How do you explain “white privilege” to a broke white person?

Gina Crosley-Corcoran has a few ideas, here.

And here is Peggy McIntosh’s classic, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

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3 responses to “How do you explain “white privilege” to a broke white person?

  1. How do you explain White Privilege to the families and friends of….
    Dylan Noble, White male, 19, unarmed, shot dead by police after a car chase June 25.
    Christian Bowman, White male, 23, unarmed, shot dead by police investigating a report of “drug activity” at a hotel May 9.
    Eric Wilson, White male, 22, unarmed, shot dead by police April 17 after pulling out a cell phone.
    Dion Damon, White male, 40, unarmed, shot dead by police while being arrested as a suspect in an armed robbery April 12.
    Joshua Grubb, White male, 30 unarmed, shot dead by police March 13 …
    James “Tony” Scott, White male, 42, unarmed, shot dead by police March 6…
    Travis Bradley, White male, 35, unarmed, shot dead by police March 2…
    Michael Brown, White male, 25, unarmed, shot dead by police January 30…
    Alan Bartley, White male, 56, unarmed, shot dead by police January 11…or…
    Ciara Meyer, White female, 12, unarmed, killed by a bullet that passed through her father, (armed), after being shot by a Duncannon, PA constable serving an eviction order. (Ciara’s father has been charged in her death. The shooting was ruled justified.)

    • I don’t think the death of white people by police officers in any way negates the presence of white privileges in general. Or maybe I’m missing your meaning.

      • I don’t it think it “negates the presence of white privileges in general.” That wasn’t my point. White privilege… a set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others…is self-evident in our society due to long recognized systemic/structural racism.

        But I do think that explaining “White privilege” to the friends and family of those I listed might shed some light on how the self-evident can be reframed into another racialist trope in the identity politics toolkit exploited to fog the truth and create more division, more ressentiment, instead of the solidarity and egalitarianism necessary to a pluralistic…and just…society.

        The longer we’re at each other’s throats…..
        …the longer we stay at each other’s throats.

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