Students at a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania are wearing white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces this month to serve as a constant reminder of their “privilege” as white people in America.
According to the College Fix, the Elizabethtown College Democrats launched the campaign over the weekend, which they have dubbed the “Personal Identity Campaign.” The campaign seeks to answer the question: “How does race effect my life, directly and indirectly?”
Take a quick glimpse of what our campaign will involve! pic.twitter.com/bH2EC1lILl
— Etown College Dems (@EtownCollegeDem) February 10, 2017
“People of color have to wake up everyday and think about race and just about their life. What they have to do to not negatively impact their life. As a white person, we don’t usually have to think about that,” Aileen Ida, president of Elizabethtown College Democrats, told WHP-TV.
“I think that it is a misconception that we live in a post-racial world, because if you ask a person of color, they will almost 100 percent of the time tell you that … they have lived the struggles that white people don’t,” she added.
Ida told the College Fix that she believes all white people are “privileged,” though she declined to say how.
“Most people of color don’t have a choice but to consider how their race affects their life on a daily basis, this is not true for most white people,” she told the website.
According to the group’s Facebook page, their campaign is inspired by a Wisconsin Lutheran pastor named Barb Girod, who made a commitment to wear a white puzzle piece each day for a year to “force herself to think about her white privilege and the impact white privilege has on people of color.”