Faculty Mentor

Meredith Redlin


In 1989, Peggy McIntosh introduced the “White Privilege” survey, which was a research instrument designed to indicate day-to-day incidences of small advantages which exist in our society attached to being white. Those enrolled in the class, on average, strongly agreed more with the survey compared to the general population. This could be attributed to differences in education and the effects of race. By looking at data collected individually and across racial groups, it can be seen that there are extreme differences in outlooks on white privilege between those who are white (76% of the total sample) and those who are of other races (24% of the total sample). When compared with whites, people of other races were more likely to disagree with the questions presented in the white privilege survey. This can be attributed to the differences found in experiences of people of other races. It can stem from the notion of racism and the attention to race that causes people to judge individuals based on a group.



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