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Power of Acknowledging White Privilege in Addressing Racism Within United Nations

Racism is “an evil infecting countries and societies around the world” the UN chief said in his message marking theInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminationon 20 March 2024 ---but it impacts communities differently. Credit: Unsplash/Clay Banks. UN News

NEW YORK, Jun 12 (IPS) - As we commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre this month, organizations and communities should focus on white privilege as it is a critical but often overlooked component of effective racial justice change processes. White privilege, rooted in European-led colonization, provides unearned advantages to white individuals, often unnoticed due to their perception as universal experiences.

In 1988, American scholar and activist Peggy McIntosh famously defined white privilege as: “The unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white. Generally, white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.”

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