White privilege is a set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others. White privilege can exist without white people’s conscious knowledge of its presence and it helps to maintain the racial hierarchy in this country. (source)
Here are a few quotes that help explain privilege and race:
“To be white, and or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”
This invisibility is political.”
? Michael S. Kimmel,
“Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice.”
? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
“The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”
? Tim Wise
“Since the notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity and be “just humans” within the framework of white supremacy has usually meant that subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged-class whites, rather than promoting racial harmony this thinking has created a fierce cultural protectionism.”
? bell hooks,
Meggan Spicer has a new ebook out: $5 Family Fun that includes 50 frugal, help fabulous ways for a family of four to have fun together on five dollars or less. Projects are broken into two categories: holiday/seasonal and general fun. Each idea can be modified for families of three, five, or however big your clan is. The key is to utilize dollar store finds, free local services, generic brands, common household items, and starter kit items (common items that will be used in multiple projects).
Meggan asked me to share my favorite activity from the ebook with you, and I picked the Take A Hike Trail Mix. Trail Mix – $5
No cooking required—just throw your favorite combination of trail mix ingredients ($1 each) from the dollar store together to make a personalized tasty trail mix. Scour the aisles to find what suits your tastes, but here are some options that I found:
* Peanuts or mixed nuts
* Dried cranberries
* Chocolate chips
* Dried banana chips
* Mini marshmallows
* Shredded coconut
Grab some water from home before you go. If you don’t like the taste of your city’s tap water, reduce your trail mix ingredients to four and use the extra dollar to buy bottled water from the dollar store.
I bet your little hikers will exclaim your praises when you whip out this trail mix from your backpack!