By Invitation Only
Ron Chisom, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond
Author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son
Peggy McIntosh Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women
Author, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
Just imagine being in the center of New Orleans debutante and Carnival traditions and opting out of all that power and privilege! Snedeker had beauty, brains, money, and entitlement. She poignantly records her stepping back, rethinking, reconsidering, reorienting herself into a wider way of being in the world, outside of the social and emotional prisons of her caste, class, and racial position. This sensitive autobiographical video can be especially valuable for work on class and race awareness and on diversity in general. It invites the viewer to Just Imagine giving up some unearned privilege, and living a stronger and more coherent life as a result of this decision.
The Boston Phoenix
A personal documentary in which the liberal filmmaker rubs against the upper-crust Mardi Gras traditions of her society family, realizing there's no place in the celebrations for her African-American boyfriend. It's a smart, tantalizing take on class and race that traces 100 years of parallel New Orleans history, white and black.
Abby Ferber Professor of Womens Studies and Sociology, University of Colorado
Author/Editor, Privilege: A Reader
This film is a great teaching tool for introducing students to the concept of white privilege. The documentary also provides rich material for an analysis of the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class.