One form of racial privilege in this country that we don't pay attention to is:
To be white in this country is to have access to the privilege of innocence. To have your right to say I'm a human being.
To be black is to have to prove it. You have the burden of proof that you have a right to your innocence. And there is something fundamentally wrong with that."
Dr. Muhammad is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. He is a former professor of African-American history at Indiana University.