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WHITE PRIVILEGE AND COLORISM 2
White privilege is a phrase that is used to represent the white people with American's
advantage over other groups of colors. It is believed that white people are more privileged or
holds a more significant power over someone who is a non-white (Bell, Funk, Joshi & Valdívia,
2016). White preference, therefore, gives a critical choice to white people and denies the people
of color opportunities.
I have a few personal experiences of white privilege. I bond quickly with individuals of
different skin color than mine may be due to the environment I was brought up- a diverse
community. However, I have been getting ‘white privilege.' For instance, I have never been
followed or harassed by the police based on my skin color. Though I have witnessed in many
scenarios, my friends being asked to pull over and forced to step out without any good reason in
a traffic stop. All these victims were non-white individuals'.
I think some privileges change in the dependence of the social context. For instance in the
story of Elizabeth and Hazel; Hazel bullied her while in school, but later she was apologetic and
reconciled with her. Hazel could have done out of influence from others, but then she reflected
and apologized to Elizabeth.
Colorism is the discrimination of individual based on dark skin complexion despite being
of the same race (Hunter, 2013). The roots of Colorism are from way back during the time of
colonization. During the slavery of Africans to Americans, An example of Colorism in American
today is the study of Adbi, Chatterjee, Kinias & Singh (2006) where his studies show that people
with lighter complexion were considered for jobs over someone with dark skin.
In conclusion, there exists a fragile line between white privilege and Colorism. In both, the
whites are privileged, and the blacks are less considered. White privilege and Colorism lived
there before and is still increasing at a high rate in the United States.

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Running Head: White Privilege And Colorism White Privilege and Colorism Name: Tutor: Institution: WHITE PRIVILEGE AND COLORISM 2 White privilege is a phrase that is used to represent the white people with American's advantage over other groups of colors. It is believed that white people are more privileged or holds a more significant power over someone who is a non-white (Bell, Funk, Joshi & Valdívia, 2016). White preference, therefore, gives a critical choice to white people and denies the people of color opportunities. I have a few personal experiences of white privilege. I bond quickly with individuals of different skin color than mine may be due to the environment I was brought up- a diverse community. However, I have been getting ‘white privilege.' For instance, I have never been followed or harassed by the police based on my skin color. Though I have witnessed in many scena ...
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