White Privilege

What better way to incite envy and anger among non-Whites than tell them White people have an unfair advantage over others? An advantage we did not earn and do not deserve. While there are many explanations of what ‘White privilege’ is, this is the underlying message.

The term ‘White privilege was popularised in the 1980’s by Peggy McIntosh. She used the metaphor of an “invisible backpack” that White people unconsciously wear; “I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.”

Being White in a White Country Peggy McIntosh’s description of ‘White privilege’ is little more than being White in a White country. As a White person in the 1980’s you could expect to see your own race, history and culture featured in most places, and rightly so. Yet while Black people could expect to be surrounded by Black people and Black culture in Africa; and likewise for Asians in Asia; somehow for Whites in a White countries this was a bad thing.

The extract below, from the National SEED project, an organisation created by Peggy McIntosh, gives examples of what constitutes ‘White privilege’. Sixteen of the 26 examples are simply being White in a White country.

The full article can be read here:

But with mass migration Peggy McIntosh’s definition has become problematic even for the Critical Race Theory activists . Whites can no longer expect to move to a place where Whites are the majority; see their own race reflected on TV screens; or expect their history and culture to be celebrated.

The concept has however remained, with a myriad of articles explaining its meaning, all around the central theme; Whites have an advantage in Western societies that they don’t deserve.

Despite no racial link being proven, the death of George Floyd, has given new impetus to the Whites privileged; Blacks oppressed narrative.

There has been considerable challenge to the concept which has lead to the creation of the concept of ‘White fragility’ and by some, a revision to the definition of ‘White privilege’. According to Dr Nicola Rollock ‘White privilege’ is simply ‘the absence of having to live with the consequences of racism‘.

Dr Nicola Rollock speaking on the Channel 4 Documentary The School That Tried to End Racism

How convenient given the same ‘woke’ activists tell you that, by its very definition, it’s impossible for White people to experience racism.

Sometimes the narrative ‘Whites cannot experience racism’ is overt.

Other times the ‘woke’ activists don’t explicitly say you can’t be racist to White people, they simply exclude Whites from the equation. As with The University of Edinburgh “We will do this [confront racism] by listening and learning from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic staff and students in the University Community.”

It would be possibly to spend a life time challenge the minutiae of the concept of ‘White privilege’ but in the end just three things matter.

1] ‘White privilege’ is designed to instill guilt in Whites and incite hatred of Whites by non-Whites.

2] Whites do not have privilege as demonstrated throughout this site. In many ways they have less rights and autonomy than non-Whites in many Western countries including the UK.

3] Within the West, Whites should have privilege, in terms of being the majority and seeing their people, culture, values and heritage around them. Just as Blacks should have this privilege in Africa and Asians in Asia.

See also

Institutional racism ~ Microaggression ~ Race blind ~ Racism ~ Systemic racism ~ Unconscious bias ~ White fragility ~ White privilege

Article published 14 September 2020