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White Privilege

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 17, 2011





PG had heard the phrase “white privilege” a few times, and decided to ask Mr.Google about it. The top choice was White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack “This article is now considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators.” It is four pages long, which might not break the attention span.

A document like this is almost impossible to read with an open mind. You are a member of a group, such as a white male like PG. There are a lot of things here which PG agrees with, a few his disagrees with, and a few that are dependent on the reader’s point of view.
The sentence that PG felt obliged to copy was ” I was taught to think that racism could end if white individuals changed their attitudes”. It is as if the attitudes of black people did not matter.
There are more headshakers in this article. In a list of privileges white folks take for granted, number 18 was
” 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.”. That might have true once, but is not today.
Getting back to White Privilege (and ignoring the White Privilege Conference results), there are lots of people thinking about this subject. The University of Dayton contributes Defining “White Privilege”. In the text, the author mentions starting a site, Whiteprivilege.com. This site is currently under construction. It does give you the opportunity to buy “Privilege Car Insurance”.

A feature, What is white privilege?, compares every person with pale skin to the Palin family.
“White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.” This runs counter to line 21 of the Invisible Knapsack list, ” I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group. “
PG went looking for answers, and got more questions. He does not deny that being caucasian has advantages in our society. These advantages do not mean that one should lay down quietly and let black people get their revenge. We are all G-d’s children. You should be proud of who you are, without taking advantage of your neighbor. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.




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  1. Black Privilege « Chamblee54 said, on October 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    […] publishing a feature about white privilege , PG thought it would be fair to look into black privilege. When you visit Mr. Google, some of his […]

  2. Christian Privilege « Chamblee54 said, on November 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    […] has tried to contribute to the dialog (polylog) with recent posts about black privilege and white privilege. One day recently, PG was exercising his vehicular privilege. The thought occured to him about […]

  3. Privilege « Chamblee54 said, on October 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    […] publishing a feature about white privilege , PG thought it would be fair to look into black privilege. When you visit Mr. Google, some of his […]

  4. Christian Privilege « Chamblee54 said, on November 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

    […] has tried to contribute to the dialog (polylog) with recent posts about black privilege and white privilege. This is a repost. One day recently, PG was exercising his vehicular privilege. The thought occured […]

  5. Christian Privilege | Chamblee54 said, on November 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    […] has tried to contribute to the dialog (polylog) with recent posts about black privilege and white privilege. This is a repost. One day recently, PG was exercising his vehicular privilege. The thought occured […]

  6. Privilege | Chamblee54 said, on October 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    […] publishing a feature about white privilege , PG thought it would be fair to look into black privilege. When you visit Mr. Google, some of his […]


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