Power Privilege, Prejudice & Discrimination

Power privilege operates on personal, interpersonal, cultural, and institutional levels and gives advantages, favors, and benefits to members of dominant groups at the expense of members of target groups. In the United States, power privilege is granted to people who have membership in one or more of these social identity groups:

  • White people;
  • Able-bodied people;
  • Heterosexuals;
  • Males;
  • Christians;
  • Middle or owning class people;
  • Middle-aged people;
  • English-speaking people


Power privilege is characteristically invisible to people who have it. People in dominant groups often believe that they have earned the privileges that they enjoy or that everyone could have access to these privileges if only they worked to earn them. In fact, privileges are unearned and they are granted to people in the dominant groups. Whether they want those privileges or not, and regardless of their stated intent.




Your assignment should identify a diversity situation or cultural dilemma that is prevalent in today’s society that involves more than one cultural group. Additionally, your paper should: Identify the selected diversity situation or cultural dilemma. Provide an analysis of the topic, including a historical perspective and the current day situation.

Explain why this is a topic of interest in general, and to you in particular.

Compare and contrast the different cultural groups involved the situation or dilemma. Additionally, you should address: Stereotypes and biases associated with each of the cultural groups’ privileges and power associated with each of the cultural groups.

Include all the requirements of the Weeks 3 and 4 papers. Further, identify and present your own attitudes, beliefs, cultural norms, stereotypes, or biases that you may have, or had in the past, regarding the topic.

Present at least one argument supporting the perspective of each cultural group involved with the topic. Consider how the situation or dilemma may be addressed moving forward with a mutually beneficial outcome.

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