It’s a privilege to be white?
Are you fascinated by those who say there is some special magic that happens in America because you are white? Do you not understand the premise of white privilege? In this commentary piece I am going to break down the validity of White privilege as claimed in 1988 by the ‘White Male Hater’ Peggy Mcintosh. Below are the main points of her propaganda. The one her followers have used to justify dismantling American History and Culture the last 20 plus years. We will examine her points one by one. But first, I want you to know,
It’s ok to be white
When I chose the name @oktobwhite for my twitter account. It was light heart-ed attempt at commenting on a hot topic. The word racist was being thrown around a lot more than usual. I wanted to make a statement that it is simply OK to be white. Knowing I might get a little blow back, I kept it. I just felt It said a lot without me having to argue in detail about it. I had no idea how may times I would be called a racist for such an innocent name. I hate racism, I fight it in real time. Falsely accusing someone of racism is just as bad as being a racist in my opinion.
With my twitter handle I wanted to make a statement that it is simply ok to be white. However, it is becoming clear, to many, it is not OK, for me to be white…
I will first deal with the foundation of the argument for white privilege. The source of the lie. In future writings we will explore the expansion of this false premise.
So here we go:
WHITE PRIVILEGE- THE GREAT WHITE-GUILT CON
Since the article by “Peggy Mcintosh” White Privilege:Unpacking the knapsack, published in 1988″ the ideology of this article has spawned an entire movement. She seems to have set out on a warpath against males and white males are her first victim. What she started has infested academia, Media, News, and our foundational social constructs. It has led to a belief that whites deserve “payback” and the idea of equality for all is dwindling. Oddly, this idea is being pushed by rich, entitled white people who are the minority of our race and are corrupting years of work on race relations to appease their own ignorance, self loathing, and personal racist tendencies. All this because of self guilt you ask?
Yes, indeed it is.
We are reaching the climax of what happens when dangerous and racist lies based on self guilt are allowed to be taught in our schools and reinforced in MSM and TV/movies etc. The words in red are from Peggy McIntosh’s article. My commentary will be blue. Lets see the foundational wisdom of this movement for ourselves.
She begins her essay with the following:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness,
not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group”
DAILY EFFECTS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE
I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.
Her first statement here shows a lack of exposure. If her small group of minority friends (if she had any real minority friends at all) were honest they would have told her she was full of it. No group in America has dominance over anyone. This premise has led to the lie that only whites can be racist because we have the power to discriminate. I challenge this premise.
I live in a neighborhood where the majority of businesses are run by minorities. Funny thing, black owned businesses have all black employees, Hispanic owned businesses have all Hispanic workers, Asian businesses same thing. However, white owned businesses have workers of all races and ethnicity. Should I complain? This is clearly racism, how can it not be? These employers have power, and abuse it by only hiring non whites, clearly discrimination. But nobody cares, unless you are white and only employ white people, then we have an issue.
This idea that only white people can be racist is a joke. But a dangerous joke that needs to be exposed for the lie it is sooner rather than later.
Here are her conditions that she claims proves the existence of white privilege.
1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of
my race most of the time.
In 1988 you could find enough people to comprise a peer group. Positive of that.
This displays the writers inability to understand the areas outside of her own sheltered existence. Very disingenuous and not even a valid point to be made in 1988.
2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was
trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my
kind or me.
Who was she “trained” to mistrust? Already I don’t trust her logic. It appears she was taught to not trust minorities? Never seen that before. So an entitled racist is who is the founder of the white privilege movement? This is very interesting so far. Let’s see what’s next.
3. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting
or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in
which I would want to live.
All my homies that grew up in the inner cities, as soon as they “came up” as they say, moved to the suburbs. All of my minority friends have careers, make good money and own businesses. Where as I stayed in the inner city so my kids would be exposed to various lifestyles, races, and ethnicity.
Housing in 1988 and even now, is about credit rating.You can live anywhere you want in America. Next…
4. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a
location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
If you mow your lawn, keep your house up, aren’t gang bangin fools, or have some crazy mama drama at all times of the night; You’re welcome and all your neighbors will love you whatever your race. America is awesome like that. This lady was tripping, in 1988 this was not an issue. I need to research where she was living.
5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well
assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
Umm, this isn’t an issue. In 1988 there was isolated situations where this issue could be brought up. But as a youth I was a long-haired musician and was also followed in stores. It’s called profiling. Not a fan but that’s reality. Things have changed. Still not a race only issue. But not complete bs.
6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of
the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
Can pretty much be assured any race can. Also, in 1988 pop culture was exploding. We were immersed in real, not forced, multiculturalism. Race, religion, lifestyles etc were honored and explored. What world was she living in?
