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Effects of White Privilege on Your Life

Posted by on May. 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area, which I can afford and in which I would want to live.

  1. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.

  2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

  3. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely

represented.
6. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

  1. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.

  2. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket

and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.

10. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of my financial reliability.
11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
12. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race.

13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
14. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
16. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

17. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
18. 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. 19. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

20. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
21. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared.

22. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having coworkers on the job suspect that I got it because of race.
23. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the place I have chosen.

24. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my race will not work against me.
25. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones.
26. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin. 

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Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage, is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all.


This lady is brilliant.

 

Aestas
by Gold Member on May. 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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Totally agree with you.

Quoting Jack_Squat:


It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage, is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all.


This lady is brilliant.

 


Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

hopealways4019
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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Oh you forgot to add that you can count on another privilege spoil white boy, coming in to your child school and shooting up anything that has a pulse. Because he angry his breakfast milk was warm. God is the supreme one the only perfect privilege flesh that ever existed. Some races been brainwashed to believe that their rulers of this land. But in the end we all gone to the same place.
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Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM


I didn't write that, but agree wholeheartedly. 

It amazes me the amount of women who will go on and on about inequality in the workplace due to male advantage, yet would turn around in the same breath and vehemently deny that such inequality exists due to race, just as well.

Quoting Aestas:

Totally agree with you.

Quoting Jack_Squat:


It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage, is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all.


This lady is brilliant.

 




kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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This has been overdone. All of the black people I know can say the same.
BlueRay
by Bronze Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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Seen this, over it
Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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Are you also 'over' gender inequality in the workplace? 

Quoting BlueRay:

Seen this, over it



Aestas
by Gold Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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Let me guess. You're white?

Quoting BlueRay:

Seen this, over it


Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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LOL
Quoting Aestas:

Let me guess. You're white?

Quoting BlueRay:

Seen this, over it



BeachMommy07
by on May. 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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oh, this is gonna turn into a HUGE debate. Where's the popcorn?

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