Baffled by “White Privilege” in Ferguson

Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1/28/16

Baffled by “White Privilege” in Ferguson
“White privilege” recently made an appearance in the presidential race when a college student, Thalia Anguiano, asked Clinton what the term “white privilege” meant to her.

I have to admit I am baffled by the term. As a resident of Ferguson Missouri, my wife and I have had more than our share of conversations using terms and ideas such as white privilege, white supremacy, white male power (my personal favorite was when I asked an activist at a social justice meeting, an older white woman, the goals she saw for the organization and she responded “I won’t be forced into your white male hierarchy”).

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