In order to truly understand issues of diversity, we must consider the idea
of privilege and how it impacts everything around us—in and out of the
classroom. The articles below provide information, questions, and resources
on this challenging concept.
Privilege, and the Limits of Tolerance
Article by Cris Cullinan of the University of Oregon. From the Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, Vol. 1, No. 2, September 1999.
vs. White Privilege: An Interview with Christine Sleeter
Interview with Christine Sleeter, a professor at California State University-Monterey Bay and co-editor of the book Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy, and the Politics of Difference. The interview is from the online edition of Rethinking Schools: An Urban Education Journal, Volume 15, No. 2 - Winter 2000 / 2001.
Suggestions for teaching about whiteness from Gregory Jay, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Includes discussion questions and suggested activities.
Privilege Shapes the U.S.
Discussion of privilege by Robert Jensen, a professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Article first appeared in the Baltimore Sun, July 19, 1998.
Thoughts on Why the System of White Privilege is Wrong
Follow-up essay to White Privilege Shapes the U.S written by Robert Jensen and taken from the Baltimore Sun, July 4, 1999.