White Privilege

Set of advantages white people benefit from on a daily basis

Examples of white privilege

  • Flesh colored band-aids
  • Dolls/barbies
  • Hair products
  • Media representation
  • Textbooks


The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one's own experiences, and assume that others are different or exceptional.

White privilege in education

Since white folks have been in control for so long, we have determined what is valuable or interesting or useful in terms of education. Greek and Roman mythology, Chaucer, and other canonized works have been selected and revered through the ages as critical components of any “solid liberal arts education.”

What Can Teachers Do?

  • Discuss all types of privilege
  • Show examples of all races in textbooks, lessons
  • Include these concepts in everyday curriculum, not just on black history month