Do you want to take care of your white privilege but don’t know how?
Many white people want to contribute to anti-racist change but feel insecure about where to start. Let’s face it, nobody has taught us in school how we could navigate our white privilege healthily. We lack positive role models who show us how to engage in social justice meaningfully. We can’t practice anti-racism or decolonization the same way as Black people or Indigenous people due to our white privilege. Furthermore, we may have unconscious blocks due to our social conditioning that prevent us from contributing to social justice.
Practicing anti-racism and social justice as a white person is a transformative journey. It is the only pathway to breaking the intergenerational cycle of systemic violence. Our unawareness often leads to toxic relationship dynamics with BIPOC people. If we don’t do anything, we stay part of the problem. White people can become part of the solution by learning to navigate their privilege healthily.
White Privilege 101 – Guidelines to Navigate White Privilege Healthily
These guidelines get you started on this journey. Reading them, you will:
- Understand important terminology of anti-racist practice
- Discover socially conditioned behaviours that block white people from engaging constructively in anti-racist practice
- Find out about healthy and unhealthy behaviours concerning navigating privilege
- Explore reflections to deepen your journey in anti-racism
- Create a concrete plan for your future journey in anti-racist practice
How much longer do you want to wait?
A little bit about me
I have been on the journey to dismantle the dynamics of white supremacy since I was an adolescent. The dynamics of oppression that we face in our society are deeply connected with the culture of white supremacy which is the shadow of our world for centuries. When I became a mental health professional, I started to integrate anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices into my services. Over the last decade, I had very intimate conversations about systemic racism with Black people, People of Colour, and Indigenous people. They taught me a lot about my privilege as a settler and a white individual. They also showed me how little is changing over the years because white people don’t change. I deeply believe that now is time to break the cycle of systemic violence.
I hope that “White Privilege 101” supports you in navigating your white privilege healthily.
If you want to learn more, I invite you to check out the podcast Native Calgarian hosted by Michelle Robinson, an Indigenous activist. I was a guest on the episodes “Anti-oppression, racism, the roles of settlers and colonialism” and “Canada doesn’t meet the bar on oppression.” I also wrote an article about the importance of dismantling white supremacy.