Examples Of White Privileges: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack

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According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, diversity can be defined as, “the condition of having or being composed of different elements” (Diversity). Thought reading the paper you will learn about the key points from the stories, A Social Worker’s Reflections on Power, Privilege, and Oppression written by Michael S. Spencer and the story White Privileges: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack was written by Peggy McIntosh. There will also be a point in the paper where you will be informed about how privileges affect people and how they can positively affect people who do not receive them. Finally the paper will include my personal beliefs on the topic of privileges and even some of my own personal privileges that are in my knapsack and that have …show more content…
The most important idea that was discussed in this paper was the idea of how prevalent white privileges are in today’s society. Many people do not believe that white privileges no longer exist but there are many examples that are provided to prove otherwise. Some of these examples are that if I have white color skin, “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.” (Peggy) This privilege is something that a lot of people do not consider a privilege but rather a way of life. The job of a social worker in this line of work is to help eliminate this barrier that is created by these privileges. The social worker can get rid of these barriers in a number of different ways. The first way they can do it is by teaching people that these privileges really exist rather than just ignoring them like we seem to constantly do (DuBois) Another way social workers can help these people is by offering support programs like Food stamps and reduced cost healthcare with allow people who are struggling with these privileges to be able to over come them. …show more content…
Without there being people who needs the assistance programs like food stamps and reduced living would not exist (DuBois). If everyone had the same amount of privileges then these privileges wouldn’t exist either because everyone would be equal rather than some people being better than the other. Another advantage to those who don't have these privileges is that it creates jobs for social workers. Without there being people who need the help then there would be no job for social workers and would dramatically cut the amount of social workers that exist even though it is one of the fastest growing

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