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“How can poor white people be privileged?” How many times have you encountered that question in a discussion on white privilege? In this engaging and thought-provoking SpeakOut webinar, scholar and author Nolan Cabrera, PhD, offers a new way to address this question with the concept of “White Immunity” – the social inoculation that white people experience as a result of being white in a systemically-racist society. This framework helps work through some of the pitfalls of “privilege.”
Cabrera links the history of racial oppression and whiteness to contemporary times, including a look at the current uprisings against police killings of Black people. Based on 15 years of research for his award-winning book, White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, Cabrera explores how white immunity informs racial conflicts ranging from cultural appropriation, racism on college campuses, white men using the n-word, and the re-open “protesters.”
Ultimately, he calls for radical empathy and racial responsibility for white people that stems from their white immunity.