Dr. Anth Talks YouTube Channel

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Between March 2, 2021 and April 19, 2021, I published 15 short videos on my Dr. Anth Talks Channel. Each week, 2 short videos are published on topics related to being human in a complex world.

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White Privilege: What It Is and How to Incorporate the Topic into your Class Sessions

My article on White Privilege: What It Is and How to Incorporate the Topic into your Class Sessions was published by NISOD, an organization of community and technical colleges, on June 4, 2020.

I did a Webinar on White Privilege for NISOD on January 31, 2020.

Please contact me to arrange for a seminar or workshop on White Privilege for your organization and to receive a PDF of my article on White Privilege which includes links for further information and cases.


White Privilege: What Is It? Do You Have It?

White Privilege is a concept that causes angst and dissension.  However, it is actually simple and straightforward.  Let’s take the second question first: Do You Have It?  Yes. If you are white or perceived by others to be white, you have it.  So, What Is It?

Simply stated, White Privilege is the ability to live your life doing your ordinary, daily activities without having to worry that you might become a target.  If this is still unclear, here are several examples.

White Privilege is deciding to go shopping at an upscale department store and not being worried that you will be trailed by a security guard or intimidated into leaving because you don’t look like “our type of customer.”  Read about two such incidents that happened at Barney’s in New York City where the customers were not white.

White Privilege is being in a car accident, knocking on the door of a nearby house to request help, and not fearing that you will be shot through the door instead.  The white homeowner who shot and killed a black woman asking for help was later convicted of murder, but that was no consolation to the woman.

White Privilege is being a boy playing in a park with a toy gun and not having to worry that a police officer will drive up and kill you.  White Privilege is also being able to kill that child and not having to go to trial and be convicted of murder.  Instead, the officer was fired.  Later, he was hired by another police department in Ohio, but quit when there was a public outcry. 

White Privilege is being taken seriously as a medical professional during a medical emergency on a plane, even when you offer no proof, simply because you are a white male when the first physician to offer help is ignored because she is black.

Once that physician’s story received publicity, it was quickly shown that ignoring non-white, non-male physicians is not a rare event.

White Privilege is eating lunch with your girlfriends in the school cafeteria and laughing uproariously without having to worry that you and your friends will be dragged off to the office and strip-searched for drugs. Why else would you be laughing if you weren’t high?  The school denies ‘strip-searching’ although they do agree that the girls had to remove at least some of their clothes and that they were given a medical exam.  Governor Cuomo is investigating.  As someone who has an uproarious laugh, I am disturbed to think that laughing could be considered a sign of drug use.

White Privilege is being a man who loves cars, owns a really nice one, and never worries about being randomly pulled over by police officers who think a man like him could not/should not own a car like that.  Highly-educated, professional black men always have that concern in the back of their minds when they are driving.

Driving while black can be dangerous.

White Privilege is entering your home and never having to think that someone might call the police on you to accuse you of breaking and entering.  Even when a non-white person proves to the police that they are in their own home, they still risk being arrested.

White Privilege is a type of Power, even for those white individuals who think they are powerless.  White Privilege allows those perceived as white to shop, play, laugh, work, ask for help, drive a nice car, and feel safe in their home without worry or fear that they will be targeted, arrested, or even killed for being the ‘wrong type of person.’

Since White Privilege is Power, those with this Power need to use it to aid those who do not have it.  When you see someone being targeted simply because that person is not white, intervene. Use your Power to make your community a more welcoming place.



Central American Refugee Crisis

The current US administration is deliberately conflating Central American refugees fleeing terror with economic immigrants.  AG Sessions has even decided that gang violence and domestic abuse do not equate to terror in order to justify sending refugees back to the countries from which they’ve fled.

Terror in Central America

The actions of the administration finally hit the consciousness of Americans and the World when we became aware of the policy to take children from their parents, sending them hundreds of miles away, making contact difficult, if not impossible.  The backlash forced a backtrack on that policy, but it now appears that the children are being used as bargaining chips and hostages.  If the parents want to be re-united with their children, they must give up their legitimate claims to asylum and be sent back to the terror from which they fled.

To learn more about the conditions in Central America that are creating refugees and the stories of several refugees, check out this website on the Central American Refugee Crisis.


Anthropology Careers

My state legislature, along with those of some other states, continues to cut funding to higher education.  Anthropology is one of the subject areas that is on the bubble.

My institution requested that I create, for a campus careers day, a presentation on careers that require Anthropology.  The video shown below provides a sampling of those careers.

However, Anthropology is for more than just a career.  Anthropology courses provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to live in a globalized, inter-connected world no matter what their career goals may be.

50 Years of Loving

For Black History Month this year, I put together a dramatic reading about the case of Loving vs. Virginia which caused the Supreme Court to overturn the remaining anti-miscegenation laws in the United States on June 12, 1967.  These laws prevented marriage across the color line.  Three of the students at Maple Woods Community College read the roles of Richard and Mildred Loving and of the Narrator.   The dramatic reading was presented to the campus on February 14, 2018.



Refugee Crises

As an Anthropologist, I try to create activities and projects for students in my college classes that encourage them to learn more about themselves and others.  Last semester, I decided to take that a step further by having the students do a Capstone Project that would also serve the community.

On the first day of class, the students are randomly assorted into groups.  The name of each group is that of one of the world’s remaining foraging populations.  Their first activity is to learn about the group and share that information with their fellow group members.  They will sit with their group members throughout the semester and do activities with their group.

The Capstone Project is the final group activity.  Each group is assigned a different aspect of a current refugee crisis. Using an anthropological perspective, they must research that crisis.  From their research, they create a slide presentation that will be shown to the class during the final exam period.  All students evaluate each presentation as part of their final exam grade.

During the semester break, I select from the information the groups have gathered to create a blog page devoted to that refugee crisis. The page is part of a new blog devoted to Refugee Crises.  Each semester, students will study a new crisis and new pages will be added to the blog.

This Capstone Project provides students with a tangible result that helps embed in their memories the most important theme of Anthropology:  Build Bridges, Not Walls.

Adapting to Change in the 21st Century