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Many are silent when the subject of privilege is brought up, but ULM professor Leslie Pace spoke on the topic at the Pink Bag Series in Sandel Hall.

The lecture was hosted by the ULM Femhawks.

Pace spoke on two types of privileges. The first was white privilege.

In her presentation, Pace discuss how in the U.S., people who have lighter skin often times get treated better than people with darker skin, especially during the era of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.

Pace also explained Jane Elliot’s “Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Experiment.”

Elliot told her third grade students that students with blue eyes were more special than brown eyed children, giving the blue eyed children more recess time and other privileges.

Within hours, the blue-eyed children thought they were more special, while the brown eyed children felt helpless and unimportant.

“It was crazy to do this to children, but at the same time for us college students, you really can see what praising one kind of person and putting down another can do to people,” Jacob Tyson, a senior communication major said.

Dr. Pace shifted the conversation to Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s term “white fragility” – a state in which a minimal amount of racial stress can trigger defensive emotions or moves.

The discussion expanded into a conversation about privilege in general.

“Privilege emerges from various places,” Pace said. “It emerges from formal education, physical and mental abilities and being in a dominant religion…”

Dr. Pace asked the audience to take a blank piece of paper out and draw a horizontal line through the middle of it. Every audience member started on the same playing field, on that horizontal line.

She then asked questions, such as “Did you grow up in a house with 50 or more books,” “Have you ever been made fun of because of race, gender or sexual orientation,” and “Do your parents own their own house?”

Depending on a person’s response they moved below or above the line. The exercise put things into perspective for senior public relations major Gregory Baccarini.

“Looking over at other students’ forms I saw the difference in how people grew up,” Gregory said. “Some people were way above the line and others way below.”

Dr. Pace ended with some ways of how we all can build a more just world, suggesting we learn communication strategies, acknowledge the biases and prejudices we have and stand up for those who have less.

The second lecture on privilege is March 8 at 11am in Sandel Hall.

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  1. Avery Jarhman on March 13th, 2017 1:58 am

    I am confused. Perhaps someone can help?

    When some Americans wish to share knowledge helping to educate others about the injustice and harms caused by Racism – an ignorant, unjust human oppression responsible for negatively impacting the lives of countless peaceful Americans – they refer to educator Ms. Jane Elliot.

    Jane Elliot is a highly educated, free thinking, responsible, caring American woman who during her lifetime, in all probability, never fell asleep experiencing or dealing with FEAR, stress and concerns for her family and friend’s safety while counting nearby of distant gunshots echoing through her residential neighborhood. #JamylaBolden #LaylahPetersen #JaQuailMansaw #BillThao

    YET, when the late popular American urban story-TRUTH-teller Tupac Shakur LOUDLY and passionately speaks about growing up regularly experiencing and witnessing unjust human oppression he believes is responsible for harming the Quality of Life for significant numbers of American newborns, infants, toddlers, children and teens, who through no fault of their own are impeded from experiencing a SAFE, fairly or wonderfully happy American kid childhood all Americans have a right and absolute human need to enjoy…

    …NOT ONE responsible, caring American points to Tupac as an educator intelligently sharing facts, knowledge and his personal experiences in regularly dealing with America’s National HEALTH CRISIS, aka America’s Culture of African American Child Abuse, Emotional Neglect and Maltreatment that evolved from America’s long-standing, multi-generational, ignorant Culture of Racism!

    How many of my American neighbors are familiar with the late popular American urban story-truth-teller Tupac Shakur’s (often misinterpreted) #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E Child Abuse, Emotional Neglect, Abandonment and Maltreatment *AWARENESS* concept:

    “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fvvks Everyone” ~Tupac Shakur

    “We need more people who care; you know what I’m saying? We need more women, mothers, fathers, we need more of that…” ~Tupac Shakur

    Why is Jane Elliot praised and lauded for intelligently addressing an important, though ‘fading’ health and social issue that for multiple generations negatively impacted the lives of countless peaceful Americans?

    Yet, for some reason popular urban story-TRUTH-teller Tupac is largely ignored when LOUDLY, as well as creatively addressing societal HEALTH and social issues negatively impacting the Quality of Life for COUNTLESS Americans born during and after America’s post civil-rights era. The same period of American history when Tupac was born with a clean, un-corrupted human hard drive mounted above his shoulders…before he matured into an admitted emotionally ill, as well as suicidal thinking teen and adult.

    Unfortunately, before he discovered how to properly promote his #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E Child Abuse *AWARENESS* concept, Tupac was brutally murdered by other emotionally or mentally ill victims of America’s Culture of African American Child Abuse, Neglect and Emotional Maltreatment.

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    Tagged: #ChildhoodTrauma, #ChildAbuse, #Poverty, #ChildMaltreatment, #ChildhoodDepression, #TeenDepression, #TeenViolence, #GangViolence, #GunViolence, #CommunityViolence, #CommunityFear, #PTSD, #TeacherEducatorFrustration, #PoliceAnxiety, #CognitiveDissonance, #MentalHealth, #MentalIllness, #DemeaningGovernmentHandouts, #MaternalResponsibility, #FatherlessAmericanChildren, #Obama, #Trump, #AmericanSociety, #A_F_R_E_C_A_N,

    “America’s Firm Resolve to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect”

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