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RPA Anti-Racism Project

The Anti-Racism Project represents an ongoing effort of the Radical Philosophy Association to provide resources for work around issues of race and racism.


Kathryn Russell
SUNY - College at Cortland
Social Philosophy Program
Department of Philosophy



The Anti-racism project takes an explicit stand against racism and white supremacy in all its forms. We advocate that teachers not only be non-discriminatory and inclusive, but also proactive. Such a stance requires solidarity and sharing resources.

If you have material to contribute to this page please email it to Kathryn Russell.


What is White privilege? white privilege (hwait 'privilidz), social relation, [ad. L. privilegi-um a bill or law in favor of or against an individual.]

1. a. A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by the class of white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.

b. In extended sense: A special advantage or benefit of white persons; with ideological reference to divine dispensations, natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, social relations, etc.

2. A privileged position; the possession of an advantage white persons enjoy over non-whites and white individuals enjoy over non-white individuals.
3. a. The special right or immunity attaching to white persons as a social relation; prerogative.
b. display of white privilege, a social expression of a white person or persons demanding to be treated as a member or members of the socially privileged class.
4. a. v. trans. To invest white persons with a privilege or privileges; to grant to white persons a particular right or immunity; to benefit or favor specially white persons; to invest white persons with special honorable distinctions.
b. refl. To avail oneself of a privilege owing to one as a white person.
5. To authorize, license of white person or persons what is otherwise (for non-white person or persons) forbidden or wrong; to justify, excuse.

6. To give to white persons special freedom or immunity from some liability or burden to which non-white persons are subject; to exempt.

From For more - reading resources, news and analysis - visit The Monkey Fist Collective

Links to scholarly and activist sites. Brief descriptions are for the most part quotes from the original Internet pages.

The graphic at the top of the page is from the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.

Created by Kathryn Russell
SUNY Cortland - Philosophy

Last modified 9-24-03

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