Kimberly Vrudny welcomes attendees to the third session of “Becoming Human.”
Video: Mass Incarceration
Dr. Amy Levad, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the University of St. Thomas, describes the dozens of incremental steps that took us from the “war on drugs” to a crisis of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects people of color in the United States.
“White Privilege” is a term that is difficult for some white folks to hear. In order to help situate where it came from and what was intended by it when it was initially coined, please read this short article by Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Then take this quiz on buzzfeed, “How Privileged Are You?” For a bonus activity, go on this social privilege Scavenger Hunt.
After taking the quiz on Buzzfeed, record your reactions. Are you surprised by the results? If you found you are more privileged than you realized, how will this affect how you navigate the world from here? Do your degrees of relative disadvantage help you to empathize with those who experience oppression, and do your degrees of advantage help to identify where work for greater equity is needed?