feature: black person launches a crowd-funding campaign to acquire some white privilege! lol

July 14, 2014

A New York-based person launched a crowd-funding campaign full of humor, because they want to “acquire some white privilege”.
Yaya M. says: “Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie™, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege. From being assumed to have “cheated” my way into programs for gifted children AND college (via affirmative action), to having my natural hair viewed as unprofessional amongst professional peers, to having people make negative assumptions about my competency level, interests, and job knowledge, to being viewed as naturally dangerous or threatening, my lack of white privilege has created numerous obstacles as I’ve struggled to successfully compete in a white dominated workforce. I am hoping that, through this campaign, I will begin to make some headway towards closing the gap that white privilege has created in my life.
For those of you interested to know how I came up with a dollar amount for white privilege the answer is less complex than you might think. As someone who has historically been classified by the United States government as a Black/African American woman, I’ve been earning anywhere from 63-69% of what a white man makes for the same work since I entered the workforce in 1999. Even if I control for part-time work as a teenager and consider increases in pay as I grew older/more experienced and changed my field, that still averages out to about a $9000 deficit for each year I’ve been employed. Multiply that by 15 years of hustle and you have my total.”
The rewards you get for your donation are hilarious too! For example, the reward for a $200 contribution is called “Live Like Me”: “At this level, I will dress like a cop and harrass you on the street for what will seem like no reason. Earn some street cred amongst your friends!”
See more rewards below and click HERE if you’d like to participate in the campaign.
Hey, after all, a (white) guy recently raised over $49,000 on Kickstarter to make potato salad