Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

On Sunday, November 15th, the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination, the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, together, will present the film, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.”

Following the screening, Rev. Wendy von Courter, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, in Marblehead, and a national leader in the UU racial justice movement, and Nikki Moore, a member of the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, will facilitate a conversation on themes from the film.

The event is open to the public, free of charge, and will begin at 2:00 p.m., at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA 01945

“Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” was produced by World Trust, an organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of diversity and inclusion. It includes personal stories revealing what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame, into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice.

The 50-minute film features leading activists for racial justice, including American anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise and Peggy V. McIntosh, Associate Director at Wellesley Centers for Women. McIntosh gained notoriety for her work on white privilege, “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

“It’s so important we continue to show this film,” says Rev. von Courter. “Some are turned off by the word ‘privilege,’ believing themselves to have led anything but privileged lives. But what this film does is help us see how entire systems privilege people who are white. It isn’t about blame or shame or whether we as individuals believe we are not racist or are ‘colorblind.’ It’s truly about understanding how the black experience in our country, our schools, our stores and our lives is very different solely based on the color of their skin. I encourage everyone to attend and learn more.”