Christa Preston Agiro, an associate professor at Wright State University, spoke to Ohio University this month in a speech titled, “Recovering from Overwhelming Whiteness: Learning and Unlearning Rules about Race.”
The point of her talk was to discuss “the many times during her life where she unfortunately benefitted [sic] from white privilege.”
Dr. Agiro, who earned her doctorate in cultural studies from Ohio University, said that during her childhood, she only heard “the white side of the story.”
However, when she attended Ohio University, her eyes were opened by Professor Najee Muhammad. “He was both an agent and a witness of transition for me. One where I began to ask questions and seek things I haven’t seen before and began a forever journey in my re-education,” she explained.
As a professor, Dr. Agiro says that she is trying to use her white privilege to help people of color, whom she says have been marginalized.
“We live in a world that legitimizes the white voice,” Professor Agiro said. “We can’t isolate those who we think are getting it wrong. We have to welcome new allies because we can learn from anybody.”
IOTW Report was the first national news site to report on the speech.