White Privilege: The Other Side of Racism
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This chapter explains the social construction of whiteness and the process of "becoming" white. It aims to understand the concept of white privilege. The chapter analyses the ways social class, social mobility, and whiteness are interconnected. Part of white privilege involves the treatment of white people as individuals, without all of their actions' being attributed to their membership in a racial group or reflecting on other members of a racial group. An example of white privilege involves media treatment of terrorists or mass murderers. The chapter focuses on race privilege, the idea that if some racial/ethnic groups experience disadvantages, there is a group that is advantaged by this very same system. Racial categories change across time and place. Someone that is defined as white in Brazil may not be defined as white in the United States, whereas an African American may be defined as white in Brazil.