Addressing racial inequities on campus

I first heard the term White privilege in 1975, when I was part of a student group at the University of Minnesota engaged in a weekend retreat sponsored by the University YMCA. One of the ‘games’ we played that weekend involved negotiating with others over chips of different colors. I ended up the winner, with more gold chips at the end than anyone else. Of course, I wasn’t surprised. I felt I was tougher than the other students, more determined to succeed, and negotiated harder. But then we debriefed the game and it turned out that three of us had been given a very different set of starting chips than anyone else. I hadn’t been a better, tougher negotiator, I just had an unequal head start.

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