Privilege in Action [Series] Accept Your Privilege Once you have a basic grasp on the system of privilege, the next step is one simple self-realization: Chances are, your reading that has made you feel defensive. What you need to realize is that we all have privilege to some degree: Learn to Listen Rather Than Speak This one is a lot harder than it sounds, and I say this as someone who loves speaking and voicing her opinion on things.
The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung.
But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive.
Even that is too extreme.
So to find out what they are saying, I decided to take their advice. I have unearthed some examples of the privilege with which my family was blessed, and now I think I better understand those who assure me that skin color allowed my family and I to flourish today.
Perhaps it was the privilege my great-grandmother and those five great-aunts and uncles I never knew had of being shot into an open grave outside their hometown. Perhaps my privilege is that those two resilient individuals came to America with no money and no English, obtained citizenship, learned the language and met each other; that my grandfather started a humble wicker basket business with nothing but long hours, an idea, and an iron will—to paraphrase the man I never met: Some business troubles are going to ruin me?
Perhaps it was my privilege that my own father worked hard enough in City College to earn a spot at a top graduate school, got a good job, and for 25 years got up well before the crack of dawn, sacrificing precious time he wanted to spend with those he valued most—his wife and kids—to earn that living.
I can say with certainty there was no legacy involved in any of his accomplishments. That our success has been gift-wrapped? The truth is, though, that I have been exceptionally privileged in my life, albeit not in the way any detractors would have it.
It has been my distinct privilege that my grandparents came to America. First, that there was a place at all that would take them from the ruins of Europe.
And second, that such a place was one where they could legally enter, learn the language, and acclimate to a society that ultimately allowed them to flourish.
It was their privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character. It was my privilege that my grandfather was blessed with resolve and an entrepreneurial spirit, and that he was lucky enough to come to the place where he could realize the dream of giving his children a better life than he had.
Those who came before us suffered for the sake of giving us a better life. My exploration did yield some results.
I am privileged that values like faith and education were passed along to me. But that is a legacy I am proud of.
I have checked my privilege. And I apologize for nothing. He plans to major in either History or Politics. He can be reached at talf princeton.White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible.
Knapsack. By Peggy McIntosh. Through work to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often. Peggy McIntosh ( ) describes White privilege as ‘an invisible package of unearned assets’.
A discussion on the relative advantages and disadvantages of this analogy in advancing our. Peggy McIntosh () in her article entitled “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondence Through Work in Women’s Studies” gives an account of the unearned privileges of the whites and the males in the United States.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack By Peggy McIntosh This article is now considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators. It has been used in workshops and These denials protect male privilege from being fully acknowledged, lessened or ended.
There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on .
White privilege (or white skin privilege) is the societal privilege that benefits people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Academic perspectives such as critical race theory and whiteness studies use the concept to analyze how racism and racialized societies.