Developing an Awareness of White Privilege


  • Diane S. Schmitz SeattleUniversity


Understanding what it means to be white requires a reshaping of one's worldview; a willingness to challenge oneself and others to disrupt the status quo of a privilege that oppresses. The journey to an awareness of white privilege is messy, imperfect, disconcerting, and lifelong. The awareness cannot stand alone: it must lead to action. It involves speaking out to break the silences that perpetuate racism and listening to painful stories of people from communities of color without offering up "perfectly logical explanations" to dismiss their experiences. The voices of the marginalized and oppressed call us forth to create racial Justice.


How to Cite

Schmitz, D. S. (2014). Developing an Awareness of White Privilege. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 16(1), 15–20. Retrieved from



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