White Privilege

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This essay talks about a tricky topic, and I feel like a lot of people can relate

Submitted: December 07, 2018

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White Privilege

White Privilege, it’s a term we hear a lot in our society. It’s a term that’s supposed to make you feel bad. It’s a term that is nonchalantly tossed in our news, social media, and even our schools. It’s an insult and a stereotypical term if you really think about it. I’ve fell victim to believing that I should feel bad for almost everything I have. My home, clothes, devices, opportunities, food, health, etc. In reality not all white people are privileged and if they are then they shouldn’t feel ashamed and oppressed for what they have. Nobody chooses their own class, but anyone can change it.

I grew up in Oklahoma and it ranks among one of the worst states in the country. One of the worst in education, healthcare, and opportunity.  Combine all that with what my household was like growing up. No dad to care for the family, just a single mom and her two kids. Moving from apartment to apartment, renting from home to home, going from school to school. I was living off of food stamps, getting babysitted by drug dealers, not having electricity for a month, and taking care of my little brother until my mother got home, it was a struggle. Where’s the “White privilege” in that? My childhood was anything but privileged and wasn’t until recently that things started to turn around. I saw the result of determination and hard-work first hand from my mother.  From renting an apartment to owning a house, I've seen both sides.

White privilege is the idea that people with white skin have advantages in society that other people do not have. It is a “privileged position” in which white people have a certain right or immunity attached to them. That white people have an excuse or special freedom for certain things that would be considered wrong for non-whites to do. The thought that white privilege doesn’t exist at all is “implausible” to today's society.  The term was unfrequented until the social media era when it burst onto the world-wide scene. With activist groups, music artists, and celebrities using the term at all angles.

Yes, there’s privilege but why bring race into it. Where’s the black privilege? Where’s the asian privilege? Where’s the hispanic privilege? It’s non-existent because we’ve created this idea that privilege is based off the color of your skin. This ideology of white privilege is absurd, and is often at times racist. No? You don’t agree? Let me remind you of what racism is. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess abilities specific to that race. If we want to truly end racism, then why coin the term “white privilege”. This persona that our society has created is not part of the solution to ending racism, it’s only encouraging it.

 


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