White Privilege : The Invisible Knapsack

825 Words Oct 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Racism seems to be a common topic this century, almost letting us know, it’s not going away. Powerful voices have stepped up and spoke out, trying to change something, anything. This includes the writers Peggy McIntosh, who wrote “White Privilege: The
Invisible Knapsack” and Beverly Daniel Tatum, who wrote “Why Are All the Black Kids
Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” These essays had more in common than having authors, who are great influential woman. They both had a point to prove about racial identity, they both related the male gender, as having it easier. With one author not doing so directly and it running so smoothly, it supported her argument. The other author seemed to push it too forcefully, that it actually took away from her argument.

McIntosh an American feminist and anti-racism activist tried to reach the masses with an essay on white privilege. Her focus was supposed to be around the advantages people get being white. But she spoke very directly on how men privilege was just as bad.
Clearly stated when she said “…I have often noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over privileged, even though they may grant that woman are disadvantage.” (Pg.
533-1) This being one of the first things she said it carried me through the rest of the essay with one thought in mind. Perhaps her real fight is with men. Perhaps this is what she is getting at. And it wasn’t too far from the truth.

As I prepared to get to know McIntosh and her…
Open Document