Skip to Main Content

Privilege and Intersectionality

Resources to learn and explore the multiple ways that privileges and oppression manifest in our various social, cultural, economic, and bodily identities and situations.

White privilege refers to the unearned advantages afforded to people who are assumed, based largely on complexion and related physical features, to be of European ancestry.

The notion of white privilege derives from Critical Race Theory (CRT), a branch of jurisprudence that argues race-based preferences and biases are embedded in established law and policy, and are not simply a function of preferential or biased interpretation and enforcement of these rules....

Smith, A., Crosthwaite, J., & Clark, C. (2014). White privilege. In S. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity and social justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.