Privilege Is the Greatest Enemy of Equality

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Privilege is the Greatest Enemy of Equality

Educators most often consider multicultural education as teaching their pupils about Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and other descendants of color. However, multicultural education is not complete if it doesn’t challenge the root of structural racism and racial oppression: the matter of white privilege. It’s vital to understand white privilege and the role it plays in affecting society. In essence, white privilege is an unwilling and non-owned racism that has been ingrained into our mindset throughout history, and it affects how we interact with each other and how those who don’t share such advantages are affected. It’s a permeating factor responsible for many inequalities faced among races, widening the social gap between white and nonwhite Americans. Accessibility to education, jobs, and housing are all directly affected by societal inconsistencies of privilege and power. Ultimately, racism isn’t caused by white privilege; white privilege is caused by racism. Yet racism isn't a problem that resides in the minds of individuals; it lies rooted deep in our social institutions. It is necessary we reconstruct the societal ideologies of race and class to expel this self-perpetuating cycle. In this essay I will address these racial struggles for power and privilege, the role it plays in education, and my personal experience towards racism and how it has affected me as a person.
Privilege, as defined by Websters Dictionary, is a ‘special right, advantage, or immunity available only to a particular person or group’. In that sense, privilege is in and of itself a direct opposition to equality. Alongside this privilege comes power-the ability to coerce another’s behavior-with access to social, political and economic resources. In systems of oppression, power accrues to those who most greatly resemble the mythical…...

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