"Usually the language needed for this comes from the people working to solve the problem, especially people most damaged by it. Words like privilege, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, dominance, subordination, oppression, and patriarchy are part of their everyday vocabulary" (Johnson 11).
My (white) teacher brings awareness to these issues by using "the words". She recognizes that most of her students do not get the same kind of privileges because they are not white. Some of her lessons also remind me of Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege". She understands that by talking about it, her students may change how African-American and Hispanic people are judged by our society.
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