Privilege

The following content is taken directly from my upcoming book, the title and content of which will remain undisclosed for the time being.

In order to understand the concept, we’ll have to take a critical look at Unpacking the White Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. The thing about the listed “privileges” in here is that they’re all circumstantial without fail, and can easily apply to non whites, under the right conditions. Not that said conditions are being constrained in anyway by law. The fact whites enjoy these “privileges” is nothing short of happenstance. We’ll see as we go into it, that there’s no ominous reason for it.

What’s critical to grasp about white privilege as a concept is that this document by McIntosh is revered as the “Holy Bible” of its ideological underpinnings. If one seeks to truly understand where such ideologues are “coming from”, there isn’t a more cited source of it all than this document. We’re going to go over every single item listed on it and demonstrate their clear applicability to non-whites. Red text for McIntosh, black for me.

  1. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. Well, so can non-whites if they chose to live in a country where their race makes up the majority. Nothing is stopping them from moving. They don’t even need to move out of the country. There’s areas like Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit which are made up of mostly black people. There’s insular communities full of Latinos and Asians as well. Just because whites are dense and plentiful nationally, doesn’t mean every spec of the American landscape is “gentrified”.

  2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area that I can afford and in which I would want to live. So can non-whites. Nothing is stopping them from doing research on where they intend to move, visiting the area, and actually assessing their options in depth. If you’re making the argument that they’re financially less well off than whites, well—that’s their problem. Asians are doing just fine and they’re more scarce than blacks.

  3. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. No, you can’t. You’re not a mind reader. Newsflash, violence and prejudice occur within races all the time.

  4. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. Unless you’re a shady looking white person. The thing about being a “targeted minority” is that if you give in to the oppression complex and act unruly, you’ve not only validated their profiling, you’ve increased the likelihood that they will profile in the future tenfold. Be the better person. Prove to them just how wrong and misguided they are by being one of those exceptions to the culture of which you belong to. Hopefully in time, the rest of your culture will follow suit and the problem of profiling will become, as they say—“colorblind”.

  5. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. Well, gee. You must live in a mostly white nation then. I don’t know what to tell you other than—move. Or set the default channel on your television to BET and only read newspapers incorporating African-American ideals. There is also a third option and that is to simply stop caring that you don’t see people that look like you everywhere you go, considering you don’t have to acquaint yourself with every single one of them. You can choose to talk to and interact with exclusively blacks if you wanted to. Nobody is stopping you.

  6. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. Because they did. There’s three essential groups of human beings. They are in order of emergence: the Negroids (blacks, Arabs, Latinos, etc.), the Mongoloids (Indians, Asians, Pacific Islanders, etc.), and the Caucasoids (Aryans, Europeans, Russians, etc.) They each contributed something unique to civilization.

    1. The Negroids specialized in hunting, forming tribes, building shelters, making the first weapons known to man out of sticks and stone. Modern blacks are still on average more muscularly massive than others and can endure more labor, to reflect this. They also have a tendency to dance and be facially expressive not only more often than others, but better. This is in reflection of the fact that their hunter-gatherer ancestors had little to rely on to attract partners and produce offspring other than their raw charisma, physique, and sexual ability which is vaguely hinted at through how prolific a dancer one is.

    2. The Mongoloids gave us among other things gun powder, agriculture, architecture, militarism, walls, writing. They basically took us our first step out of the stone age, if you will. Their skin is a somewhat dark yellow color. This is in reflection of the fact that their people didn’t bare the 24/7 burden of interacting with the outside world. However, there was still much need for doing so for society’s sake, so a little darkness to protect from sun-damage was still needed. Notice though that the average Asian physique does not parallel that of blacks. That too is to be expected given that their environment had gone from being at the mercy of nature, to being somewhat contained.

    3. Finally, the Caucazoids emerged when certain Mongoloid groups migrated to the Caucus mountains—where it was constantly overcast. With that and the invention of democracy with Athens, their skin had become whiter and whiter over time. Democracy was key as it not only gave everyone in the country a say for once, it was more efficient. The collective of a population knows what’s best for the country, better than any one person or group of persons can ever hope to. The reach of the collective after all, their extent—is massive. Far more voluminous than any elite that will ever exist. To argue against democracy is to ask to be oppressed. Logically, it follows that if democracy is what stopped society from being oppressive, then whites are in all honesty the best thing to happen to humanity, race-wise yet. You’ll see when we get into Chapter 6 though (White Identity) that white pride doesn’t contradict this, for a nation can exhibit both racial pride and democracy easily. We’ll also see in that same chapter how such pride doesn’t inherently mean to condone the extermination of non-whites.

  7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race. I’m not gonna lie. I don’t understand this one. Are non-whites being given lectures at school saying they don’t exist? Bad joke, I know. What she’s really saying is that schools will “testify” as to why the emergence of white people was crucial to civilization, which as we just covered is rightfully so. I have a striking doubt that American schools have ever taught blacks that they’re inherently inferior and “don’t belong here”, since the abolition of Jim-Crow laws though. Call me a nay sayer.

  8. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege. That’s because we live in a free society. Black supremacists can and have written books too, ya know. Self-publishing makes it even easier nowadays.

  9. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods that fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can deal with my hair. First off, you don’t have to eat the food you eat. You can alter your diet, ya know. (not only that, but at some point in your life, you will no doubt have to.) Or go out of your way to get the food you want, or move closer to it. Cutting one’s hair can be self-taught, or you can again go out of your way or move closer to a certain barber, or move to a country with people that look like you. You can also just not cut your hair. Your options are virtually unlimited, as a white or non-white. Also whites face issues with barbers all the time. Music especially is not an aspect of American culture I buy as being dismissive of other cultures, especially blacks. Tell me you don’t hear “Trap Queen” everywhere you go.

