He didn’t get invited to the parties that I did. He didn’t get to learn golf with a friend— the sport of successful business people in the 90’s. As a result he wasn’t subsequently invited to play at the Club where lots of connections were made. He didn’t have access to wealthy relatives’ money to close gaps in educational expenses like I did. He didn’t cruise through apartment applications in a variety of cities like I did. When he put on a suit, he wasn’t perceived as a successful businessman — he was just dressed up.
The Invisible Privilege
Todd Hannula 🤓
20522

If only all white people (men especially) could just read and accept this paragraph we would make so much progress. It’s not about outright bigotry. It’s about the subtle ways in which whiteness (and maleness and straightness, etc.) gets you ahead. Numerous articles have made it clear that how successful you are is directly tied to who you know. I’ve been fortunate to be in Atlanta where a black woman can make some meaningful connections in the city, but am still painfully aware of how many opportunities I will never get access to because old white men who run the state legislature and are leaders in the private sector won’t invite me to their events, or to even have a conversation without pre-judging and shutting me out.

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