The Whiteness Project
The Whiteness project provided significant lessons on white privilege and its impact on non-white minority races. White privilege is a manifestation of racist construct that has been developing for several centuries across the world. The article Who Invented White People explains that racism is a social attribute that has been progressing systematically for many years. For example, scientists in the 17th century tried to prove that biological differences occur among people of various races. Additionally, the term Caucasian was an invention to separate the white race from minorities like Asian and African backgrounds. The construction of racism shows that it is reversible as there is no distinction between people of various races (Jay, 1998). Actually, humans are one of the most non-differentiated species in the animal kingdom because their genetic makeup is very similar.
The second lesson is that the construction of race is absurd because racial purity is not a societal norm. Interracial marriages continue to grow in popularity in the country, though many people still view them as unacceptable. However, history shows that there is no pure race in the world as many modern ethnicities are a result of mixed unions between people of varying cultures (Jay, 1998). Therefore, race identity is one of the most misleading perceptions in human history.
The constructs of racism give privilege and power to white people while creating numerous disadvantages for non-white communities. Nonetheless, it is essential to evaluate the impact of patriarchy on white male privilege. The readings suggest that it is white men, and not all Caucasians, that benefit fully from racism. Granted, white women enjoy more benefits as compared to women from other races such as African Americans, yet they still struggle against patriarchy and chauvinism in the society. For example, white women experience prejudice in the workplace because of their gender. Consequently, white privilege benefits white men more than any other social grouping.
Finally, the course material proves that racism occurs in all levels of society including the individual and institutional level. The systemic incorporation of racism into daily activities makes it difficult for individuals to take responsibility for white privilege (Jay, 1998). For instance, some respondents in the whiteness project believe it is not their fault that they experience preferential treatment in the society. While it is not easy for one to take responsibility for racism, they can participate in the efforts to alleviate inequality by being conscious of white privilege.
The biggest challenge posed by white privilege is navigating the world as a person of Chinese descent. Colourism is evident in the society based on the attitude that a person receives depending on their skin tone. It is difficult to inspire hard work and diligence in people who believe that favors are for white people. However, it is important for all people, regardless of race, to perpetuate societal norms that advance equality. I will use the lessons learned as a foundation to do more research on racial politics. Additionally, I will seek to enlighten those around me on the impact of white privilege on minority races. Furthermore, it is essential to advocate for equality among all people despite race, gender, religion, or socio-economic status. The information will help me navigate the world with ease, as I will remain aware of the privileges afforded to others based on their race. However, I will challenge the status quo by working hard to overcome the hardships that minority races face in the world. Any achievement made by an individual from a minority race is a statement against racism and white privilege.
Jay, G. (1998). Who invented white people? Academia.edu. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/3931618/Who_Invented_White_People