Yesterday I mentioned thinking about my own privilege. Once of the most often referenced, and in my opinion, accessible articles on what privilege is was written in 1988 by a woman named Peggy McIntosh. I am linking to a place online where you can read the article and really hope that everyone will take the time to do so. It is short. It is entertaining. And, if you let it be, it is thought provoking. It is also, HERE.
I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visa, clothes, tools and blank checks.
She goes on to enumerate her invisible privileges, including the following:
5. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
12. I can swear, or dress in secondhand closes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race.
26. I can choose blemish cover or bandaged in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
Now, please stop reading my blog and do read her piece. Again, you can find it HERE.