Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stephen Colbert Does White Privilege

I don't know who to applaud, Stephen Colbert himself or one (or more) of his writers. But someone over there really understand white privilege in a deep way. And even better, that person or persons also knows how to offer up a scathing commentary about it within the satire Stephen Colbert does best.

Two particularly insightful clips from Stephen's "The Word" segment are really useful. Their penetrating and hilarious treatment of relatively recent events prompted me to build a workshop around them for some high school students last year. I've only presented this workshop once. But, it was fun, and I thought perhaps someone out there might want to make use of the resources I developed.

You can download the workshop description, agenda, and handouts on the Witnessing Whiteness book web page: The files are all on the "Xtras" page.

As a preview though, here are links to the two clips I used as a base for the workshop.

Have fun!

The Word: Neutral Man’s Burden ---- episode #05095

Episode: #05095

Sonia Sotomayor's personal background should be neutralized the way Band-Aids were when they reached out to minorities. (05:16)

The Word: The Great White Wail --- episode #06153
The Pigford claims prove that there's money in being a victim, and when something is valuable, white men get to take it. (04:57)


  1. Dear Shelly,
    Hello, there, Shelly! I am so, so very glad you are back! I have missed you and your superb anti-racist white advocacy and your being a great ally, and your very progressive and effective writing!!!!! I am so blessed as the 50-year-old black/African-American woman and lesbian who I am with you and our other great anti-racist white people who are doing a splendid job working through white privilege and learning more about white identity vis-a-vis ending racist inequities, racism, oppression, discrimination, and prejudice! Shelly, you and the others do such spectacular work, I am greatly appreciative so, so much!
    I am rejoicing with my interracial relationship and friendships with my very numerous white women sisterfriends who are very loving and kind, and who help me to heal as a person who has experienced racism, oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and racist inequities. We very often have open and loving conversations in which we actively work together to heal ourselves, and to learn from one another! My dearest and darling white women surely help me a whole lot, I am so, so very blessed to have them in my life!
    Shelly, you are doing so, so excellent, and AwareLA as well!!!!! Thank-you so, so much, and so, so kindly,and so, so dearly! Blessings to you very often and for always, Shelly!
    Sincerely always,
    Sherry Gordon

  2. I am so excited to have stumbled across this,
    LOVE IT and will be using it in my foundations class.