My first official blog on a reading for class is the reflection response. When I finished the readings for this week, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh really stood out to me. I agreed with a lot of the points the author made and actually started to think about the “white privilege”. As I read further I started to think and compare, as McIntosh did, all of the things that could be thought of as “skin color privileges”. Point six on the list stating, “ When I am told about out national heritage or civilization, I am shown that people of my color made it what it is”(2). This point made me think how all this time of learning about our nations history, the white civilization has been told as this somewhat glorified group starting this country and establishing the land of the free. There were never any lessons learned about any of the shameful things done, or wrong, if anything they were briefly mentioned and the lesson moved on. Another point I found interesting was number 26, “ I can choose blemish cover or bandages in flesh color that more or less matches my skin”(3) I had no comment for this but was stunned that this truly is the “ norm” when looking for makeup cover-up. Flesh color or beige, is the basic cover-up and foundation.
In class we discussed how we look through a pane of glass and when “tapped” and a tiny “crack” forms, we begin to see what is right in front of us. McIntosh reminded me of that discussion when she stated, “ Many, perhaps most, of our white students in the United States think that racism doesn't affect them because they are not people of color; they do not see “whiteness” as a racial identity"(5). Many people, not just students, take the “privilege” as she described, and somehow look beyond what is actually happening in front of them. McIntosh’s whole article explaining the white privilege is actually a very valid argument to make. Many people including myself sometimes over look that and after reading this article I couldn't agree more at how this has become a “norm” in society.
It makes me wonder what people define as privilege and what is power?
After reading all the points McIntosh made and her explanation of privilege, what can we define in society that people use as privilege, but use as a form of power. Whether it is job opportunity, speaking in a group or where someone spends money, why do these daily norms have more of a privilege for one group of people over another? These are some things we can discuss in class!
I was also reading online some different articles on racial profiling and came across this! It's from the Huffington post, makes you think about race and privilege. I was shocked.