  10. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability. If you’re talking about banks and financial agencies of the such preferentially treating whites better than non-whites, that is ass-out illegal and simply does not happen. If you’re talking about how random people you don’t interact with or care about perceive you, who cares?! If it’s somebody close to you, why are you close to them?

  11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them. Okay, now I really am confused. Anyone can arrange to have anyone “protected”. Private bodyguards don’t discriminate. Nobody that offers goods, services, or employment does; it is against the law, and what do they need “protection” from? The straight, white, male gestapo? Where is it?! This is absurdly vague, delinquently written propaganda.

  12. I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race. Right, now if only whites could express skepticism or disbelief in systemic racism without having people attribute these beliefs to the “privileges” and “power” of their race. Not that either of these hypothetical people are “oppressed”. The solution to this problem is pretty obvious. Stop caring. Why would you care about someone you’re convinced is racist, anyway?!

  13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial. My ass. If you were to tell a white person that believes in white privilege, that systemic racism doesn’t exist, your race very well could get “put on trial”. After all, what do you know about systemic racism? The system was designed for you, bra. Again, not that this reality is something I find problematic because much like many of the things on this incredibly whiny list, it’s not only circumstantial, but a non-issue. It has zero consequence to the strong-minded.

  14. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race. As we’ll discuss in Chapter 6 (White Identity), being “lumped” in with one’s race is nothing to be ashamed of. Nor is it something you’re obligated to take ownership of, if you don’t wish—obviously.

  15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group. Well, maybe not you. I’m sure some whites have though. I’m sure it’s not something you’d have to be at a “Nazi, alt-right, right-wing circle jerk” for it to happen either. Also, sorry I keep asking this. Rarely does repetition make for a good argument, but honestly. Who the hell cares?! If you don’t know the answer, or you don’t want to be put in that position, you’re not obligated to speak. You can plead the fifth, promise!

  16. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color, who constitute the world’s majority, without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion. Not if you move to a non-English speaking white country, you don’t. If you’re not going to learn the main language of the land, you should not live there. That is common sense.

  17. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider. As could blacks in Africa, Latinos in Mexico—what’s your point?

  18. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge” I will be facing a person of my race. If you went to Costa-Rica, Nigeria, Indonesia, India, or anywhere else where whites aren’t the majority, you might be amazed to find—the opposite!

  19. If a traffic cop pulls me over, or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race. Well, thankfully non-whites don’t have to worry about that if they follow the law, because contrary to popular belief—that’s illegal. Do cops “keep an eye” on unsuspecting people of color? I suppose so. But until you give them a reason to pull you over, they’re about as benign as the aforementioned hypothetical faculty following blacks around in stores.

  20. I can easily buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race. So can non-whites. It is literally not impossible or challenging at all for them to do this. Whites do not own the “monopoly” on any of these things.

  21. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in rather than isolated, out of place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared. You can’t feel isolated if you’re included in the meeting. If you feel out of place, that’s on you to fix. You don’t have to feel outnumbered, because being the only or one of few minorities in a meeting gives you leverage. You have insight into the perspective of those in your culture, unlike the majority. You can’t be unheard if you’re assertive and speak up. You can’t be “held at a distance” if again, you’ve been included in the meeting, and any board of directors that would entertain the company of someone they were afraid of—shit, I’m afraid of them. Also, if you wanna have such meetings as a minority without having to deal with the vague possibility of these non-problems, you can always move.

  22. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having coworkers on the job suspect that I got it because of race. Well, no shit. Of course any corporation with a Chief “Diversity” Officer (hint: basically every single one in the US, Canada, Sweden, and any of the other “progressive” countries), is going to create skepticism among not just whites but everyone, that any minorities they work with were the most qualified of the applicants available for their position. Did you Leftists not expect this when rolling out this genius new idea? Did you really think “reverse racism” would do anything other than create more problems for you? You honestly thought racism had finally become acceptable because you found the right people to do it to? Well, no hon. Turns out racist socialism, get this—doesn’t work.

  23. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen. McIntosh clearly doesn’t grasp the hell hole companies and people will get themselves into if they discriminate against minorities. She honestly believes we’re in a Jim-Crow esque state. That if a non-white in America anywhere walks into a store, it’s a mere flip of the coin as to whether or not everyone will start shouting nigger. Ridiculous.

  24. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my race will not work against me. That has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your legal and medical service and whether or not you get it. It is dependent solely on your fiscal responsibility and ability to make basic, sensible, productive life-choices like eating healthy, engaging in as few risky behaviors as possible, buying privatized healthcare (ya know, the real kind). Basically, just be a grown up and you’ll be fine. Non-whites are capable of it. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

  25. If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones. Neither do non-whites. This is an issue for weak-minded snowflakes with victim complexes to solve, as they see fit, without me. I do not wish to be involved.

  26. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color that more or less match my skin. Way to save the best for last, Peggy. Really blew me away. I only have to do one thing to refute this one and that is to put an “s” on the end of color.

I’m not going to bother responding to the rest of McIntosh’s document, even though it comprises most of it. I’m a simple man that likes to cut the bullshit, get down to brass tax, and analyze the substance of things. These are the “privileges” and that about raps it up. So tell me, assuming of course you’re white (cause why wouldn’t I? Unconscious bias, ya know), do you really feel all that privileged? Nope. It’s a diversion. They know you’re not privileged, but they need you to think so, as you may have already figured out in my chapter on Marxism.

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