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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Peggy McIntosh is an American feminist and anti-racism activist, the associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and a speaker and the founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). This article, authored in 1988, is the foundational to the process of examining one’s white privilege.
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates’s brief history of the decisions that impoverished black residents of Chicago makes plain that racism can indeed be systemic. He asks for an acknowledgement of not only the history but the legacy of white supremacy, the government housing policies and private contracts that account for the racial gap in wealth in the United States.