The notion of White Privilege is inherently racist.
Those who push this bigoted screed are accusing every living White Person in America of treating White People better than people of other races. You are accusing all White People of being racists.
It’s a generalization. It’s nonsense. It is simply not true.
They are also saying that my accomplishments whatever they may be are based not upon my own sweat and tears but upon the color of my skin.
My only answer to that is not a nice one so I’ll not type it here.
It’s not “White Privilege” as it has nothing to do with color. It is being a member of a majority. It could be called “majority membership privilege.”
This notion that I am privileged because I am White is nonsense. If I were born White in Asia, it would not be a privilege to be White. Were I born White in Africa, I would belong to no privileged majority unless I was born in the nation of South Africa.
I was born White in America. Therefore, I am a member of the dominant race. It was not a privilege. It was an accident of birth.
I was born into mild poverty. We weren’t destitute. We were poor. I was not privileged to have been born or raised poor. I was not privileged when I basically had two choices after High School — the Military or likely imprisonment.
This “privilege” to which I am supposedly privy as a White person in America has nothing to do with my color. It has everything to do with being born a member of the majority group in America.
Certainly, by looking physically similar to others in the majority group, I am treated differently. However, this is not always a positive and this does not always work. Nor does this “privilege” extend to all members of the majority group. For instance, White Homosexuals are treated extremely poorly by the majority group. Explain to a White Homosexual how they are privileged. I’m sure you’ll get a tart reply.
There are more White Americans in poverty, more White American Children who are homeless and hungry, etc.
Being a member of the majority group anywhere will always have it’s advantages. However, this can take one only so far.
So, pls, stop trying to tell me how privileged I am because I’m White. I’m not buying it now nor will I ever buy it. It’s a stale, moldy piece of propaganda that serves no purpose except to turn me off to the plight of others.
That I do not believe in “White privilege” does not blind me to prejudice, bigotry or racism. I know that these things exist. I know that these things do harm to minorities and women and others. However, that I am not prejudiced against by some White Americans does not mean that I am not discriminated against in America or in the wider world.
Racism, Bigotry and Prejudice are not unique to America. Not every American has spent the whole of their lives in America protected from the wider world.
This is one of the basic assumptions of White Privilege. My white skin doesn’t carry the same credit in all places. In some places & in some situations, my white skin is a liability. This is the same for the fact of my citizenship. Being an American does not make me universally loved nor does it open doors for me everywhere I go. In some places, being White and/or American has closed doors to me.
I suppose if one has lived all of one’s life in America and has had to deal with only American challenges, a “White privilege” may exist to one extent or the other.
That being said, when I was a child, I was treated often as though I had no worth. Teachers treated me this way. This was due to my “class” and not my color. The kids from affluent families were treated well. The Black kids were treated differently by some of my teachers. The poor White were treated like “po’ White trash.” Perhaps this was a Louisville, Kentucky thing. I heard a few teachers talking about it. “He comes from a poor part of town. He’ll never amount to much.”
I have known prejudice. I have known bigotry. I have known racism. I have experienced each first hand. Inside and outside of America.
To tell me that I am privileged and to act as though I have never experienced hardship due to my race is to deny my life experiences. The notion of “White privilege” diminishes me as a human being.
All of this nonsense is going to backfire one day. There will be a backlash. People are going to grow tired of being told that they are inherently evil and owe people whom they have never seen an apology for things which they’ve never done.
Peggy McIntosh, the inventor of White privilege, is obviously an affluent White person who does not interact with people of other races or economic classes much if at all.
I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
(This is not true of all White people. This is mostly true of folks in the Northeast. How is one “White privileged” if White is the only race with whom you live, work, etc.)
I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
(This is not true of all White people)
When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
(One cannot change this fact. This is being part of the cultural majority. If one lives in Asia and is White, this would not be true.)
Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
(This is not true of all White people.)
I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge,” I will be facing a person of my race.
(This depends on the region, city, area. Not all areas, cities or areas are White dominated. Over 50% of my First Sergeants in the Army were Black.)
I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
(She seems to be oblivious of school systems wherein White kids are sent to predominantly Black schools as part of “Bussing.” I had many friends who had to be extremely aware of race when I was growing up. If they weren’t, it could mean a trip to the hospital.)
Most of her examples are that of a privileged AFFLUENT White person (Woman) and not the experience of the AVERAGE White person. I’ve read Peggy’s propaganda and her knapsack nincompoopery. Her experience is not that of “White America” but her own experience. I’ve never been able to NOT interact with people of other races. I’ve always lived near and interacted with people of other races. I’ve always been around Black Authority figures…my whole life. This started with my First Grade teacher who was a Black Woman. In the military, I always had Black persons in my chain of command. Both of my Drill Sergeants in Basic Training were Black. Post Military, my last two immediate supervisors were Black.
I left the military over a decade ago. My Boss at this job is Black. My Deputy Program Manager, to whom I directly reported, at my last place of employment was a retired Colonel who was Black. The last two guys whom I replaced were Black. My last five immediate supervisors non-White.
No, this is not the experience of everyone (every American). Neither is Peggy McIntosh’s experience or her “White privilege.”
The thing is that people can read the McIntosh nonsense for what it is — ridiculous White guilt propaganda that Peggy dreamed up to make herself feel better about her life of affluence and being born with a silver spoon. People can also spot ignorance and self deception when we see it.
Any person who falls for this White Privilege bunk is either a racist or an Affluent American who has never existed outside of their own comfortable rich person life. White Privilege is not the common experience of the White American. It is an experience of the 1%.