An area of contention in America with regards to racial relationships is the idea of white privilege. The notion that certain people within a society have unwritten societal benefits due to the color of their skin seems unbelievable to some. I want to figure out exactly what white privilege is and if this privilege is universally applicable to all whites in America. I want to know why so many White Americans deny this idea. Can it be explained, or reasoned in a way that makes sense to even the most ardent critics?
I truly enjoyed reading Jessica Drew de Paz’s story. I’ve heard and read many inspiring stories on individuals who come from minority backgrounds, but never stories on white Americans. It was definitely different and refreshing to hear Jessica’s story. Jessica described white privilege as being oblivious to the effects of a person’s racial background. It wasn’t until Jessica was in graduate school that she began to recognize white privilege.
Whether it is the worries that my mother has for me everyday or the awkwardness I feel when talking about social issues in the with my mainly white professors and classmates. Issues of race in the U.S. threatens to oppress minorities by having a culture that has never given the same privilege that whites receive. According to Brainard (2009)," white privilege refers to the unquestioned or invisible preference that white people receive regarding their treatment by others; these may be but are not limited to words, behaviors, and/or actions, policies and practices and or nonverbal communication"(p.10). An example that shows the equal privilege
His ideas on race dealt more with people’s own intrinsic views of inferiority as opposed to the true nature of skin tone. The idea that white culture was the goal to be supreme, not white
Her argument was mainly about how white people uses black culture for their own purposes and she was arguing that only white people do this and she saying that black culture is only deem worthy if the privilege takes it for themselves. To me this whole argument is mainly what black people see as racist because of the use of their black culture are influenced towards white people that Azealia Banks feels that her culture is being taken over and being owned by white people. I see culture approbation as pluralism which is mutual respects for another culture, which I see that white people are respecting black culture by representing them and vice
By stating that all lives matter it negates the message that BLM is trying to make clear. It denies African Americans the recognition that their lives matter by attempting to make them feel foolish, selfish, or silly. If all lives matter, then black lives matter, but if all lives really did matter equally under the rule of law, BLM would not need to exist. Yet here BLM stands, stoically pushing for the legitimacy that it should have been rightfully awarded at its start. BLM’s struggle for legitimacy is based on the power structures of systemic racism created by the country’s unanimously white founders from the start.
Liberty is one of the founding principles of this country, yet thousands of people specifically African Americans were discriminated against harshly and frankly not even seen as people. African Americans were seen as a group which played a minimal role in society and lacked any real purpose. Ellison contradicts this idea through the image of the optic white paint and the paint factory to exhibit the significance blacks play in society even with highly abundant racial blindness. The majority if not all of the workers in the Liberty Paint Factory are black, however the color they specialize in paint described as“so white you can paint a chunka coal and you’d have to crack it open with a sledgehammer to prove it wasn’t white clear through.” (217).
Racism is alive and well in our modern day society. The fact that racism is a prominent form of social justifications cannot be neglected. On the contrary to this, Angeline Price’s article titled, “Working Class Whites,” she argues that racism is gone but this idea of “classism” would be the “last available method of prejudice in our society.” However, Michael Omi and Nell Bernstein think otherwise.
Maycomb Alabama, the fictional town To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, has prejudice everywhere. Racism is one of the most obvious forms of prejudice that are present, however other forms such as gender stereotyping; forcing ideas onto Scout because she was a girl, or thinking of someone as a terrible person because they act differently; Boo Radley or Dolphus Raymond. People were grouped together by whom hey associated with and were criticized if they weren 't in the ‘correct’ one. Lee incorporated these ideas and beliefs to help create an accurate and believable setting.
Affirmative Action is a perfect example of that, as the authors stated it, “did bring many more people of color into middle-income jobs where they could begin to save, buy homes, and build wealth. However, the gap is still not closed” (396). What Whites fail to realize is that with the implementation of this policy, the number one benefactors of the program were White women, but many use the existence of this policy as the reason Whites don’t have a fair chance at employment and college
However, the effects of social racism have largely contributed to all the intersecting dynamics in my life. Cherríe Moraga shares a similar conflicting identity crisis, in which she is labeled, “la guera,” meaning light skinned Latina. She discusses in her essay, “La Guera” how her home environment and other social spectrums treated her white, where she gained the idea that “white was right” because it, “attempted to bleach me of what color I did have” (Morago, 2015). She too describes her experiences of passing as it pertained to her race and the privileges it entailed, in which she refers to as being “anglicized.” Today, as a junior at Washington State University in Pullman, my white appearance deems me part of the majority, therefore excluding me from any racist harassment other students have experienced in just this past year alone.
I think that not cherishing diversity makes it an even worse place to live. People should be proud their different from everyone else, it gives us all character and different personalities it lets us decide what we like and do not like in different types of people. If we were all the same, looked the same, thought the same the world would be pretty boring. America cherishes diversity because as said in McGregor’s article “almost every academy award went to a white male” that says something. America may have finished thinking and treating other races differently but isn’t their a slight chance racism and sexism still exist?
CRT scholars stated how racism has pitted white and black women against each other in society. They argue these stereotypes still persist today, long after the end of slavery. Black womanhood is continually being devalued, while the white womanhood is elevated, but restricted. This line of reasoning, states that issues of race, ethnicity, class and gender permits elite white males to define womanhood in
She does a good job by saying that some people are born with privilege and some are given the privilege but overall that we don 't deserve that privilege because it ends up putting others at a disadvantage. McKintosh makes it very clear to us that white privilege is more of a dominance to another race than a privilege. She ends up saying that white privilege is very much misleading because it puts people of color at a disadvantage. The whole purpose of the article that McKintosh wrote was to open the minds of the white society and make them realize that they were at a advantage over colored people and that there are many examples of the dominance of white people over colored. Even though it is said that we are a free country, things have still not gotten to the point where everyone is free and equal.
Reading the article White Privilege, I was reflected back to the 2 past classes. I disagree with some of the article because I believe that women and black people can have the same amount of power as men and whites. The 2008 election showed no matter what skin color you have, anything is possible. On the other side, I see where it’s coming from. In our country, there’s still discrimination about women and blacks.