Hilarity, Whiteness, and Privilege – A Literary Follow-Up

After posting the blog on humor and white privilege a few days ago, I have had a lot of responses, most of them private, though.  Some were pretty upset with me for taking the positions that I did while others wanted to know more.  I am hoping that I can bring some of those private conversations into the public at some point so that we can have a wider discussion, but in the mean time, I wanted to offer a few suggested readings based on the interest that some people had voiced.

Here are a couple of  titles that speak to white privilege in great ways:

“White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” by Tim Wise is not only one of my favorite books but is, in my opinion, one of the best pieces of whiteness and privilege every written.

Also, “When Affirmative Action was White” by Ira Katznelson looks to the history of government programs and affirmative action that directly benefited white people.  It is important to note, though, that the title is deceiving, as affirmative action is still largely white, as the people most likely to benefit from Affirmative Action programs are white women.

I also love the blog Stuff White People Do. Phttp://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/ It is a great way to digest some shorter pieces on privilege if you don’t have the desire to read a book or don’t have the time!  I highly recommend checking it out!  Also, there is often some great discussion in the comments section that I love to read through.
Peace be the Journey!

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