The Chicago Theological Seminary has a new program and coinciding video that asks viewers to wear their “White Privilege Glasses” in order to see the world through different eyes.
The video begins with a nerdy white male meeting his black friends at a coffee bar. EAG News provides a breakdown of the video:
“I don’t know, white privilege, I just don’t see it,” the white guy says.
The couple look at each other with a knowing glance.
“You know what you need,” the black man tells his friend as he slips a pair of 3D-style glasses from his front pocket.
“What are these?” whitie asks.
“White privilege glasses,” the woman explains. “It helps you see the world the way we do.”
The video cuts to the white man on the street, with a woman pushing a stroller towards him. He slips on the glasses to dramatic music and the woman immediately scowls, hides her purse, and moves away quickly. Next, he looks up to the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street, which transform to the corner Slave Owner and Slave Owner when he dons the white privilege glasses.
In a neighborhood store, the shop owner transforms – from welcoming to suspicious – when viewed through the white privilege glasses. It’s the same situation with a local policeman, who nods to his white friend but turns to attack mode with glasses on.
“Can you see White Privilege?” flashes across the video.
Just in case the answer is still a no, CTS provides one last example. The white friend, glasses on, fails to hail a taxi. He takes off the glasses and shakes his head.
“Come in for your free pair of glasses,” the video reads, providing a white privilege glasses website.
What is perhaps most unnerving is that, after the election of Barack Obama not once but twice, the nation was supposed to become colorblind. Of course the reality is anything but as under the stewardship of this president the country is more divided along race and class lines than at any other time in history save perhaps for the actual Civil Rights era.