Essay about White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack

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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack

Peggy McIntosh’s piece “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” describes the privileges white people gets without realizing their advantage over others. Peggy talks about racism being a part of everyday life even though we ignore it. Her main idea was to inform the readers that whites are taught to ignore the fact that they enjoy social privileges that people of color do not because we live in a society of white dominance. Her examples include privileges relating to education, careers, entertainment, child care, confrontations, physical appearance, and public life. One of the examples that really made me think was the “flesh colored” Band-Aid example. Band-Aids are
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Race is a social construction that has real consequences and effects. It categorizes people based on physical characteristics and shapes the way we see ourselves and others. .Some of the statements McIntosh brought my attention to and made me think about the way that society treats others in comparison to the way white people are treated. Even though society has come a long ways, it still has a longer way to go. There are so many things minorities will never have the opportunity to experience or understand because they aren’t white. It doesn’t matter what we do, how hard we work, how much money we have, who’s ass we kiss, we’ll never experience white privileges. White people are not stereotyped like other races are. They are also not looked down upon like other races. The list of Daily effects of White privilege that McIntosh describe are perfect examples. Here are a few of her points:
5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
These are just a few. Despite the fact that this essay was written in 1988, so a lot of things due to changes in society but not much. No matter how one may try to analyze a situation, white people are privileged bottom line. Some or even more privileged than others by way of money or reputation and other are

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