“I Need Some White Privilege” Crowdfunding Campaign Seeking $135K

July 16, 2014  |  

One definition of white privilege that sounds pretty comprehensive to us is as follows: “A set of societal privileges, existing in predominantly white societies, that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic circumstances.” Even in this day and age it still exists.

So one black woman decided she too wanted to benefit from white privilege and she stated a GoFundMe to launch an “I need some white privilege!” crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday. Yaya M. wants on to raise the money she feels she’s been denied because she does not have white privilege as a black woman.

“Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege,” she writes.

She wants to raise $135,000, the amount she calculated averaging her work history with an estimated rate of monetary disadvantage, reports The Huffington Post. She posted:

I’ve been earning anywhere from 63-69 percent of what a white man makes for the same work since I entered the workforce in 1999. Even if I control for part-time work as a teenager and consider increases in pay as I grew older/more experienced and changed my field, that still averages out to about a $9,000 deficit for each year I’ve been employed. Multiply that by 15 years of hustle and you have my total.

So far she has gotten 10,000 likes on Facebook and more than $4,700 in donations from more than 275 people in just six days.

But Yaya isn’t in it just for money. She says she wants to give donors some so-call “black privilege” in exchange for people’s support. No joking! Well, maybe a little.

The reward levels are from $5 to $250, and YaYa will give a variety of things, from permission to touch Yaya’s natural hair without asking. At just $15 this level has sold out.

She is also offering translations of up to five words/phrases from Ebonics to “White American English” ($35), a copy of her grandmother’s collard greens recipe ($100, sold out), and having Yaya “dress like a cop and harass you on the street for what will seem like no reason” ($200), reports HuffPo.  A $250 donation prize is the same as the $200 gift except someone will record it and post it on WorldStarHipHop.

Do you find the “I Need Some White Privilege!” campaign is funny or offensive? One thing for sure: it’s clever.

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