White Privilege : Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack Essay

786 Words Dec 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Peggy McIntosh wrote an essay titled White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack in 1990, in this essay she discusses 50 privileges white people had during the time period. Peggy also discusses a little of her upbringing and how she was taught to ignore these privileges, she also mentions that maybe privileges isn’t exactly what these are. One thing that specifically stood out to me was her statement “whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal so that when we work to benefit others, this is seen as work that will allow “them” to be more like “us”. This particularly resonated with me because when I hear about African Americans discussing the things that aren’t fair between white people and black people, “I always think well what do you want me to do, so you can be like me?” I really don’t mean this in a self-centered way, but we are definitely taught that white people are normal and that’s what everyone envies. When in reality, they want the same benefits while still maintaining their individuality.
Peggy McIntosh says, “ I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.” This is completely irrelevant in a legal aspect, due to the equal opportunity employment laws. However, there are still many race issues in the work place. Your skin color has no part in determining how well you preform in the work place.…

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