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White privilege is like an invisible weightless

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Unformatted text preview: ollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage. . . . I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks. . . . . 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 which will allow ‘them’ to be more like ‘us.’ It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage . . . is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all.” Peggy MacIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peace and Freedom (July–August 1989): 10–12. 18 P ERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND INDIVIDUALISM: The belief that people control their fates regardless of social position, and that individual behaviors and...
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