White Privilege Essay

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McIntosh and Martin both have similar articles on white privilege; McIntosh believes white privilege is something that is taught within the white community by parents, teachers, and their surroundings. Martin believes white privilege is something that occurs in five stages though out a white persons life that ultimately challenges a person use their white privilege as (possessive or active) positive or negating. Both articles touch base and have listed lists on certain transactions they are both able to do because they have been granted white privilege, as I read those list I began to think of how I can relate to their lists in the opposite way.
A) McIntosh defines white privilege as an idea that is not taught to the white community, she explains in her article
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An entry that stood out the most for me was "4. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed." ("White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" 2). I can relate to this statement because I have experienced the opposite being a person of color I am often followed by employees because they believe I cant afford their material meanwhile a white person can walk in alone around the same time and would not be noticed or bothered. A second entry that captivated my attention was "17. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider." ("White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" 2). The reason I agree with this statement is due to witnessing how the moment when a person of color disagrees with the government they are quickly ridiculed and told "if you don't like it then go back to where you're from" people are not allowed to publicly disapprove of the government's actions. McIntosh compares white privilege to male privilege stating "thinking through

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