Checked Privilege 1

The first of 46 point-by-point analyses of the “founder” of the concept of White Privilege, Peggy McIntosh’s claims of Whites having specific and special advantages solely because they’re White.

I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

— Peggy McIntosh
White Privilege and Male Privilege (1988)

To begin with, this is hardly a “privilege” that is limited to Whites. Many of the members of each and all the races within America’s can, and often do, arrange to be in the company of people of their own race most of time.

Secondly, there’s a lot of question about this being a privilege as defined, as Ms. McIntosh defines it – “an invisible package of unearned assets” – in that there’s little benefit to be inherently derived from being surrounded solely by members of your race.

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