Checked Privilege 5

The fifth 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 go shopping alone most of the time, fairly well assured that I will not be followed or harassed by store detectives.

— Peggy McIntosh
White Privilege and Male Privilege (1988)

While it’s fairly certain that this is a privilege that Whites enjoyed at one time while non-Whites didn’t, such a disparity is a thing of past decades. Barring reasonable precautions taken by store security based upon the dress and general appearance and demeanor of the shopper, this sort of thing happens so rarely now that even the accusation of it is newsworthy.

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