Week 12: The Meaning of Whiteness


“The silences and denials surrounding privilege are the key political tool here. They keep the thinking about equality or equity incomplete, protecting unearned advantage and conferred dominance by making these taboo subjects. Most talk by whites about equal opportunity seems to me now to be about equal opportunity to try to get into a position of dominance while denying that systems of dominance exist.” (McIntosh, Peggy. 1989. Pg. 5)

I chose this picture because it shows the true colors of white privilege. Hamilton, the musical, had an open casting call for women aged 20’s and 30’s and non white. Some deemed this to be racist. While many people of color are left out everyday during casting calls all around, the minute a white person is left out they feel that it is not right and that everyone should be equal. Often denying white privilege even exists, this just shows how much it actually does. Feeling threatened by the loss of one musical, white people feel that their dominance in the acting world may just be slipping away with this one loss of a call. While they often call for equal opportunity among all races, the minute a white person is left out it is racist, while things like this happen to people of color all the time!


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