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Posts tagged “privilege”

29 Jul 2019 performative activism / privilege / meritocracy  •  5 min read

We can’t resist racism until we stop trying to be seen as “good” people

We’ve been told our whole lives that our privileges were earned, either from hard graft or natural “merit”. These are lies, albeit lies we hold onto tightly and perhaps don’t believe we can survive without.

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24 Jun 2019 anti-semitism / privilege / white supremacy / Zionism  •  6 min read

How reclaiming my Jewish identity helped me to confront my complicity in racism

Being Jewish gives me a particular perspective on racism and white supremacy. I know first hand what it is to benefit from racial privilege. But the fact that my privilege is contingent—in a way that doesn’t apply to white Anglo-Saxon Protestants—makes it easier for me to resist white denial.

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7 Jan 2019 diversity / white fragility / privilege  •  2 min read

Diversity and inclusion programmes won’t stop racism. It’s time to face up to race, power and privilege.

Fifty years after the Race Relations Act, systemic racism is alive and well. We’re still trying to eliminate workplace racial inequality by rooting out individual prejudice while ignoring the power structures which sustain racism.

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5 Dec 2018 professionals / neutrality / privilege  •  4 min read

When professionals claim to be neutral they end up serving the powers that be

The whole idea of professional neutrality is a myth that obscures the workings of power. Our attempts to distance ourselves from politics is itself a political act—one that serves the status quo.

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