Exploring white privilege is an enterprise few of us who identify
as white have attempted. White privilege is a foreign territory to
us, although an unpleasantly familiar territory to people of color.
At first the exploration can seem threatening, frightening and
uncomfortable because, like any exploration, it can shatter the way
we look at the world and how we understand ourselves. This book is,
in part, a personal exploration of the author's white privilege and
how he sought to transcend it. It is also a sociological analysis
of white privilege, drawing upon key social science literature. The
book is an invaluable tool for personal and group explorations of
racial privilege as well as other forms of privilege, including
gender. Exploring White Privilege offers an analysis of white
privilege as well as numerous examples of systemic white privilege
in the U.S. Amico explains the cognitive and emotive factors that
play a role in making it difficult for most white Americans to
understand, learn and accept the sociological facts about systemic
racism. While white privilege is generally understood as a system
that benefits white people, Amico investigates the psychological,
social and spiritual costs of white privilege to white people. And
with a deeper understanding of how white privilege affects us all,
questions of moral responsibility and accountability are
investigated through personal anecdotes.„ The author offers a moral
argument that is a call to action within our individual spheres of
influence. The benefits of such a commitment to action are then
explored and compared to the costs of inaction. Exploring white
privilege can lead to social change. Amico offers a variety of
tools for the reader interested in such explorations of their white
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