In my book, Inheriting the Trade, I quote from an article Peggy McIntosh wrote in 1988: “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” It’s a terrific article.
Now a film student at NYU named Aislinn Dewey has created a two-and-a-half minute animated film based on some of Peggy’s examples of white privilege. It’s really good.
The video has passed the first hurdle at WGBH in a Black History Month contest. Its next test is basically a popularity contest among viewers who are invited to comment on it. The winning selection may appear on WGBH TV or on their website. It is also designed for the small screen — youtube, ipod, and other mobile devices.
You can view Aislinn’s video and make a comment, thus helping her in the contest and increase the chances that this piece gets widely distributed.