Center on Race and Social Problems

Paul Croll discusses white privilege in America at CRSP

“We focus, I would even say obsess, on what divides us,” Croll said. “One of the things we could do alternatively is find common ground.

“Awareness of white privilege actually cuts across social divisions,” he noted. “That means we have a space where we can talk about [white privilege]. Instead of just debating ’round and ’round, what if we first talk about: Do we have a system where everyone is treated fairly, or do we have a system where whites have an advantage?” Following such honest conversations, he said, perhaps “we can actually move the needle on some of these policies.”

When white privilege was thought to be invisible, “it didn’t make white folks accountable,” he added. “How can we have a situation where Americans, including white Americans, are aware” of white privilege and the problems it causes? Conversations among people who have different attitudes toward, and awareness of, white privilege will do more to move the country forward than trading Facebook posts and Twitter tweets among people we already know, and whose attitude we already share.

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