I usually think of “privilege” as being strictly tied to economic or class status, but this is very well argued. I’m all for calling out “white privilege” as long as we don’t forget about class privilege. Ultimately, someone like Oprah Winfrey or the Obamas are much more privileged than the vast majority of white folks.
White guilt, white pride and white privilege are all terms that get thrown about quite a bit these days. What do they really mean? How do they all fit together? To answer that, we must look at the behavior and mindset of those who enjoy (if that is the correct word) white privilege.
What defines “white privilege”, anyway? In the past, it was an easier phenomenon to identify. White privilege meant being able to vote. It meant being able to live in the neighborhood you wanted to live in, go to the school you wanted to attend, work at the career you wanted to work at. It meant being able to drink from the same water fountain and use the same toilet as everyone else. It meant not having to worry so much about being lynched.
Today, these blunt injustices have been (mostly) eliminated. But that doesn’t mean white…
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