Nothing brings people together in unity like constantly reminding one particular race how inherently racist they are.
And we all know that the only racists are white people, and in one sense there’s nothing they can do about it, because they were born that way. But at least they can acknowledge their inherent racism and privilege. That would be the first step in dismantling white privilege in our society.
Elizabethtown College Democrats organized a campaign where students wear white puzzle piece pins to remind them of white privilege. But the event is not discriminatory. It’s not just for people of color to wear these pins; white students were invited to publicly confess their own privilege. So, see? It’s inclusive of all races.
“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,” Aileen Ida, president of the College Democrats, told The College Fix via email.
Ida said white people are continually allowing for a societal system of oppression to occur unless they work against it. The white puzzle piece pin represents racial struggles of all sorts.
“No matter how accepting someone is, that doesn’t stop them from being part of a system based on centuries of inequality,” she said, adding the campaign transcends politics.
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— Etown College Dems (@EtownCollegeDem) February 10, 2017
Asked if all white students are privileged, Ida responded “yes,” but clarified that she doesn’t think all whites are socioeconomically privileged. Ida declined to cite specific examples of white privilege.
She also clarified that it’s not just white students who can wear the pins, that students of all races should take part to start a campuswide discussion that crosses racial divides.
Yet, she notes most people of color already have to live with racism while white people don’t.
“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,” Ida said. “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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