TEDxEMU – Justin Ford – Pedagogy of Privilege

Published on Apr 11, 2012

This talk will introduce the “Multi-Dimension” model of privilege, which is a holistic, comprehensive approach to teaching the concept of privilege. Additionally, exercises and suggestions will be offered to practitioners around effective application and pedagogy of the Multi-Dimension model; ultimately helping to create greater awareness and understand of privilege as students, practitioners, and community members.

Justin W.S. Ford is currently a second year masters student in the Educational Leadership program, and the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center at EMU. He earned his B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in 2010 with a specialization in interpersonal and intimate communication. Justin has enjoyed nearly two years at EMU serving as a graduate assistant in both the Women’s Resource Center and the LGBT Resource center, and as a graduate instructor for UNIV courses. He is primarily interested in leadership development, student development, and success factors for underrepresented student populations

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Ask the White Guy: Is the Oxford Dictionary Definition of Racism Too White for You?

The two most contentious issues on this website are the definition of racism and the concept of white privilege. The concept that racism is power based—and flows from power to lack of power—is hard to grasp for majority people (defined in this country as white, male, heterosexual, Christian and with no disabilities). I can understand the frustration: Racism is hard to grasp. But white privilege is almost impossible for a majority person to truly understand. The comment below is on a column I wrote years ago. (Note: The person commenting used a lower case b for Black; we use an upper case B.)

By your definition, black people (for example) cannot be racist to a white person.


Um, black people cannot subscribe to “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races”?


Is that what you’re saying? Or is the Oxford definition of racism too “white” for you?   ….. read more ……….