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Introducing Students to White Privilege | Care2 Causes

Introducing Students to White Privilege | Care2 Causes

I have been working in a very racially diverse area for the past few years, and, while we do talk about race and what it means to be white, Black, or Latino/a (the three races most represented at our school), we rarely unpack privilege and what it means to experience privilege based on your race, gender, size, sexuality, or any other factor. This year, however, I decided to teach Richard Wright’s autobiography, Black Boy , to my students. From the first chapter, they were hooked. The descriptions of the racism Wright experienced while growing up in the South caught their attention right away, and sparked a sense of injustice in them. When I reminded them that this was not so long ago in our country’s history – Wright would probably represent their great grandparents’ generation – they were even more angered. When we came to Wright’s realization that Black boys were brutall...

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