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White Privilege 101

art munin - fish illustration.jpgOn Sept. 28 in the Student Center Theatre, Art Munin used historical examples during his University Hour presentation to illustrate the reality of "white privilege" in the United States.  Citing unfair treaties signed by Native Americans and Mexican Americans in the 1800s, as well as the continued economic, social and political disenfranchisement of African Americans to this day, Munin concluded "...a system of white privilege that has developed over centuries is perpetrated today and accepted as the natural order of things.  Those in power still have privilege."

Munin used an illustration of three fish to further make his point. The small fish, who has nothing, says "There is no justice in the world"; the middle fish concedes "there is some justice in the world"; and the big fish, which eats both the middle-sized fish and the small fish, says, "The world is just."

Munin told the students "though we have our first African American president, the success of one man does not undo century-old racism. We do not live in a post-racial society. Society has been tricked into believing racism is gone. Overt racism has become covert racism.  Justice just doesn't happen; you have to make it happen."

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