March 30-31 at Augustana College, Rock Island
White Privilege Summit 2011 is a community event to discuss race,
privilege, inequality and the fight for social justice. We need your
voice at this important summit. Free and open to the public.
What is white privilege?
Do whites benefit from racial inequality? The idea of white privilege
suggests that being white in a racialized society such as ours is
actually a position of advantage. If people of color face barriers and
discrimination in their daily lives, what is the effect for whites? Are
whites unaffected by race, or are they privileged by race? Peggy
McIntosh, an anti-racist activist and scholar, describes white
"I have come to see white privilege
as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing
in each day, but about which I was Ďmeant' to remain oblivious. White
privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special
provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank
... The summit serves as an opportunity to examine and explore difficult
issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. This
summit is not about making white people feel guilty. The summit is about
critically examining the society in which we live and working to
dismantle systems of power, prejudice and inequality.
Be there, white man.