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Observations of an Invisible Woman

Finish this Sentence #5

White Privilege is…

I’ll go first:

Only whites don’t “see” colour.

Having the power of creating a racial group for other people...and having them believe it:

Light skinned Spanish-speaking Africans dancing

What does “White Privilege” mean to you?

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18 thoughts on “Finish this Sentence #5

  1. White privilege is simply a by-product of White supremacy for me. It’s common for people in academia to talk so much about this rather than the overall system, so I don’t like the term too much.

    It’s so common for anti-racist to assert White people never thinking about their color, but I’ve seen and heard so many instances where that is NOT true. There’s a woman named Leslie Houts who wrote about White college students and racist jokes, and one WM said he heard the “n-word” 27 times in his house in one day. So it seems like they understand the necessity to separate themselves from others. They make themselves the norm while everybody else is exotic, freaky, or barbaric. But it’s most likely gonna backfire because the environment is getting worse, their economic systems aren’t able to sustain as much now, and more non-whites are starting to wake up. Otherwise, they might decide to end life as we know it because they can’t fathom being on equal footing with anybody else.

  2. Creates alternate realities like the matrix without asking which pill you’d like to take.

  3. soforeal on said:

    having the opportunity to live life to the fullest and don`t have to worry about ever being oppressed.

  4. The first time I heard about white privilege was while watching a show on “Donahue” years ago as a teen where the show was about “Blacks that look White” and he read a list of them. He only read a small portion of the list, but it is actually much larger. The list was created by a woman named Peggy McIntosh. Here is a PDF of the list.

    http://www.isr.umich.edu/home/diversity/resources/white-privilege.pdf

  5. mary burrell on said:

    Having the best of everything and anything in this society.

  6. I don’t know DOAN if it is accurate for people to believe that white people don’t consider their racial identity–i would say they think of it and act on it all the time.

  7. white privilege, a social relation

    1. a. A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.
    b. A special advantage or benefit of white persons; with reference to divine dispensations, natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, social relations, etc.

    2. A privileged position; the possession of an advantage white persons enjoy over non–white persons.

    3. a. The special right or immunity attaching to white persons as a social relation; prerogative.
    b. display of white privilege, a social expression of a white person or persons demanding to be treated as a member or members of the socially privileged class.

    4. a. To invest white persons with a privilege or privileges; to grant to white persons a particular right or immunity; to benefit or favor specially white persons; to invest white persons with special honorable distinctions.
    b. To avail oneself of a privilege owing to one as a white person.

    5. To authorize or license of white person or persons what is forbidden or wrong for non–whites; to justify, excuse.

    6. To give to white persons special freedom or immunity from some liability or burden to which non–white persons are subject; to exempt.

  8. mary burrell on said:

    Phoebepruenell, brings up a good point white people do consider their racial identity, that’s why they think they are superior to other non whites.

  9. …not having to take a driver’s license test THREE times, even though you may have already had driver’s education classes in high school, military driving lessons, licensing and safety awards while in the military, international driving education and licensing…

  10. .
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    WHITE PRIVILEGE

    example:

    A substandard student of an Ivy League university with a C minus grade point average, a well known butcher of American English, a less than mediocre intellect … a liar and a war monger/murderer of a people/nation that did America no harm. An unimpressive governor as the chief executive of Texas who beforehand had failed at one private business venture after another— who ran for POTUS on the GOP ticket, twice – and somehow won – with the help of the Supreme Court! Did I mention that his daddy was also the POTUS?

    If that isn’t white privilege, I don’t know what is.
    Doubt that? Then answer this.

    Could a BLACK man with the same connections/experience/background/record/qualifications (or lack thereof) as “shrub” become the POTUS?

    White privilege means that one can be mediocre – or less – and still achieve stellar accomplishments. Because after all, white skin has its bonuses – namely a PERCEPTION of CAPABILITY – i.e. so called superiority – over non-whites.

    Blacks virtually always have to be extraordinary gifted, talented, skilled, knowledgeable just to be on par with average/mediocre – or LESS – whites.

    That’s just ONE example of white privilege.

  11. So for such a concerned sister no reference to Kwanzaa?!
    Interesting.

  12. @Negress

    White privilege is living comfortable because of others. Black people are the source of their prosperity on this planet…Bottomline!!!

    Ty

  13. White privilege is the opposite of what I’m thinking right now.

  14. White privilege is seeing representations of yourself all over the media landscape in an array of images, most of them positive and at the center. And yet, still think it is unfair to white people particularly when it comes to crimes against them by POC.

    White privilege is never having to question your position anywhere because it is assumed that you’ve earned it and are qualified. And yet, the possibility of skin privilege, nepotism and inheritance is never considered.

    White privilege is not fearing about other whites in any given setting anywhere while being afraid of POC. And yet, most crimes against whites are by other whites.

    White privilege is learning about your history in school as a requirement. And yet, that history is revised, edited, censored and regurgitated into a white-glory saga.

  15. White privilege/supremacy, is having to put your aspirations on hold in order to fight the powers that be.

  16. have you seen this?

  17. White privilege is: always getting the benefit of the doubt. No matter how you parse it, that is the whole of the truth. Any specific example, any set of circumstances, any refutation of the idea leads back to the same conclusion: that white people have to fail **utterly** before receiving the same type of treatment as a non-white person, anywhere on this planet.

  18. White privilege is practice, maintained and supported by the true psychopaths and terrorist of the world—white people.

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