7. When I am told about our national heritage or about
“civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it
what it is.
There was a halfway decent representation of accurate history in 1988. There were also many whites and minorities who had roles in history and their stories should also be told. But the history of the white man must stop being placed in a negative light. Not sure where she was educated but doesn’t sound like she had a well-rounded educational up bringing. Not a normal mindset for most Americans in 1988.
8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular
materials that testify to the existence of their race.
In 1988, curriculum materials in America testified to the existence of all races. 100% fact.
This is an absurd point.
9. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher
for this piece on white privilege.
Because she knew it was a hit piece and already had a publisher through connections. Please. All people have a hard time getting published. Another non point.
There was an open-mindedness and we were soberly looking at all the aspects of history in 1988. World and U.S. There was also a movement that was seeking to undermine white male dominance. The environment lent itself to this piece being picked up more for it’s anti-white message penned by a white person as opposed for her being a talented and credible author.
10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a
group in which I am the only member of my race.
Weak character leads to weakness in relations. Race has nothing to do with listening or speaking. Bold individuals in America make their voice heard.
11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to
another person’s voice in a group in which s/he is the only
member of his/her race.
Racist. I don’t know what else to call this statement. Only a racist would think like this.
12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a
hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
As a child I went to the local store to get shampoo. I asked the man behind the counter “Why do you only have Head & Shoulders?” he chuckled deeply and responded. “Boy, how many white folks live in this neighborhood?” I thought about it and said “Just us sir.”
He said “that’s right”, “Now why would I carry all kinds of products that I won’t sell?” It’s called supply and demand, you understand?” the store owner winked. I said “well could you carry something better?” and added “Not all white people have dandruff” I laughed and he did too. After that we got better shampoo stocked, and me, a lesson in economics 101 for free.
13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can
count on my skin color not to work against the appearance
of financial reliability.
Credit is about a score, not skin color. Financial reliability is factual and not concerned with appearance. Another useless point.
14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time
from people who might not like them.
This is bizarre. What minority can’t do this? What white person thinks like this?
15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of
systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
If you are white in 2017 you should seriously consider teaching your kids about white guilt. It is dangerous. You should counter the negative with the positive. Balance is good. In 1988 there were systems in education that needed to be dealt with. Just a fact.
All kids should learn how the education system does and doesn’t work. Especially if you are poor or have special needs (504’s IEP’s etc.). The system is not perfect. Thank God for school choice.
16. I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers
and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and
workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not
concern others’ attitudes toward their race.
This is insane. Racism was not a huge deal in 1988. Anyone can experience this, then and now. Anyone who has individual incidents should handle them accordingly. Employment discrimination wasn’t an issue. What world did she live in? Absurd and irrelevant points.
17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put
this down to my color.
Ummmm. Get real… Close your damn mouth. I don’t care what color you are. Close your damn mouth. WTH!? Manners matter people!
18. I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.
In 1988 she had what we call “rich people” problems. Spending way too much time on what other people think. This, is #FakeLife!
19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
Again. 1988, easy to find many minority citizens who could do this. Sounds more like she has issues with men. And needs to grow a spine instead of blaming everyone else for her insecurities.
20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
Wow. Not an issue in 1988 or now. I imagine she made this up. That said, I would love it if someone said I was a credit to my race. I’d be proud to represent, I think I’m deserving.
21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group
I am often the only white guy in the room. Been there done that. Human nature. Not a white privilege thing. Get over yourself, this essay you wrote spoke volumes of lies for all white people. You weren’t asked, you chose to step up for your racial group. Now sit down and shut up please, we have to fix your mess Peggy!
22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
Each individual in America can be as cultured or uncultured as they want to be. If you choose to be oblivious there should be no penalty outside of the opportunity of enlightenment through education missed. Does she mean Asian cultures? They are the ones that outnumber everyone. Just curious…
23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as
a cultural outsider.
Nothing to do with race, definitely not white privilege. Quite a reach
24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.
70% of America is white today in 2017. In 1988 with the demographics of the country as they were then it seems likely a white person might be in management. Nothing to do with privilege, it’s simply math.
25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
No but you can if you are a white christian conservative male you will be.
More whites are killed by cops, more audits done without cause to whites. Try again, in 1988 this wasn’t a racial thing. It was an economic thing. Not an issue, no matter how many times the #fakenews lies and says it is.
26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
Supply and demand. Study it. Today in 2017 this can’t even be argued. Although having way less of a demographic share by population, minorities receive an overly disproportionate representation in these areas. Should I be upset at this bias and unnatural focus on multiculturalism? Nah, I’ll just live my life and not cry about my circumstances.
