Critical Analysis Of Mirrors Of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible?

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Our society is culturally rich and full of vibrant colors which help create the beautiful tapestry we call society. However, within this beautiful tapestry the white privilege, hegemony, and ideology that is deeply woven in to this tapestry, dominate the beauty of what the tapestry represents, and overpowers the other fabrics that contribute to its beauty and it strengths. It our current times is critical that we are able to see all parts of the tapestry as equal, and how they interrelate to maintain the integrity of society. In this critical analysis, I will utilize Paolo Freire’s critical consciousness theory, the critical race theory and several of Janet Helms, “White racial identity formation,” to analyze the film and deconstruct the ways …show more content…
The film, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” portrays the real life stories of several white women and men and their encounters with racism, which resemble the levels of racism that plague our society and the kyriarchy that maintains it. This film connects to several of the concepts discussed thus far in this course, however, most importantly the film promotes racial and social justice, which are large proponents of maintaining an empowered society and social diversity.
The film portrays an individual, Rick Broniec, a white male, who’s experiences, connects well to Janet Helms’s “Stages of Racial Identity,” that were discussed in the reading, The Fallacy of A Colorblind Society, written by Professor Irene Maya Ota. While discussing his experiences and white privilege, Rick, appears to express his experiences through the sixth stage of racial identity. Being in the sixth stage of autonomy, Rick shares a lifetime process of emotions and experiences that have led him to where he stands today as a white male with a positive self-image, and understanding of his privileges and their functions. However, as Rick begins it
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However, having the ability to perceive the social injustices that perpetuate the oppression of the minoritized is critical in achieving equality, and recognizing the fallacies in the dominant discourse that holds the minoritized groups to the misrepresented fallacies of societal meritocracy. In making white visible, The Critical Consciousness Theory of Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator and theorist, is one theory that can address the privilege that the reading, White Privilege and Male Privilege, suggests, “Gives license to some people to be at best, thoughtless, and at worst murderous.” The Critical Consciousness Theory allows the oppressed to discover themselves and participate in the educating of the oppressed and oppressor, while addressing the homogony/ licenses of the master status. The discovery of these experiences, and the reflection of them allows the privileged to discover the regimes of truth enforced by the metanarratives of socialization. In recognizing privilege in this manner, growth and cultural competency can occur through shifts in the perception of the institutionalized privileges, and the ways in which they oppress the underprivileged. In shifting the perception of the privileged, the oppressed can begin to be seen for the people they are rather than ignored for who they are not. This shift also provides a double consciousness for the privileged to view the

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