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date: 19 January 2020

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The term “white privilege” attempts to make visible de facto systems of white advantage. Problems with the concept exist, however, affecting its ability to adequately capture contemporary forms of racial injustice. Examining the advantages and disadvantages of the concept of white privilege involves comparing it to alternatives such as (global) white supremacy and (human/black) rights discourse. These comparisons suggest that the concept of white privilege should be modified to white class privilege and that, to be maximally effective, racial justice movements need the concept of white class privilege in addition to that of human rights and white supremacy.

Keywords: white supremacy, human rights, white class privilege, de facto racial injustice, racial justice movements

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