White Privilege

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, is an article by Peggy McIntosh on the invisible privileges of being white.

I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.

  • I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
  • I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
  • I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.