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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber White Privilege/ Gender in Everyday Interactions April 11, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber White privilege White privilege: term coined by Peggy McIntosh to describe “an unearned package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious” I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind and more. I can be reasonably sure that my neighbors will be neutral or pleasant to me. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance that I am financially reliable.
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