race are often perceived as being only open to people of color, but I think it is just as important for white people to partake in conversations about race.”

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According to Ida, the white puzzle pieces are symbolic of the racial struggles of the oppressed.

Ida said, “No matter how accepting someone is, that doesn’t stop them from being part of a system based on centuries of inequality.”

Ida believes that white students are privileged, but added “not all white students,” without clarification. Ida feels whites don’t have to live with the constant racism that people of color do and her puzzle piece project will force them to think about it on a daily basis.

Ida concluded: “I believe that this [inherent white privilege] can be seen in the day-to-day life of people of color versus the day-to-day life of white people. Most people of color don’t have a choice but to consider how their race affects their life on a daily basis, this is not true for most white people.”


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