White Privilege In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Every day over 352,000 babies are born. The second these babies enter the world, the opportunities and privileges given to them vary but are set at their birth. Privilege constantly determines opportunities whether the individual can help it or not, and it is revealed constantly throughout our country's history. In the past privilege has affected minorities lives and their opportunities in careers, freedom of speech, and much more. Unconscious biases and privileges are still very well present today but not as obvious. Privilege and race are both heavily connected both in the past and present day. In Of Mice and Men, a book that took place in the mid 1930’s, there is a scene between a white woman and black male worker that reveals white privilege.…show more content…
The whitewashing of certain roles took away the opportunities for people of color in the entertainment industry, also leaving children of color to feel unrepresented and unwanted in media. In Louis CK’s standup comedy routine “On Being White” he jokes on to say, “Here’s how great it is to be white: I can get in a time machine and go to any time, and it would be f****** awesome when I get there! That is exclusively a white privilege.” revealing with a hypothetical situation that at any time in the past, whites have always had an advantage against minorities. This line in his act had an important underlying message on the privileges given to whites throughout all of history and how no matter when they would always have the upper
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