FYS McIntosh Reflection

FYS McIntosh Reflection - McIntosh 1 McIntosh Reading Tara...

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McIntosh 1 McIntosh Reading Tara E. Larkin Penn State University February 13, 2007
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McIntosh 2 McIntosh “White privilege is like an invisible, weightless knapsack of special provisions, assurances, tools, maps, guides, codebooks, passports, visas, clothes, compass, emergency gear, and blank checks” (McIntosh 1). Peggy McIntosh addresses a lot of different issues dealing with male and white privilege, but this particular quote impacted my feelings toward white privilege. Her essay was so intriguing because it opened my eyes to things that happen in my everyday life that I do not regard as privilege, but really are privileges. McIntosh also talks about how we are subconsciously taught to ignore our privileges, as whites and I could not agree with her more. I would never consider some of the opportunities I had as a child privilege because of my race. The list McIntosh composed was particularly thought invoking because it gave me concrete, specific examples of the privileges we have. I found number 33 and 39 to be
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