ࡱ> 9;8y w#bjbj .,{{^^ .BBBB^ BjjjjjjEEEfhhhhhh$Q!zNEE4<jjX(jjffjRX۸4R0}!Z}!}!l\E>,$EEEEEE}!EEEEEEEEE^ ~: Articulated Service Learning Academic Reflection (full version of a poster excerpt) I learned that white privilege exists and it happens to me because I am considered to be a white woman. McIntosh (citation) addresses metaphorically the concept of white privilege as an invisible knapsack that contains unearned assets which provide access and special provisions for those individuals who are white. The privilege can either take active form or be embedded within social mechanisms. Most white Americans are oblivious that these special conditions exist but still benefit as a result. White privilege can be seen in such examples as, being able to live and buy a home in whatever neighborhood you want, shopping at any store and not be watched for shoplifting, seeing other members of the white race portrayed positively in the media, having greater opportunity at being employed in a position of power, and broader access to education. After witnessing personal instances of white privilege I now realize that I cannot ignore it, and something must be done. I understand now that society will continue to afford me with certain opportunity that other races do not get as easily. I understand that I can acknowledge that it is taking place, but I still feel guilty that it is happening. I really am uncomfortable knowing the fact that I am a white woman will allow me to have more access to certain agendas. I would rather have the playing field be equal for all individuals. However, upon reflecting on the material and my personal experiences, I not only want to pay attention to my occurrences of white privilege, as the author McIntosh did, but I want to use my privilege to help minority individuals promote their causes. I learned that I am granted instances of white privilege after conducting several volunteer hours at Fairview Recreational Center while participating in the Kids Kitchen meal services. On my first day working at the center and the kitchen facility everyone greeted me and knew only the information I told them. Soon, after I arrived and learned the procedures of the kitchen I noticed the organizations facilitators had left me unsupervised and alone in the kitchen. I felt this was a bit presumptuous considering they had only just met me and what if I wanted to steal food or leave the stove unattended? I could only attribute this level of trust to the fact that I was a white female. Another instance of special treatment based on the fact that I was white was when the management of the recreational facilities gave me access to their office and storage rooms. I just walked up to a man in the hallway and asked to use the vacuum cleaner. He smiled pointed to the office and said go right in. I was permitted access to the keys and documents of the facility and they had no idea if the vacuum was my full intentions. On a separate occasion an African American gentleman was reading permit guidelines out loud to another gentleman. As soon as he finished reading it, I was asked to reread the same permit and give my opinion on the paperwork. I have never had experience with food licensing and the permits but I was still asked to verify the authenticity and explain the form. I felt that this was an example of presumed knowledge and expertise because I was white college student. This realization of white privilege matters because it helps me to be aware of the lenses society uses to view me and other individuals. It is important because I must understand how this can benefit me but subjugate others. In order to be an ethical education professional I must be unbiased and advocate for other individuals needs. It is also good to know that I can use this white access to promote change and reform with greater provisions. Acknowledgment that the bias and societal privilege is taking place is one step closer to aiding others in seeing the unspoken racial inequalities and inspiring change. I will remain an advocate for all people but understand that because of my skin color I can provide access for other individuals who may never get afforded the opportunity. My goals are to continue to be sensitive and aware of the instances in my life where the color of my skin gives me special opportunities and or provides better access. I will try to promote all ethical and racial reform that will benefit my students and their families. I will use my opportunities to provide assistance and reform for education that will benefit all children not just white upper class students. The challenge with becoming aware of all the instances where I am given white privileges is that some are so engrained within the fabric of our society and changing those preconceived notions will be difficult. Another issue will be that not all people are going to admit or see the examples of where the white race is afforded or granted special circumstances. I do not know if I can make the change because it will mean the fabric of our society will have to change. What I can accomplish is taking ownership of my life and what I permit to take place and what I challenge. I hope to ultimately fight and advocate for the rights of underprivileged families and children because they do not have the means to do so for themselves in all situations. I would also like to believe that my passion, drive, and ability to articulate my needs are not all based on the fact that I have white skin. When you describe your activities, you see yourself as a white-something, woman, college student; its not just race though race is part of it. A little different from McIntosh, but probably more accurate. The other factor that comes to mind as you write about the access you got at KK is your status as a volunteer. Esp. if theyve had positive experiences with volunteers in general, they may be willing to trust volunteers more than the kids (clients). As you finish your hours, it may be interesting to notice whether volunteers of other racial/ethnic groups are given similar access. A I guess the Matrix of Domaintion has really taken hold for you ( because you frame this as a function of being a white woman but arguably being a woman reduces your access to some opportunities. So not only white, but with a certain amount of formal education. This is important: changing the structure of things may beyond the reach of an individual, but individuals with more power and access can amplify the voices of those with less though there is always the danger of taking on too much and speaking FOR others. Sort of using your knapsack as a lever to pry the door of opportunity open a bit wider for everybody. Admitting this is threatening If I didnt EARN my privilege, then maybe it should be taken away. And I dont want to lose it. Definitely. Skin color (and class, gender, etc.) may afford additional opportunity, but the person still has to take advantage of that opportunity, and there is individual ability and drive wrapped up in whether s/he does and how it turns out. %01Se{  # 2 C I ? 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