September 28, 2010

25 Myths About Race and "Racism": Myth #3

Myth #3: Whites Have Some Special Kind of "Skin Privilege"

This is another of the rare race myths that can be traced back to its originator. The accusation, that Whites benefit from some form of “skin privilege,” was first made by Noel Ignatiev, a former Harvard University staff member, and has now gained favor, under the rubric of “Whiteness Studies,” on college campuses nationwide.

On its face, the idea is preposterous, Whites (particularly White men) are the most discriminated against group in America. Whites are not awarded extra points for . . . read more

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