Required Reading: "Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person"

by Abaki Beck

Text: Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Author: Gina Crosley-Corcoran

Quote to Highlight: “Recognizing privilege doesn’t mean suffering guilt or shame for your lot in life. Nobody’s saying that straight, white, middle-class, able-bodied males are all a bunch of assholes who don’t work hard for what they have. Recognizing privilege simply means being aware that some people have to work much harder just to experience the things you take for granted (if they ever can experience them at all).”

1 Sentence Summary: The author discusses her experience with the concept of "white privilege" as someone who grew up in a poor white family.

File it under: Whitesplaining, combating white supremacy, classism, intersectionality

Type of text: Personal essay

READ IT HERE! (link to Huffington Post)


POC Online Classroom strives to make social justice readings and resources accessible - with particular focus on the knowledge of people of color and other marginalized communities. Required Reading is a new series that will give readers a quick idea of each text before they delve into it. We will post every Tuesday and Thursday. This is one of the first in the series, but we hope to have one for every resource on the website in the future. Stay tuned!

Abaki Beck