Clever blog explains white privilege using real-life examples


Do you really know what white privilege is? (Pictures: BoujieMedia)

White privilege is a notoriously tricky topic to discuss.

It is essentially the notion that white people exist with an inherent level of privilege over people of colour, because the systems that create our world were built to favour and prioritise white people.

It doesn’t mean that if you’re white you have an easy life or have never faced any hardship or oppression, but it does mean that you won’t be held back specifically because of your race.

But some white people get incredibly defensive when discussing white privilege, and it can be hard for people of colour to explain what it is and how it impacts their life. But thankfully a new blog is explaining what white privilege looks like with simple, real-life examples.

Jodie Williams and Samantha Mighton, the founder of Boujie Media, have launched a collaborative blog where they asked people of colour to describe their lived experiences of white privilege.

They hope this simple, accessible blog will help to unpick some of the myths and misunderstandings around white privilege, and open up some vital conversations.

‘From my experience, the concept of white privilege can be hard for people to understand,’ Jodie tells Metro.co.uk.

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People of colour have all been asked this question (Picture: BoujieMedia)

‘It took me a lot of reading, learning and listening to really understand it. I think people hear the term and are automatically made to feel uncomfortable, especially if they don’t feel privileged.

‘People link white privilege to economic privilege and I hear quite a lot how people don’t feel like they have white privilege because they didn’t grow up with a financial economic privilege.’

Jodie says it’s important for people to understand that white privilege is something society affords you – and just because you have it that doesn’t mean you are a bad person.

‘It just means that you benefit in some ways from society,’ she explains. ‘However because our society works in this way, it is hard, when you have white privilege to see when you are benefitting from it, because it is something you have always had.

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‘I think the easiest way I have learnt about it, outside of my own lived experiences, was hearing from other people and knowing that what I experience was actually a collective experience in many ways.

‘I wanted to present an easier way for people to understand this and acknowledge people’s lived experiences.’

The blog itself features beautiful illustrations of people of colour alongside a simple example of white privilege.

‘White privilege is never having to have the texture of your hair criminalised and called unprofessional,’ reads one post.

‘White privilege is being able to buy your child a doll that looks like them,’ reads another.

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Many of the examples are about visibility in society, with people of colour explaining that they are made to feel ‘other’ through a lack of representation – something that white people never have to experience.

Other examples touch on systemic racism and inequalities that people of colour face in school and the workplace, that often goes unnoticed by people who do not experience these things.

‘White privilege is not having to Google how racist a holiday destination is before you go there,’ reads another powerful post.

‘Society works better when everyone can take part and be their best self,’ says Jodie.

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‘It is important for each of us to acknowledge our own privilege and work towards creating equality for all. 

‘Whilst some privileges I don’t benefit from, e.g. white privilege, others I do, and it is on me to work towards creating a more equal place for people who don’t benefit from the same systems of privilege that I benefit from.

‘For example, I live with straight privilege, I have always been able to marry my partner if I wished, I have been able to see relationships like mine reflected on TV, and when I travel I can do so knowing that travelling with my partner will generally be accepted. 

It’s about the sense of belonging (Picture: BoujieMedia)
Representation is so important (Picture: BoujieMedia)
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‘If people can acknowledge and understand their privilege, they are better placed to create a better environment and society for all.’

The blog was also shared on the Our Mel Facebook page, and Jodie and Sam say the response has been phenomenal. They have received messages from people telling them how much they have learnt.

Jodie has been approached to turn the series of examples into a book, which means the message could spread even further.

Do you have a story to share? We want to hear from you.

Get in touch: metrolifestyleteam@metro.co.uk.

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