"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."

– Robert Kennedy

Welcome to day 3

Topic: Power and Privilege

Take the time today to understand what power and privilege each of us really has. Take the quiz below to understand the power you have with your privilege.

Reminder, no matter who you are or where you are on the journey, you will not be perfect. Try to digest the information slowly and go at your own pace. Allow time for reflection and avoid feeling pressured to tackle everything.

Let’s Take a Closer Look At the Different Types of Privilege.

Privilege is the unearned social, political, economic, and psychological benefits of membership in a group that has institutional and structural power (YWCA). There are many types of privilege that different groups have in the U.S. We commonly hear about privilege because of race or gender, but privilege also exists for different groups based on religion, sexuality, ability, class, and education level. Having privilege can give you advantages in life, but having privilege is not a guarantee of success.

Challenge Menu

Interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum on White Privilege

Beverly Daniel Tatum answers questions about white privilege and how it appears across different areas of society. Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist, professor and past President of Spelman College. She is an expert on race relations and author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”  and “Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community.”

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America

“Americans don’t see me, or Ahmaud Arbery, running down the road—they see their fear.” Written by Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, this piece articulates the relationship between Black people and American perceptions of them.

What Is Privilege?

“Privilege is complex…” This video explores different types of privilege and helps to demonstrate the variety of advantages that set groups apart. (4 minutes).

Jane Elliott Blue Eyes Experiment to 3rd Graders (1970)

On the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in April 1968, Jane Elliott’s third graders from the small, all-white town of Riceville, Iowa, came to class confused and upset. They recently had made King their “Hero of the Month,” and they couldn’t understand why someone would kill him. So Elliott decided to teach her class a daring lesson in the meaning of discrimination. She wanted to show her pupils what discrimination feels like, and what it can do to people. She divided her class by eye color — those with blue eyes and those with brown. On the first day, the blue-eyed children were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes. (25 minutes)

Chelsea Handler on Privilege

Sam Sanders talks to comedian Chelsea Handler, who made a documentary on Netflix called “Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea,” where she explored the idea of white privilege. Which happens to be a thing that a lot of people are talking about again…right now, in 2021. (25 minutes)

For Reflection

How Privileged Are You? Check(list) your privilege

Take this brief quiz to help you understand your personal privilege. The quiz will provide a summary with reference to others who have taken the quiz.