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400 Years Initiative

White Privilege

Details on the White Privilege Symposium can be found in Events; if you are interested in learning more about the speakers, or about white privilege in general, here are some resources that can serve as a starting point on that journey!


Robin Diangelo:

  • DiAngelo, R. (2015). White fragility: Why it’s so hard to talk to white people about racism. The Good Men Project. HTML, PDF format. A short essay introducing the concepts in Diangelo's book of the same title.

  • DiAngelo, R., & Sensoy, O. (2014). Leaning in: A student’s guide to engaging constructively with social justice content. Radical Pedagogy, 11(1), 1-15. PDF.

  • Sensoy, Ö., & DiAngelo, R. (2014). Respect differences? Challenging the common guidelines in social justice education. Democracy and Education, 22(2), 1. Link.


Darnisha Amante:


Yusef Salaam:


More Resources:

This is not an exhaustive list, but some good places to start if you're interested in learning more!

  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (2007). Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880. Oxford University Press. FLO Catalog*. In this seminal essay, Du Bois introduces the concept of a "psychological wage" that separates white workers and black, placing it in the context of white supremacy.

  • Middleton, S., Roediger, D. R., & Shaffer, D. M. (Eds.). (2016). The construction of whiteness : An interdisciplinary analysis of race formation and the meaning of a white identity. eBook*.

  • Wise, T. J. (2014). White like me : race, racism & white privilege in America. Video*.

  • The Combahee River Collective statement, a formative text in the development of identity as a political concept. HTML.

  • Bonds, A., & Inwood, J. (2016). Beyond white privilege. Progress in Human Geography, 40(6), 715–733. Article*.

  •  Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics. In University of Chicago Legal Forum (Vol. 1989, No. 1, p. 8). PDF.



* Asterisks indicate materials provided through Lesley databases. Items without asterisks are freely available on the web.


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