Opinion | Tonya Russell: Prince Harry admits his unconscious bias. Can others now acknowledge their privilege, too? - NBCNewsTHINK
Harry says that his wife, Meghan, helped him see the problem but that he now needs to take responsibility for his own education. It's a burden too often placed on people of color.
Karwai Tang / WireImage fileOct. 30, 2020, 8:30 AM UTCByTonya Russell, culture and wellness writerPrince Harry is certainly embracing his black sheep-ness. He's been challenging family tradition, conservatism and, now, privilege since his marriage to the American former actress Meghan Markle. In a recent discussion with
Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson, Harry opened upabout his ignorance and the high-society upbringing that shielded him from the realities of unconscious bias — beliefs and stereotypes that we aren't aware we carry.People of color are tired of teaching others how to treat us and about our experiences, and the emotional labor for us is more challenging than is tackling one’s own privilege.
"Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having had the upbringing and the education that I have, I had no idea what it was,"Harry said."I had no idea it existed, and then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes."
He added that for someone in a position of power, it's"dangerous" when you're not aware of your own bias, and that it's incumbent to change as soon as you're aware of it."Once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse."
Harry is literally a prince, and his admirable admission points to how privilege can shelter you from the struggles of others — often caused by people who look like you — and will hopefully lead more people to examine and acknowledge their underlying prejudices. But his statements are also an important example of a white person's talking about his own responsibility for education, a burden that is too frequently borne by nonwhite people, compounding the difficulties unconscious bias creates for us.Read more: NBC News »
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InvictusbyPepp THINK Prince Harry in a “déjà vu “ will have the tragic path of Edward VIII! THINK THINK Is 'white privilege' afforded to a group of people due by the general consensus of a long-standing stereotype of various qualities/factors? Is asian privilege afforded in Academic Circles? So, then is the term 'privilege' merely a term to explain away a positive stereotype?
THINK Ok 'Tonya' THINK Maybe if I was a prince . I'm just another white guy making below the median average who supposedly is priveliged. Wanna come over and split these pork n beans tonight with me I admit it reeks of white privilege so that's why I'm offering to share . You may have the bacon chunk THINK You mean us lowly peasants who work every day and barely survive above the poverty line who have absolutely nothing in common with a goddamnned prince? We’re to admit privilege and bias? Because white skin colour? The fk is this shit?
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