Du Bois introduced the concept of a "psychological wage" for white laborers.
I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water?
At twelve years old, were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public Male privilage Have you ever lived in a camper year round and used a random relative's apartment as your mailing address? Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names?
Welcome to my childhood. So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't Male privilage shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. Then, like any good, educated feminist would, she directed me to Peggy McIntosh's now-famous piece, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It's not your fault you were born with white skin and experience these privileges.
BUT, whether you realize it or not, you DO benefit from it, and it IS your fault if you don't maintain awareness of that fact. I do understand McIntosh's essay may rub some people the wrong way. There are several points on the list that I felt spoke more to the author's status as a Middle Class person than a White Person.
That is why I had such a hard time identifying with this essay for so long. When I first wrote about White Privilege years ago, I demanded to know why this White Woman felt that my experiences were the same as hers when no, my family most certainly could not rent housing "in an area which we could afford and want to live.
The idea that any ol' white person can find a publisher for a piece is most certainly a symptom of class privilege. Having come from a family of people who didn't even graduate high school, who knew not a single academic or intellectual person, it would never occur to me to assume that I could be published.
It is an absolute freak anomaly that I'm in graduate school considering not one person on either side of my family has a college degree.
And it took me until my thirties to ever believe that someone from my stock could achieve such a thing. Poverty colors nearly everything about your perspective on opportunities for advancement in life.
Middle class, educated people assume that anyone can achieve their goals if they work hard enough. Folks steeped in poverty rarely see a life past working at the gas station, making the rent on their trailer, and self-medicating with cigarettes and prescription drugs until they die of a heart attack.
I've just described one whole side of my family and the life I assumed I'd be living before I lucked out of it. I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "Privilege" is thrown around.The male officer was also suspended.
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Straight from the mouth of a guy who gets it. People still try to deny the existence of male privilege, but these examples show that it's very real – and quite influential.
Pretty Privilege: Interviewing women about the good, the bad, I'm a woman, so I always got the gist of male privilege. The game is rigged, the guys get all sorts of privileges and, to add insult to injury, most of them aren't even aware of their advantages.
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"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" and "Some Notes for Facilitators".