Checked Privilege 4

The fourth 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 be reasonably sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.

— Peggy McIntosh
White Privilege and Male Privilege (1988)

Not only is the particular claim of Ms. McIntosh baseless, it’s in direct contradictory conflict with her second claim of White Privilege.

Simply put, no matter what race a person is, their neighbors may or may not be neutral or pleasant towards them and this may or may not be primarily due to racial differences, distrust, and animosity. Yet, even in cases where one is living amidst people of another race and culture, the vast majority will be “neutral” to you insofar as their interactions with you.

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