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Project Implicit is a nonprofit collaborative research project of universities around the world that seeks to study "implicit social cognition -- thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control." Take one of their tests to better understand your own implicit biases.
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" first appeared in Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989, pp. 10-12, a publication of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, PA. Here on the National SEED Project's website it also includes "Some Notes for Facilitators."
What is intersectionality?
In a February 2020 interview for Time magazine, lawyer and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality, explains what it does -- and doesn't -- mean:
"These days, I start with what it’s not, because there has been distortion. It’s not identity politics on steroids. It is not a mechanism to turn white men into the new pariahs. It’s basically a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other. We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts."
For a deeper dive, watch Crenshaw's TED talk.
What's all this about white supremacy?
White supremacy has been described narrowly as an extremist view of the superiority of the white race and more broadly as the system of policies, laws, and social and economic structures informed by that belief throughout history. For a thoughtful look at how to make sense of the term, read the brief essay "The Language of White Supremacy" by Vann R. Newkirk II, an editor at The Atlantic. In the video above, Layla Saad explains how she came to write her book, Me and White Supremacy, which helps people identify the ways they consciously and unconsciously uphold white privilege.