#MyWhitePrivilege Trends on Twitter, and Sparks Debate


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Last weekend, people took to Twitter with #MyWhitePrivelege to show the outrageous things they’ve gotten away with because of the color of their skin – and some of the stories were pretty shocking.

It all began when user @Freeyourmindkid posted this tweet:

Responses ranged from mild to truly outrageous:

But while some users took the opportunity to call out and acknowledge systemic racism, many also ridiculed the hashtag, calling white privilege a “myth.” Some even went so far as to accuse the original poster (and those responding) of “race-baiting.”

https://twitter.com/tapangrmi/status/1112055069795586054

The fact is, white privilege is all too real. And while calling it out so that others can see it and be aware of it is a good thing, one has to wonder if this type of online activism actually accomplishes anything.

https://twitter.com/DelitionHikari/status/1112095779144065025?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1112095779144065025&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.papermag.com%2Fmywhiteprivilege-twitter-trending-2633257214.html%3Frebelltitem%3D12

Do you think the hashtag misses the point? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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