White Privilege : The Invisible Knapsack Essay

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White Privilege is an underlying “right” or “immunity granted” given to white people instead of color people. In the article “White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy Mcintosh, her definition of white privilege is an invisible package of unearned assets (Mcintosh:49). Mcintosh explains how white people are carefully taught to not recognize white privilege (Mcintosh: 49). A good example of this is not being discriminated by the color of your skin, by your name, religion, and so on. White privilege is everywhere, from governmental positions to television to corporations, to wealth, class, just to name a few. A quote from the article “Explaining White privilege to a Broke White Person” by Gina Crosley-Corcoran gives a perfect definition of what white privilege is; “If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area, which I can afford and in which I would want to live” (Crosley-Corcoran 2014:2). Yet the best example for white privilege was the construction of the middle class. When the G.I bill was signed into law on June 22, 1944, it marched the beginning of what is now disappearing rapidly the “middle class”. This bill gives opportunity for a college education, homeownership and others benefits. The ones with the best opportunity to take advantages of the G.I bill were white males’ veterans the fought in WWII and the Korean War. Of course they were black veterans that also fought among whites, but most of them were…

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