My Peace Corps friend and colleague – we were volunteers together in Nigeria in 1962-64 – has written a powerful piece about white privilege in Counterpunch, a magazine where he is a frequent contributor. He begins, “Some of the richest white Americans are lined up and determined to buy the next election(s). Sheldon Adelson tried it in 2012 but he made a terrible choice: Newt Gingrich. He won’t do that again. The ever-ready Koch brothers will pump so much money into the 2014 off-year elections that it’s possible that the Senate will turn Republican.”
Read all of Chuck’s piece, and let me know what you think! (To find his piece you have to scroll down to the second article when the page opens.)
If you want another resource on white privilege, consider Tim Wise’s book, White Like Me – Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
In the class I’m co-facilitating at Norwalk’s Lifetime Learners program, called “Am I a Racist?” we’ve already talked about white privilege. I know the topic will come up again in our next four classes – if not raised by someone else, then I’ll bring it up.
My town of Westport Connecticut exhibits some signs of being a haven of white privilege, but it also has sparks of change. More about that another day.