We’ve been hearing the phrase “white privilege” in the news a lot lately – in discussions revolving around everything from New York’s controversially-unconstitutional “Stop and Frisk” policy to Miley Cyrus’s possibly more controversial VMA performance. Though some of the conversations it’s surfaced in may seem trivial, white privilege is anything but. In fact, for an idea that’s become as ubiquitous as it is important, there are shockingly few explanations of what white privilege actually is out there. We thought we’d give it a shot with another analogy – “White Privilege is Like Flying First Class.”
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Have you ever heard the argument that race is a social construction with no biological basis? Have you ever heard that argument and had no idea what it meant? Have you ever heard that idea and asked yourself, “What on Earth is a social construction?” Well, if so, you’re not unlike staff writer Joel, whose efforts to understand this important idea inspired the title of this post, “Race is Like a High School Clique.” Watch him break it all down in our latest MIXLY Perspective.
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