White Privilege And Male Privilege Essay example

1218 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In Peggy McIntosh’s paper “White Privilege and Male Privilege”, Macintosh expresses that white privilege is unearned dominance that whites posses unknowingly, which gives them an advantage in society. She argues that by reviewing the denials surrounding white privilege, acknowledging white privilege’s existence, and the factors that protect these unearned advantages and dominance, we can then use these same unearned privileges to weaken the invisible privilege systems (McIntosh). Whites are taught in a careful manner not to recognize white privilege, further denying it even exists. Whites are taught that racism is something that puts others at disadvantage, but the more important part we are not taught about, is that it put others in advantage. Those who are in advantage such as whites do not like to even admit they are in advantage, it is denials such as these that protects white privilege from being acknowledged. Those in advantage like to think they earned what they have in a fair manner, however, most is simply unearned privilege. McIntosh states that whites are “conditioned into oblivion” about the mere existence of white privilege by the ways in which we enjoy unearned advantages just because of our white skin color, only further denying white privilege.

Once the denials of white privilege have been brought to the surface, one can then acknowledge it’s existence. By acknowledging white privilege’s existence Mcintosh expresses we must not only acknowledge other’s…

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