Essay about Benefits Of Being A Diversity Course
I knew having a diversity course was going to be challenging for me. I never realized exactly how challenging it would be, however. Last semester when we did the PCP groups, I struggled to understand some of the things people had been through. Overcoming my own beliefs about how the world can be has been something I have thought long and hard about this semester. Looking back at my journals, I really struggled the first month of class. White privilege is not something I thought about very frequently at all - which, it turns out, is part of having white privilege. I did not think that I was privileged because I felt like I was raised in a low SES family who struggled. No part of that seemed like a privilege to me.
Reading articles for the class like McIntosh 's "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" were very difficult for me. That one actually took me by surprise at how offended I was by the topic. It was my first real introduction into what privilege I really do have. I do not think I really understood white privilege until I read "Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person" by Gina Crosley-Corcoran. The intersectionality is what I was thinking about, how I am privileged to be of a dominant race, but that not every aspect of my life has been about privilege. I was raised poor but in a dominantly white county. I was privileged to be able to live in and go to school in that county, but not privileged to be well-off financially.