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How to really understand white privilege

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Let’s look inside that meme about a classroom, scraps of paper, a trash bin, and white privilege.
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It was a “simple, powerful exercise about privilege.” On Nov. 21, Buzzfeed’s Nathan Pyle posted a lesson he recalled from high school, taught using a ream of paper and a trash bin. It instantly went viral, with over 4.1 million views.

We’re not trying to be Thanksgiving grinches, but given recent events, the lesson struck us as a little too simple. Here’s our real-world take on Pyle’s post and the concept of privilege, which turns out to not be so simple after all.

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