#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.”

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.

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

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