Unpacking White Privilege part 2

In part two of our conversation, Peggy McIntosh talks about the five phases of understanding white privilege, and how white people can use their unearned advantage to work against the system which perpetuates it.

If you’d like to read the essays by Peggy McIntosh discussed in this show, you can write to her at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request free copies.

Unpacking White Privilege

A conversation with Peggy McIntosh, author of the groundbreaking essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”, published in 1988.  She talks about how encounters with the sexism of well-meaning men helped her see that she too had blind spots about her own racism.  She describes how humbling it was for her to grasp the concept of white privilege and how understanding it has changed her life.  You can write to her at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request free copies of her essays.

Race and Place part 2

In part two of our conversation, anthropologist and social work student Natasha Wilson talks about how, as a black woman in mostly-white schools and workplaces, she felt shunned and avoided, which made it harder to deal with other adversity in her life.  She also talks about how these experiences have inspired her research on Post-Traumatic Growth.

Race and Place

We begin a new series on racism in Maine with a conversation with Natasha Wilson, who moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers.  She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped by the different places she’s lived, and how she was unprepared for the alienation and hostility she has experienced in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa and Maine.  We also discuss the history and underpinnings of white privilege and the idea of whiteness as a social construct.

To read the article by “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” byPeggy McIntosh that is referenced in this conversation, we recommend that you email the author directly at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request a free copy.

Angst, Introversion, and Apps

We conclude our series on living with anxiety with three segments on different topics related to the subject.  First up is a conversation with philosophy professor Peter Hallward about the connection between anxiety and existentialism.  Then author and book reviewer Reeve Lindbergh discusses Susan Cain’s take on introversion in the 2013 book Quiet.  We close with a comparative review of apps for reducing anxiety by Rob McGinley Myers of the blog Anxious Machine.