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HAT Forum - "White Privilege - What is it?"

  • The 519, Rm 304 (Check Lobby screen to be sure) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Please read this very illustrative article by Chris Sowers:

The best way to explain white male privilege to a privileged white male.

Especially if he’s ever ridden a bike.


-What is your understanding of white privilege based on your social location and position of dominance in this culture? (See definition of Social Location below.)

-Have you experienced white privilege at work, in social settings or in your intimate relationships?

-What relationships do you have with persons who are disadvantaged by social location?

-Have you witnessed white privilege in action? What were your observations?

-Are you able to identify aspects your own white privilege based on social location (is there an awareness that it exists or you do not believe in privilege, rather all of society has equal access to all opportunities and it is a choice whether to access those opportunities or not).

Social Location is a life determining factor. Social location is the expression of a person’s existence in the social fabric. It is powerful because it places us in certain relationships to the world and the people of the world. It gives us status and blocks us from having status. In a certain sense, it creates our reality. Our social location determines our access to power, privilege, or our lack of power and privilege. For example, access to jobs and education is often determined through the categories of social location and identity. White, middle-class/wealthy, men (social locators of race, socio-economic status, gender) are given more access to college entrance and corporate executive employment than to any other persons of any other social location.  

NOTE: The HAT Forum adheres strictly to the City of Toronto Policy on Non-Discrimination (

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