Equity Challenge Week 1 Day 2- Racial Privilege

Today we will be expanding our conversation around race to provide a broad overview of race’s presence in society.
For this learning experience, we will be addressing white privilege’s role in society, alongside further resources discussing racism and ways we can begin to deconstruct it.
Racial privilege: Race-based advantages and preferential treatment based on skin color (often experienced without any conscious effort or awareness)
What is Heart of Indiana United Way doing to adress privilege? Introducing the Equity Advancement Fund.
Imagine a community where everyone has a fair shot at opportunities, where barriers dissolve, and success knows no boundaries. As a catalyst for change we are offering  entry-level grants designed to help small, grassroots organizations that have not applied for funding in the past to easily enter the granting process and build relationships for future funding and capacity-building opportunities. The Equity Advancement Fund is now taking applications and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. To learn more about the fund, apply, or to make a donation to help continue this work click here. 


10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Exists in Every Aspect Imaginable (10 Minute Read)

Read this article to get a glimpse into life changing lessons on White Privilege.

How Privileged are You? (5 Minute Read)

Take this BuzzFeed quiz to see how privileged you are compared to other quiz takers.

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America* (9 Minute Read)

“Americans don’t see me, or Ahmaud Arbery, running down the road—they see their fear.” -Ibram X Kendi

piece 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


Deconstructing White Privilege (20:01)

Robin DiAngelo is the author of “What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy “ and has been an anti-racist educator and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.


Yo is This Racist? Recomended by Oprah, this podcast answers callers questions- frequently comedically. We’ve included it because it highlights differnt POV’s and shows how our own lived experiences influence what we think is, or is not racist.