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Monica Stierman 10/02/2010 BBE 5000 Defining White Privilege in a Woman’s Eyes In my lifetime, I have been told that I should be lucky to be “white”. Reading the articles for this class, I am not sure if I would call myself lucky. If you go around the United States, you see much different discrimination today with race and gender. Sometimes I have people ask me, what nationality are you? They ask me that become in some people’s eyes; I don’t look like your average “white” woman. I have a very long ancestral blood line. On my father’s side, I am a descendant of Polish, Hungarian, and Italian descent. On my mother’s side though, is more unique. My great- grandfather was full blooded Irish and my great-grandmother was American Indian (but half- Cherokee and half-Shawnee). But I do not go around and tell people I am a Polish, Hungarian, Italian, and Irish-American or an American Indian. I do not do this because no one asks me: they just assume me as an American “white” woman. In the articles we have read, there are many definitions out there to define “white
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