White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack

786 WordsMay 7, 20144 Pages
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack Peggy McIntosh’s piece “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” describes the privileges white people gets without realizing their advantage over others. Peggy talks about racism being a part of everyday life even though we ignore it. Her main idea was to inform the readers that whites are taught to ignore the fact that they enjoy social privileges that people of color do not because we live in a society of white dominance. Her examples include privileges relating to education, careers, entertainment, child care, confrontations, physical appearance, and public life. One of the examples that really made me think was the “flesh colored” Band-Aid example. Band-Aids are…show more content…
Everyday someone experience racism in some type of way regardless of their skin color. All of the privileges Peggy mentioned still exist today it’s just not as bold now like it used to be back in the day. Stereotypes are also something that has not disappeared. Before someone actually gets to know you, judgments have already been made based on physical appearances. Both blacks and whites use stereotypes against each other. The list Peggy provided in her article are all the major things some people have to encounter with it comes down to race. I think that she hit the nail on the head and expressed more, the fact that this powerful piece was coming from a white person made me feel that there’s still hope. Progression is key and this is one step closer to world
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