On white, male, middle class, able-bodied, heterosexual privilege

I follow blogger and diversity consultant Joe Gerstandt on twitter and on his blog. It’s one of the blogs that I try to read every post from, because they’re that good, that insightful.

Recently, he took his readers on a walk through his own path of recognizing his white privilege, and where it’s led him. It’s insightful, honest and important, I think, for people like me (see blog title above) to read, ponder, and actively live.

I’m not sure if I’m there yet. I do know that I’ve been unpacking my invisible knapsack of white privilege (PDF) for my adult life.  There is a specific journey that has led me here. I’m lucky to have been on it and to have been influenced, mentored, nurtured, and taught by brilliant and patient people. It’s a journey that has no end, has new learning and self discovery each and every day. In many ways, it’s why I do the work I do in the sectors I’ve worked in.

But, it doesn’t always feel enough, and I don’t know that I’m as self reflective as I could be. I’m also not sure that I’m as active as I might be, in terms of not just “sitting on the sidelines with good intentions”, as Joe explores in one of his posts.

It’s good to be asking myself this stuff, I think. It’s great and (I think) courageous for Joe to be so honest about his past missteps and mistakes. There’s much there to learn from.

And, he’s also proposed models, methods and approaches to help us think through our own privilege. These are self-reflective posts, but also active and engaging, challenging and thought-provoking.

Here’s his series, in order of his first post to his most recent (the last in the series, according to Joe). I recommend reading each one.

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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