White Privilege The Invisible Knapsack Analysis

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It is no surprise for someone in today’s society to hear about racial discrimination amongst local events in town, or simple civil rights that are overlooked daily. Whether you agree or disagree, people from all cultures have to face complex situations a lot more than those who aren’t of color. The essay “White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack” was an essay written by Peggy McIntosh. With such a meaningful title, some may overlook what “The Invisible Knapsack” really is symbolizing. When I think of knapsack I start to envision someone zipped completely up in a sleeping bag. This knapsack served more as a shield in society than anything else. Nevertheless, knapsacks are not only protecting, but they create comfort to those inside of it. The …show more content…
Living in a higher class area where less African Americans lived led me to a PWI high school. For a while it never made sense to me why If I took an exam and made a high grade on it I’m accused to have cheated. If the scripts were flipped and it was a white male who got a high grade, it would be look at as “He must’ve just done a lot of studying”. Unfortunately, this is an issue that still goes on today that is Difficult to overlook. McIntosh listed multiple reasons scenarios in which th knapsack is used, which seems extremely accurate. Nevertheless, the list began to seem dragged out as I went along to read. When coming across an issue that affects several minorities, emotions and extra reasoning are tactics a black male have deal with. There is always one Caucasian person that would never own up to the scenarios listed in her essay. The invisible knapsack is defiantly an advantage that is taken for granted often times. People who aren’t of color don’t have to worry about if they’re going to get followed inside a store as soon as they walk in. It’s heartbreaking to know that in today’s society there is a principle that has to be followed as a African American male just to be accepted as a …show more content…
I do feel that there are situations where a young child may not certain why privileges are given to them, but are talked about and frowned upon anyways. It’s honestly not right to hold someone accountable for actions that they had no control over. Furthermore, if the knapsack is a shield over how white Americans privilege is extended more than others, people will (have) created their own knapsack. It’s no different than seeing a white student at a HBCU and other students talking about the way he or she talks could this be considered an invisible

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