Is white privilege racism?

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Today, social inequality exists all around us. Discrimination is happening every day in our society where there is diversity. The common discrimination in the United States is Racism. Since U.S. has become increasingly multiracial and multicultural, racial discrimination is an everyday thing. Many organizations banned the racism, and the laws against racism have been established and modified throughout the history. However, when it comes to discussing the racism, it is still controversial. Especially, between majority and minority, their view of deciding whether it is racism or not is very different. Whites do not realize that they have been getting unfair advantages implicitly from the society, which can be described as white privilege. From the view of non-whites, it often seems as racism to them. As the third party from another country, I also can see non-whites get less advantages comparing to the whites in the U.S. There is a need to define racism from broader perspectives. The term racism should be considered to mean the advantages that majority gets from their positions and disadvantages that people of color experience through the white privilege.
People generally know that Racism means a discrimination based on race. Oxford English Dictionary defines Racism as “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” (“Racism”) Most of the definition in dictionary do not include the power of majority to maintain their advantages through systematic discriminatory acts in the society. The power of whites has been continued and grow upon the non-whites throughout the history of U.S. "Be...

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...e different. By including white privilege in the definition of Racism, Whites will try to stop use their privilege not to be ignorant and decide to look clearly. In this way, social change in racial inequality will be improved.

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