“Racial Privilege: A Primer”
This was part of an event put on by the school’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Campus Reform reports:
N.J. college tells white students to think about their ‘racial privilege’
A New Jersey college hosted a diversity workshop for students and faculty that asked participants to explore their “racial privilege” as part of its “Diversity Education Series” on campus.
The College of New Jersey’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted an event called “Racial Privilege: A Primer” during which, according to The Signal student newspaper, participants were told to “put on their racial clothing” to explore the effects of racial privilege.
Participants during the meeting, according to the Signal, were asked at one point to close their eyes and answer 50 questions based on activist Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the White Knapsack.” White participants were asked to think about how the presence of privileges had affected their lives, while people of color were asked to think about the negative impacts of the absence of privileges.
Students also discussed their feelings of privilege in a group after the activity, with the goal of understanding what privilege meant to students who were white and to those of color.
Cynthia Fulford, assistant director of the Support for Teacher Education program at TCNJ told Campus Reform in an email, “The invisible privileges afforded to a group allow them to believe they get ahead based solely on working hard and doing the right things.”
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