White Privilege Unmasked
How to Be Part of the Solution
by Judy Ryde
Pub Date 21 Mar 2019
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All white people understand cultural differences from a platform of relative privilege, affecting their personal and professional interactions. How should they respond when confronted with this knowledge? This book looks at the concept of whiteness, and shows how individuals can 'unmask' their own whiteness and take meaningful steps to break down systematic and structural racism.
Exploring how colonial history resulted in white privilege, this book examines how that privilege manifests today in a culturally diverse world, and the links between the rise in far-right politics and anti-immigration rhetoric that led to Brexit and Donald Trump's election. It looks at the pressures on privilege and white populations, with candid reflections on how even well-meaning white people may project unconscious bias in their everyday lives, including the author's own experiences. There are also dedicated chapters on training to raise awareness of white privilege in professional organizations.