Privilege, Power, and Difference
Everyone seems to have loved the book. I didn't think it was that amazing. Yeah, he is a white male heterosexual who sees the inequalities around him and he raised some really good points, but I just thought that the book was extremely repetitive. If you read the first 2 chapters, you don't even have to read the rest of the book because it's the exact same ideas in more or less the exact same words. It's a nice easy read if you're interested in it, but not one I would read again. Really glad I d ...more
Most of the concepts and information are things that I have already heard about and worked with in I Am, We Are so it was not surprising--just surprising that I would f ...more
This is a good book for someone that wants to take a serious look at the role white privilege has played in the United States. The book discusses how institutionalized racism is in the United States. For many people it will be an uncomfortable read. To take a look at these issues has been an issue in its own right for many years, but if ...more
"It takes very little to make a difference. Small acts can have radical implications. As Edmund Burke said, if the main requirement for the perpetuation of evil is that good people do nothing, then the choice isn't between all or nothing, but between nothing and something."
This book was written by a white, cis, heterosexual, nondisabled man. And I'm still a little bothered that a guy who is most steeped in privilege was the one writing this book. However, I can't deny that he explains the concep ...more
The writing style is engaging & gentle - yet powerful. It was detailed in describing the impact of power & privilege in a way that I understood ...as I am not familiar with sociology studies.
It has motivated me to share with those who have a hard time seeing the lines of power & how they ...more
My mans is mad spiritual for a heterosexual, white man and I fucks with it heavy.
As someone who hasn't studied sociology, I found his descriptions of social norms helpful, simply in articulating the power that social norms have in shaping behavior better than I have ...more
Allan G. Johnson has written a very accessible introduction to the concept of privilege: the notion that certain members of society benefit from institutionalized assumptions and beliefs about what is normal. Conversely, attention is also given to various groups that are harmed by these same institutionalized assumptions. People of color, women, homosexuals, and those with disabilities are all included in his discussion; however, one group that I noticed was not addressed was the growing and inc...more
Johnson is very upfront about his position to the subject he's writing about, yet this position does rob him of some credibility which is only partially made up by his credentials. While he doesn't explicitly states it, this book is fairly obviously written for a middle class, heterosexual, white audience, one that has likely never had to think about the subject matter before. Read in this light, the book does a good ...more
"If someone confronts you with your own behavior that supports privilege, step off the path of least resistance that encourages you to defend and deny. Don't tell them they're too sensitive or need a ...more