Exploring our Privilege Book Club

Registration is closed for this event.

we will be hosting this book club again in the winter, so please stay tuned for dates and more information.

A collaborative project of the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Claxton Social Justice League.

Join us for a book study of “White Kids - Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America” led by Dr. Megan Underhill, UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Sociology. We will:

  1. Discuss ways in which white families unknowingly perpetuate racial inequities

2. Learn how to develop skills to talk with other parents about issues of race/privilege.

3. Develop ideas for how white parents could show up differently.


Dinner and childcare are included. Copies of the book are loaned to participants. Registration is required and space is limited.

Who: Parents and adult family members of students in the Asheville City Schools.

When: October 11, October 25, November 15, November 29 from 5:45 -7:30

(Participants should attend all sessions)

How: We expect that to have more applicants than spaces for this book club. Claxton parents will receive half of the seats and remaining participants will be chosen to create a cross-section of ACS schools. Participants will be notified on October 3.


More about White Kids - Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America:

American kids are living in a world of ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial injustice, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding diversity and inclusion. In this heated context, sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman zeroes in on affluent, white kids to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities, and police violence. In fascinating detail, Hagerman considers the role that they and their families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America.

More about the facilitator: Dr. Underhill is a qualitative, inequality-oriented, race and family scholar whose research examines what—and perhaps more importantly, how—white parents teach their children about race.

This book club is a reponse to requests from participants at the May 16, 2018 Community Conversation on Equity.