America is a diverse melting pot of various ethnicities and heritages all blended together to create the American society. As beautiful as that is, America as a population is mired in fear of addressing issues such as white privilege which is the product of discrimination and racism. White privilege is viewed by those opposed to it that those who are privilege received unwarranted success as a result of status, luck and privilege rather than putting in hard work or using their brain to earn their success. The existence of discrimination from white privilege comes from the privilege attained by a certain as well as oppression and social prejudice facing certain other groups or races. Individuals who are privileged in one society seldomly are unaware of their privilege, not because of their own doing, but simply because it is very easy to be oblivious to the privilege when you have never seen its adverse effect from the other side. …show more content…
throughout her life she discovered how her skin tone enabled her to maneuver situations in life a lot easier than she should be able to. White Privilege is synonymous to dominance. it correlates to an unearned strength and unearned control/power. Unearned power hearkens back to domination and one exerted superiority over another. white privilege can both intentionally or unintentionally oppress those who do not have it.White privilege still exists and is applicable in today’s society. We definitely can still talk about and recognize the existence of white
Jennifer R. Holladay, the interim director of the Teaching Tolerance program at Southern Poverty Law Center, mentions an eye-popping statement in her book, White Anti-Racist Activism: A Personal Roadmap. It says, “White privilege is not something that white people necessarily do, create, or enjoy on purpose. Unlike the more overt individual and institutional manifestations of racism, it is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society” (Holladay). Holladay is trying to convince her readers that individuals with white skin tend to receive more perks than minority races for no apparent reason, through her words. This is the exact same message that is conveyed in Color-Blind Racism, an essay by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.
White privilege is a form of embedded racism wherein “white” people are granted greater power, or access to resources as opposed to other races (Robbins et al. 2014: 99). White privilege is demonstrated in the case of Jennifer Cramblett, a white lesbian woman who decided to undergo artificial insemination. This resulted in a problematic situation as the sperm bank sent the wrong specimen to her (Mystal 2014). This was discovered well into her pregnancy, but she went ahead and delivered the baby. Two years after the baby girl was born, Cramblett decided to sue the sperm bank even after they gave her a refund because she was forced to make changes to accommodate her black child (Mystal 2014).
Acknowledging white privilege is admitting advantage in society over minorities. Although times are changing, there are two examples of white privilege I have witnessed first-hand. Driving through Albuquerque, New Mexico I was pulled over with my brother who looks like hippy from the woods for an expired tag. I was taken out of the car and back to the officer when he asked if there were drugs in the car because he could smell them, shortly after he questioned my brother who handed him two joints and HTC pills. The officer gave my brother back his marijuana and continued with how they were looking for people who were smuggling drugs into the country from Mexico.
So, I am sure I have benefited from white privilege in many ways, but it is incredibly hard to think of how since it seems like the “norm” and as suggested by Rothenberg that it is other people who are raced, not me. Whites are just people and in other words, white is not of a certain race, they’re just the human race. As the video “The Color of Fear” proposes, American, white and human are used as synonyms. Although I have never viewed myself as privileged, I see more than ever how wrong I am. Harlon Dalton’s Failing to See suggests I think this way partially because race obliviousness is natural to the one being in the driver’s
Privilege, for lack of a better word, is power. In sociology, this power is seen as what one group has over the other. W.E.B DuBois thought of privilege as emotional/psychological, i.e. knowing what one is not. What are some examples of this? You have straight privilege where you don’t have to worry about coming out or have your right to marry be debated (your heterosexuality has power over other sexualities); if you are thin, you’re not shamed often for your weight be it in what you buy or your clothing size (you being thin has power over those that are not); if you are able bodied, you require no assistance with daily tasks and are often included when group activities occur (you being able bodied have power over the dis/abled).
Many people in the world don’t know about what white privilege is, and most of those who know know what it is debate on whether it exist or not. First off white privilege is a term that represents the privileges that comes along with having white skin. With many white people arguing that white privilege doesn 't exist many people of color believe it does. Most people of color believe that white people are always one level ahead of them, because of their privilege. First of all, like many people of color, I believe white privilege does exist, because I can see it all around me.
Whites are not aware of the privilege they have, simply for the fact that this is their life the majority do not know anything different. When you have been drinking coke every day of your life and everyone else has ben drinking diet coke labeled as coke you wont know the difference. Lipsitz (1995) affirms whiteness is everywhere in US culture, but it is very hard to see. This is how white privilege looks to the average American even though everyone else is not getting the same treat as the whites they do not understand it because they have been treated the same way or so they think their whole life as well. Minorities are getting diet coke their whole life, though they see the whites making more money, and treated better in turn they begin questioning and coming up with the
Specifically, when the quote mentions, “…white privilege is not limited to perks like band aids and hair care products. The second function of white skin privilege is that it creates significant advantages for white people. There are sorts of things that…. a white person, generally do not encounter, have to deal with or even recognize.” Being important because it is showing many whites don’t notice the privileges they are given but many minorities do in which white privilege is a cause preventing social equality and one part of white privilege is not having the same rights to by the same products causing unfair advantages to those of a white skin
McIntosh gives a complete list of activities she can do and enjoy on a daily basis as a white woman that for others are a constant reminder of the unspoken white privilege that surrounds them and few refuse to acknowledge. Paula Rothenburg is a professor at William Patterson University and is the author of White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism. Rothenburg considers white privilege to be the other side of racism, meaning that having certain advantages and not wanting to accept them, while still profiting from them is indirectly using racism for one's own benefit. It is important to understand that white privilege does not exclusively exist in the Caucasian race, but in every race. Being a “light skinned” Mexican woman, not only
This sys, however wasn’t limited to race and can be applied similarly to gender stereotypes”. (Mandi) McIntosh has made a great example of herself, by providing real life examples of her white privilege. With the proof of McIntosh’s advantage in our society, she strongly suggest that all who hold such privileges should use it to undermine the oppressive system, we all live in.
In this world, people do not go through just being female or male or black or white. In this society we are either a black female, white male, black male, white female and so on. But it does not stop there. People in society continue to add characteristics that determines various forms of privilege.
Even to this day, about two hundred and fifty years since America had gained independence, many people of color in American society still feel that they are treated unequally. In today’s society, the discussion of racial privilege has been a big discussion within society and politics in America. Although some people might not find, or see racial privilege in America as a huge problem, it is a big problem and makes many people of color feel like they are not welcomed in America. Racial privilege in America has been witnessed in America ever since the reconstruction period of the Southern United States when the Supreme Court made it unconstitutional to discriminate against the former slaves of America. Since then many people have spoken out of racial privilege and have given their point of view of the privilege
This week we were assigned to read to different articles. The first article was written by Peggy McIntosh titled, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. Throughout the article, Peggy showed the readers what it means to have white privilege. She showed the readers 50 different types of “advantages” that whites get over other races, such as African Americans. This is the biggest theme throughout her entire piece.