Privilege and Social Justice

Undergirding the work we do with Branch Out is a commitment to working for social justice (it’s right there in our vision statement!) and taking steps in our lives and through our alternative breaks to be allies in a society set up to privilege some and oppress others.  Take a look at these resources to understand more about what privilege is, how it plays out in various spheres (including race, sex, ability status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation) and what you can do about it.

Race and White Privilege

“Race: The Power of an Illusion,” pbs.org, California Newsreel, 2003

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh, 1988, excerpted from “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies,” nymbp.org

What Can We Do – Allan Johnson

Toward a New Vision – Race Class, and Gender – Patricia Hill Collins

13 Resources for Teaching about White Privilege, from humaneconnection.blogspot.com

The Myth of Catching-Up Development, Maria Mies

Smells Like Racism – Rita Chaudhry Sethi

Defining Racism – Beverly Daniel Tatum

Understanding Oppression

Five Faces of Oppression – Iris Young, a way of understanding oppression as a structural concept and how it affects various social groups

Film and Privilege

A blog post by Eric Hartman of Building a Better World includes excellent suggestions for films that address issues of power, privilege as well as those that specifically involve privilege and international service.

The Complexities of International Service

Voluntourism – We Have to Stop Making this About Your Niece, Huff Post, 7-16-12

Slumdog Tourism – NY Times 8-9-10

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful – Kent Annan

Before you pay to volunteer abroad – Guardian 11-10

International Volunteer Service_ Good Intentions Are Not Enough – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The White Savior Industrial Complex – International – The Atlantic

Strategies to Mitigate the Negative impacts of international service-learning on host communities

To Hell with Good Intentions – abridged

Ethical Dilemma – Giving More than We Thought We Gave

Voluntourism – We Have to Stop Making this About Your Niece, Huff Post, 7-16-12

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