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It is too easy for white folks to hold their own experiences and sense of race and racism in equal standing with those who live the daily experience of not being white in America. Whiteness is privilege, and part of white privilege is to think that there is no white culture or that “whiteness” cannot be defined. White privilege is defined as the unearned advantages of being white in a racially stratified society. Articles include explorations of white privilege and its implications for parents of adopted children of color.
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