This article on White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh can be found here: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness,
not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.”
DAILY EFFECTS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE
I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have
chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic
status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my
African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular
time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.
Here are just a few of the author's 50 points:
12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a
hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can
count on my skin color not to work against the appearance
of financial reliability.
15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of
systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not
answer letters, without having people attribute these
choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of
20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being
called a credit to my race.
35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got
it because of my race.
41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my
race will not work against me.
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