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The Case of White Male Privilege and Identity (Ep45)

Empowerment Starts Here with Chris Thinnes, Peter Anderson, Dr. Paul Thomas and Justin Schleider (click here to listen).

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In this episode, four ESH returns come back to the show to talk about being white, male and privileged: Chris Thinnes from Ep03 (The Case of Allyship in Context); Peter Anderson from Ep09 (The Case of Gradelessness); Dr. Paul Thomas from Ep10 (The Case of Critical Literacy) and Justin Schleider from Ep24 (The Case of Learning and Moving).

These four individuals give us an update on what they have been up to since recording their previously published episodes and they tell us how their thoughts have (have not) changed regarding the standard life, liberty and pursuit of happiness question (Question 2).  They also talk about their recognition of power and their struggle to minimize it all while trying to use it for the good of those who have been disenfranchised.  Finally, they close out the show giving advice to other white men who are just starting the journey of recognizing their privilege.

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Key Points Discussed:

  • Calling out versus calling in (particularly relating to family members and friends)
  • The intellectual and material risks of calling out white people
  • Being harmed versus being hurt
  • The difference between rage and anger
  • Civility and respectability politics
  • Occupying space while doing justice work
  • Social justice in a sanitized environment
  • The paradox of awareness
  • The invisibility of privilege and power

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Robin Deangelo (the author of White Fragility)

Val Brown with #ClearTheAir (also the informant for The Case of Family Secrets)

Other ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned

  • Ep03- The Case of Allyship in Context
  • Ep09- The Case of Gradelessness
  • Ep10- The Case of Critical Literacy
  • Ep24- The Case of Learning and Moving
  • Ep35- The Case of Social Change from the Margins
  • Ep37- The Case of Bioethics and Race
  • Ep38- The Case of Giftedness
  • Ep44- The Case of the Awkward White Feminist

Terms and Concepts Mentioned

Race; gender; privilege; power; dog whistle


Please feel free to let me know if you catch any mistakes.  Thanks!!

The Full Link for the Episode…


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One comment on “The Case of White Male Privilege and Identity (Ep45)

  1. plthomasedd
    November 22, 2018

    Reblogged this on radical eyes for equity.

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