White Privilege : Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack Essay

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The article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” was written to inform the reader about white privilege and male privilege. It states that men necessarily do not realize that they hold an advantage over women just as though whites do not always realize they are more privileged than blacks. The author Peggy McIntosh thoroughly describes that just by being born with white skin, you automatically are at an advantage over someone who was not born white. She also explains that men do in fact recognize women’s status in the world and will do certain things to improve it. However, they are unwilling to do anything to lessen their own privilege. The article provides a list in which all statements are conditions in which whites hold a higher privilege on. For example, whites can move pretty much anywhere and their neighbors will have no problem with it. However, if a black were to move into a neighborhood, it would be a chance that their neighbors would be unhappy due to the fact that they are black. McIntosh refers to white privilege as an “invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious.” This means that by having white skin color you are automatically at an advantage over other skin colors. She also points out that whites are taught to think of their lives as neutral and average, not as privileged. Most people see racism as an act of discrimination and not as a particular race being at an…

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