Chapter 2: What it Means to be Black

Key Takeaways

  • White privilege refers to the advantages that white people receive in society that are not earned by merit but given solely based on the colour of their skin. 
  • To be Black is to be perceived and defined as inferior by the white dominant culture, and this label affects social, economic, and geographic status.
  • The politics of Blackness exposes the struggles of Black people who are always placed at a disadvantage.
  • Understanding what it means to be Black will improve nurses’ communication skills.

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