Mentioning ‘white privilege’ increases online polarization

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If there’s an online discussion about race, using the term “white privilege” can create a polarized situation, say University of Michigan researchers.

The mention of white privilege can create internet discussions that are less constructive, more polarized and less supportive of racially progressive policies, says Christopher Quarles, a doctoral student at the School of Information and