Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
White privilege can be defined as an advantage given to or enjoyed by White people in the United States and elsewhere. This advantage has been viewed as a “right” that exempts those of European descent from restrictions and burdens imposed on members of groups that do not fall within the category of White. Educators and others who define White privilege and challenge its structure argue that this privilege is so pervasive and part of everyday society in the United States that those who benefit from it often fail to recognize it and may even deny its existence (e.g., “I am not racist” and “Everyone has an equal chance of being successful in our society”). This advantage of White persons over non-White persons creates disparities between Whites and non-Whites. Examples of common disparities between Whites and minorities can be found in societal institutions such as health care, education, the economy, There ...