White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost. Reni Eddo-Lodge, author
White Privilege in the United States doesn’t mean your life isn’t hard, can’t be hard, or was never hard. It means the color of your skin will never be a factor in what’s causing your difficulties.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to talk honestly with a friend of another race living in the U.S., perhaps you haven’t had the chance to explore the consequences of White Privilege. You may even think it is political mumbo jumbo. Even though I’m Caucasian, I know White Privilege is happening all around us. We need to be awake to the consequences. When we see systems that are hurting or hindering others because of the color of their skin, we need to stay focused on their plight and make our voices heard.
Affirmation: I’m awake to the plight of others.
Coaching questions: If you’re Caucasian, consider what White Privilege means in your life? If you are a person of color, help your white friend or colleague understand what not being white in the U.S. has meant in your life?