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White Privilege - Building Dialogue

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In this third lesson in the Building Dialogue series, we look at the controversial issue of discrimination and white privilege.

Through the lesson, students find out more about white privilege by watching a short video, and they hear some people sharing their views about white privilege.
They use techniques from dialogue building to explore the person’s beliefs in a neutral way. They then find out about the beliefs of their peers by asking open questions and listening.


  • To give students strategies for engaging in dialogue around complex issues.
Time: 90 mins +
Level: B2 +

These materials have been developed to support your delivery of this lesson. You can find the links to the materials in the appropriate stages of the lesson.
About the video
The information in the video comes from an essay by Peggy McIntosh with the title 'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack'.

The video ends with a quote from the writer,

“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group”

You can find the complete essay along with suggestions about what we can do to fix white privilege here:

You could follow up the lesson by getting students to read more of the essay and the suggestions for fixing white privilege. There is also an interesting essay at the end of the document by Robert Jensen - 'The Fears of White people'.
You will get a PDF (3MB) file

Customer Reviews

Danielle Sales

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2 months ago

Wonderful material

Thank you so much for this material. I will certainly use it with my classes!

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