Burst was meant to spark an exploration and evaluation of ones racial and ethnic privilege in the comfort of their own mind. The title BURST alludes to the zine’s attempts to burst the bubble, which, in this case, is the Boulder community I’ve lived in for the past few years. With this work, I wanted to reintroduce the too-often avoided topic of privilege.
To do this, I used some of Peggy Macintosh’s research around white privilege. In her piece White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Macintosh cleverly describes privilege as “an invisible weightless knapsack of assurances, tools, maps, guides, codebooks, passports, visas, clothes, compass, emergency gear, and blank checks.”
She then poses a list of fifty questions that highlight just some of the daily effects of white privilege. I honed in on a few.