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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2008

This piece explores the invisible system of racism and white privilege which exists in the United States. I am very inspired by the writings of Peggy McIntosh, writer of "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" in which the author identifies ways in which she is privileged as a white person. It opened my eyes to the small ways in which I benefit from a system of advantage simply by the color of my skin. I believe that bringing this issue to the public in a form in which the people of privilege can become aware of these subtleties, it may create a dialog and even a behavioral change among its viewers. It will act to reveal the institutional benefits that people of the white race are given in a means to create an elevated consciousness.

Using animation in an engaging and less-heavy handed way, I aim to slowly open up this issue to the viewers. I think that the simplicity of form and words this medium provides allows the viewer to reflect on the content. As well, the format is small, youtube, ipod and mobile size so it can easily be spread and shared among viewers. In the event that someone receives it while actually outside in an environment, whether it is racially diverse or not, they may look around there surroundings and think differently about their role in this invisible system of privilege and disadvantage.

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