The resistance, then, to the idea of “white privilege” comes from a number of sources in white culture. It sounds like an accusation of racism, and perhaps then we should be clear that being privileged is not the same as hatred or contempt for the unprivileged. White people’s privileges tend to follow the Categorical Imperative; we take these privileges because we believe the world would be better if everyone had and used these privileges. That’s not the same thing as prejudice.
Damn, this thing just won’t die, for me. Keeps coming back. Another posting here.
I liked the description but it lead me to the thought of another possible comparison that may clear it up for us White folk that tend to shiver at the term and its (somewhat imaginary) connotations. Imagine White Privilege in North America being the same as North American Privilege compared to the rest of the world. Even with the poverty and poor economy, by being in North America we are basically privileged when compared to the world at large. We take for granted things that we were basically born into (or given the opportunity of).
Granted this take is really just emerged from some statistics that I recall seeing some time back and…thus this idea of mine
White Privilege in USA = North American Privilege in the world view. Maybe? I don’t know.
Does this make sense? I’m not trying to start anything here but I would appreciate the input from the more knowledgeable people out there. To me this seems like a reasonable analogy and it puts the concept of privilege into a context that allows for understanding of the concept without overtly bringing up race.
Perhaps by hitting that larger, more universal concept first we can gain an understanding of it on a more regional scale.
I hope I am on the right track here. I really don’t feel like getting anymore of the anger my way.