A person is asking me "what is the solution to white privilege?" and I have no idea what to say to him. Could you help me respond? While I think that privilege is an issue, asking for a solution to it makes it seem like one day we could eradicate it completely.
Well, that’s a very difficult answer because white privilege is so ingrained throughout society, at least in America. But…
Eradicating white privilege starts with white people. In general, People of Color are already aware of white privilege and we write up all kinds of articles and posts that try to explain and combat it (and have been for decades). However, the constant denial by white people makes white privilege difficult to address. White voices are the majority and have more power than voices of color so when People of Color address white privilege (or any kind of issue), we are seen as whiners and “SJWs” to white people.
This doesn’t mean that People of Color can’t change anything because we surely can but the difference in power means that white people also have to accept white privilege and address it themselves. And even when People of Color do change things, it still benefits white people because they have the most power and are still in control of most, if not all institutions. All white people have to do is pretend like they care about societal issues and make up a few pro-inclusive policies and bam, they reap all the benefits that weren’t even made for them.
TL;DR: White people have to deconstruct themselves all throughout society in every institution possible. White people’s existence should be to both de-power themselves and empower People of Color just as our existence has been to de-power ourselves and empower white people for centuries. This doesn’t mean white people will become slaves, face genocides, get bombed, or anything like that. It just means that People of Color, NOT white people, should have the power to rebuild or expand a society to fit everyone.
Angry Asian Guy