Analysis Of White Privilege The Invisible Knapsack

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Peggy McIntosh works for the Wellesley College Center as the associate director. Her main focus is on Research on Women. Throughout her career, McIntosh has written several articles about multicultural and gender-equitable. McIntosh’s work White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack was published in 1988, as a working paper, but in 1990 it was featured in the magazine Independent School. In White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack, McIntosh addressed how being white gave her an advantage in life. She also continues, that whites never realized that they have certain privileges because it has become a norm for them. McIntosh starts the article by stating that often men do not want to see that they are more privileged than women. However, they …show more content…
In order for a person to acquire such knowledge, about white privilege, they first have to take into account of the power they have. However, she also writes how men are unconscious of their power they have in the world. Hence, why white readers are subconscious of the power they have. McIntosh also sees white privilege as unearned because it is given by skin color.
McIntosh labels a section as Daily Effects of White Privilege. In this section, she writes a list of privileges that she has because she is white. She also states that the privileges that she writes about are based on skin color and not on other factors, such as religion, status, or ethics.
Throughout this list, she writes that she can go out to the stores and not be followed around because of her skin color. Furthermore, she does not need to educate her children about racism in order to protect themselves. McIntosh continues the list on how she cannot be criticized if she speaks with her mouth full, she can wear whatever she wants, and her race will not contribute to her choices. McIntosh also said that her skin color has no contribute if the police pull her over or if the IRS audit her
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McIntosh writes on how she never noticed the privileges that she had until she wrote them down. She has begun to see white privilege as elusive and fugitive because whites often ignore the privileges they have. She sees this country, not as free, but as a country that only opens its door for certain skin color. While writing her list, she was able to make a realization that she took those privileges for granted. She believes that an environment should be created in which privileges are not something that is just and not dangerous. McIntosh also notices that her skin color gave her a value in life. She was able to live in a world that would not judge her actions, in a way she would live more freely compared to people of the opposite race. Because of this privilege, her race is able to feel confident and comfortable in the world. She ends this section by saying that the word privilege does not mean favorable, but as a condition that is based on

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