Video | Melissa Harris Perry Show: Discussion on “Privilege”

On Sunday’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, the panel had an INTENSE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING discussion on “PRIVLEGE.”

Panelist: Tim Wise, David Webb, Chloe Angel, and Blair Kelly

Tim Wise: “Whatever people of privilege there is an obligation to use that as responsibly as possible.”

David Webb: We keep bringing it into privilege when it’s cultural. “Racism is about power and control.”

Chloe Angel: 1. “I’ll say it, we need to hear from white people.” “It is in part White people’s responsiblity to end racism.”

Blair Kelly: “Celebrities are not the stuff of “mobilizing.”

I’ll say it: Tim Wise; your WHITE PRIVILEGE is showing.

Your thoughts?

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30 Responses to Video | Melissa Harris Perry Show: Discussion on “Privilege”

  1. Ametia says:

    White privilege and Trayvon Martin
    by United Methodist News Service
    By Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton*

    During a golf outing a few days ago, my playing partner hit a shot that unfortunately sliced out of bounds. After searching for a few minutes I located the ball in someone’s backyard.

    “There’s your ball,” I cried. “It’s in that person’s backyard.”

    “Just leave it,” he replied. “Let’s just go.”

    When I inquired as to why he didn’t want to pick up his errant ball, my playing partner said, “I won’t go into someone’s backyard on a golf course. I have been threatened with stealing and trespassing in the past.”

    It was there, in the peaceful confines of a golf course, that I was confronted with an unbelievably disturbing fact: my golf mate and I had two different perceptions of reality.

    You see, the person I was playing with is African American. I, a tall white male, would have had no hesitation in walking into that backyard, picking up the errant ball, and making my way back onto the course. My African-American golf partner had huge hesitations based on his own experience.

    My experience is called “white privilege.” His experience is called “racism.”

    • Yahtc says:

      from the article:

      There are countless numbers of commentaries being shared regarding the recent trial of George Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin. Many of those comments reflect the hurt, anxiety and pain of the African-American community. Many of those comments express concern over matters of race. On the other side, in public forums and hallway conversations, others cast judgment on those who raise the issue of race and do not understand the passion for doing so. Still others say nothing at all because it does not affect them or the limited realm that makes up their world

  2. Ametia says:

    Oldie but a goodie

  3. Yahtc says:

    “I want to say something to you white people. It is not enough to feel bad, it’s not enough to not be a bigot,” she said. “Because if you are not actively dismantling white supremacy and checking your privilege every single day and thinking about racism the way that our young black men in our community have to think about it, you are not doing it right.”

  4. Yahtc says:

    This photo really touched my heart.

    What will our society be like when she becomes an adult?

  5. Yahtc says:

  6. Yahtc says:

    Daily Beast article: “Obama’s Trayvon Breifing Shows View on Race in America is Changing”

  7. Yahtc says:

    Article: “Top Five Quotes on the Trayvon Martin Case”

  8. Yahtc says:

    Article: “Trayvon Martin and Making Whiteness Visible”

    If there is one hopeful note amid all the anguish and recrimination from the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it’s that growing numbers of white people have come to appreciate whiteness for what it is: an unearned set of privileges. And as a result of that dawning awareness, it’s become possible to imagine a day when that structure of privilege is dismantled — by white people.

  9. Yahtc says:

    I just discovered this “White Privilege” rap song:

  10. I never cared for Tim Wise. I reach for my remote whenever I see his face on my tv. **click**

  11. Ametia says:

    Regarding, Tim Wise. I just hope black folks don’t get so IN TO Tim Wise as the authority and validator on anti-racism that they miss the point of white folks needing the education.

  12. Ametia says:

    ABC “This Week” Roundtable.

    Matthew Dowd: “It’s not race; it’s about class.”

    • Ametia says:

      It was a discussion, Georgie S., but it wasn’t great. White folks in this roundtable wanted to deny race.

      Dowd: “It was more about Obama’s personal evolution about his views on race.”

      No; Dowd it was about white privileged folks like you who are deep in denial about RACISM in America and want to skip along to class to avoid talking about RACE.

      • Yahtc says:

        “White folks in this roundtable wanted to deny race.”

        It is hard and frightening for me with embedded racism to honestly look at myself and admit I am biased (can’t even be brave enough to say racist) and depend on the benefits of white privilege. It is like dropping my crutches without knowing if I can even walk …..dropping my crutches without knowing just how disabled I am……dropping my crutches and fearing the resulting injury from the potential fall.

  13. rikyrah says:

    keep on posting it all

  14. Xena says:

    I’ve read and listened to Tim Wise numerous times. His position is to teach Whites. Actually, I like Jane Elliot more because not only does she apply lessons to teach Whites about privilege, she also promotes pride among minorities. This is what I mean — something profound that she stated about people who say they don’t see color. That means they are not accepting people for who they are, because race places a significant role in their culture and experiences.

    For instance, a White woman calls her Black friend who tells her she is getting ready to wash her hair. If that White friend does not see her color, she can assume that her Black friend can get out of the shower, blow dry her hair in 5 minutes and be ready to leave the house.

    • Ametia says:

      No doubt that Tim Wise’s intent is to educate whites. Because, for me, he’s preaching to the choir. I’m wondering just how many whites actually attend his lectures, read his books, and absorb any of his anti-racists musings. There is something that just not sit right with me, regarding Wise. Could it be that he’s cornered the market on Anti-racism education, and thus thinks he has become the leading authority on the subject?

      • Xena says:


        No doubt that Tim Wise’s intent is to educate whites. Because, for me, he’s preaching to the choir.

        So true.

        There is something that just not sit right with me, regarding Wise. Could it be that he’s cornered the market on Anti-racism education, and thus thinks he has become the leading authority on the subject?

        That’s an excellent question. David L. Hudson Jr. touches on the subject in his books on hate speech, but he works with the First Amendment Center. Tim Wise is an independent not under rules and policies of any organization.

      • Ametia says:

        Thanks for the David L.Hudson Jr. hat tip, Xena. I’ll want to check this out.

        • Xena says:

          Robert Jensen, professor of media ethics and journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, is the author of the book “The Heart of Whiteness.” Jensen, who is White, wrote it for Whites. At least one of his lectures is on Youtube. I didn’t embed it because it’s about an hour long.

      • Yahtc says:

        I will check out Hudson, Jensen, and Elliot when I get a chance.

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