People of color have often written and spoken about the burden of being called on to explain and defend the concept of white privilege on a regular basis, spontaneously, whenever a white person feels curious about or offended by a concept or cultural practice that is unfamiliar to them. We white people need to move beyond casually asking our black- or brown-skinned acquaintances or colleagues about their lived experiences of systemic oppression and everyday injustice. Doing so is disrespectful and harmful to people. Instead, we can teach ourselves by availing ourselves of the many excellent published -- often free -- resources on American racism. Many people of color have worked tirelessly to create and make available these resources. Let's show them respect, and honor their work, by studying these resources to deepen our understanding. Let's do our own work.
And, of course, please consider starting your self-education journey with Waking Up White!
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