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The depth, impact, and experience of “racism” in our personal lives is a story that we do not often tell. These are predominantly private matters, only occasionally shared and with only certain people in our lives. Unfortunately, many people in our world are unaware of its full existence and do not know the truth about the experiences of racism in our daily lives. Without knowledge of these truths, society, including university leadership, cannot make adequate advancements to address these demoralizing experiences of people of color. In this anthology, writings on this subject will bring clarity, truth, and definition to the racism in the life of seven students.


In an effort to significantly elevate awareness and a depth of understanding about the world and uniqueness of Black life in America, telling one’s personal story about what it is like being Black in America will contribute to greater enlightenment and awareness by others. Perhaps, analogues on the experience of Black life may lead to further dialogue and more meaningful long term institutional changes. Our Black experiences are deeply rooted, sometimes complex to describe, individualized, and threaded in the many fabrics of our physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and historical existence. What is it like be a Black person, your uniqueness, ‘walking in your shoes’, in your skin, and in your mind? These thirteen writings entail deep contemplation and personal introspective examinations necessary to describe what one’s world and life is like as a Black woman or man.


According to the Aspen Institute, White privilege, or “historically accumulated white privilege,” refers to whites’ historical and contemporary advantages in access to quality education, decent jobs, livable wages, homeownership, retirement benefits, wealth and so on. White privilege is an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in every day, but about which I was meant to remain oblivious.” (Source: Peggy Macintosh, “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” excerpted from Working Paper #189 White Privilege and Male Privilege a Personal Account of Coming to See, Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College Center for the Study of Women, 1989). This set of anthologies consists of eleven writings that inspect the existence of white and Black privilege in the student writers’ lives and reveal their perspectives and struggles upon this construct.

Edited By

Project Director, Maurice R. Cooley, V.P., Dean, Intercultural and Student Affairs & Founding Director, Society of Black Scholars

Publication Date



Marshall University


Huntington, West Virginia


racism, social justice, black experience, white privilege


African American Studies | American Literature | Arts and Humanities | Education | English Language and Literature | Higher Education | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


This publication contains thirty-one Society writings on these three topics and incorporates technologically oriented dramatic performances of select writings to fill the reader’s souls and expand one’s enlightment, which is necessary for change.

Funded by Jeannine Y. Francis Charitable Foundation Trust and Marshall University

Anthology on Racism, the Black Experience, and Privilege