Recognizing Privilege

I thought I would share some links that I have found helpful when discussing prejudice and privilege in my classroom. These are topics that come up so often, especially when discussing mental health issues.

First, an interesting video here that suggests that babies are born with prejudice and hatred ingrained. Definitely opens up an interesting dialogue about the nature of morality and the “isms.” Or, are experiences more important? Very hard to say. I have not read the full study, so I am doubtful (always have a healthy amount Smilie: :-D), so I definitely want to look into it more.

After our discussion last class, I began thinking of times outside of the possible biological nature of prejudice and more in terms of experiences. When do we receive messages that could lead to judgments?  I think cartoons played a huge role in what we believe, which is why shows like Sesame Street push for a wide range of characters.

Mere exposure to the “other” reduces hatred and misunderstandings. It is amazing to look back on the old cartoons and to realize how racist they truly were. Most older cartoons begin with this warning now. It is good to acknowledge that these cartoons were wrong, but not to censor them. They exist, and we can still learn from them.

Finally, here are several links to how to discuss privilege and how to recognize privilege when it happens.

I value these lists, because it helps me to realize what I have and what others do not. It motivates me to do something about it and to speak out.

Finally, I end on a positive note. For those who haven’t seen it yet, Progress Does Happen!


Category(s): Diversity

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