27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.
Again, what? Stop it, this has nothing to do with being white.
28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.
Wow. How racist can you get. Can you feel the entitlement. Who thinks like this? A racist, that’s who. Again, not an issue in 1988 and not now.
29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion
of a person of another race, or a program centering on
race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present
setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.
Why, in 1988, would this be an issue? Where was this an issue? Examples? Specifics? Another idiotic point with no relevance or clarity.
30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.
Untrue. This is fantasy and as I stated in the previous section, examples? way too generalized and just not having a thing to do with being white.
31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.
Meaning what? How does this apply to a normal person’s life? Yes, as I said in another section, educate yourself or be ignorant. All races are free to do this without penalty. Rightfully so. This woman’s mind is warped.
32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.
I was raised to understand the world, the various races and sub sects within those races. To understand culture and what aspects we adopted in America and the ones we tossed aside. Apparently this woman from New York was raised to be ignorant of others and felt she was more powerful than other races. Not a good representative for White people at all.
33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
Really? Just stop
34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking
No she can’t. Her worry is driven from her own guilt at being an entitled rich white person who seeks to blame her and her family’s racism on a “system” rather than take individual responsibility for her own sin. This is some ridiculous bs.
35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
Affirmative action is racist…
I won a scholarship when I was a young man. I had been poor all my life. As a chikd I experienced homelessness and hunger on a level few I have ever encountered can empathize with. This was a full ride to a school that could change my life. I studied hard and passed the test required. I scored the highest. I qualified for the other reasons, being poor, child of a one parent home, and all the other requirements. I was then pulled aside and told quite directly. “We cannot take any more white men, if you were a woman we could possibly fit you in”. I was confused, so i asked “didn’t I score the highest?” They replied “yes, but we have too many white men already”, “The scholarship program is aligned with the Affirmative action laws, we have to pick someone else”.
So what I’m saying is, there never should have been affirmative action. Screw your point.
36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.
Oh my God? How did this take off? Anyone reading this garbage should immediately know it’s just not a race issue. Did it have racial overtones? Insanity. This woman sparked an entire movement? This woman and these words? How?! Are we that stupid?
37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.
Yep, pretty sure in 1988 any race could do this. This woman is delusional. They printed this crap? Is this “White Liberal Privilege”? This is the writing of a child who never grew up and was very naive of the world.
38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.
I feel like a broken record. In 1988 all races could do this. Anyone who didn’t needed to deal with their personal insecurities and lack of courage.
39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
I don’t know. I spend 95% of my time with black folks. They constantly come in late and laugh and say “Sorry, I’m on BPT (Black People Time)”. You will have to argue with them on that stereotype, they seem pretty attached to it. No employer gives a damn what race you are when it comes to being on time. Everyone is expected to be on time, no excuses.
40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
It was 1988 not 1920. This was not an issue outside of her own mind.
41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work
Lawyers take money. Race has nothing to do with legal help. My mom used to say “don’t get in trouble with the law, we’re poor, poor people don’t get lawyers, we get jail.”
Valuable life lesson. Medical help would not be an issue in 1988 as well. Definitely not an issue in today’s America. These were not issues then and they aren’t now. How absurd!
42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.
Feelings? This is so stupid it doesn’t warrant a response.
43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.
All races could experience this in 1988. Again, she sees the world through her racist eyes. Leaders lead and people follow leaders. Race is always irrelevant in this area.
Weak people are weak and strong people are strong. Just a fact of nature.
44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.
There were and are studies specific to various races and ethnic backgrounds.
45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race.
All races could do this in 1988 as well. Was their less minorities in mainstream arts, sure, called demographics. Nothing racist or privileged to see here.
46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
As markets have grown, so have choices. Was nothing racists or privileged about this. Really? This is an issue?
47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.
Not one person in the world can claim this 100%. And in 1988 this wasn’t a big issue with minorities. This is more living in the bubble thinking.
48. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.
Again, this isn’t a racial topic it is about the type of neighbors you are. Do you bring down housing prices? No? we love you then!
49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.
Yawn. Are we done with this insanity? This has what to do with being white? Nothing…
50. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.
You are who you choose to be, your confidence is your own, and only you are responsible for how you feel and deal with your situations.
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
Did you find this essay as idiotic as I did? Did you agree with her? Were there points I missed. Let me know what you think, tweet me or comment below.
We will explore more in the future. But this ideology needs to be pushed back on. White privilege is the first step in deconstructing what makes America so great, our culture. They are attempting to destroy the history and accomplishments of men in America in order to destroy confidence in our historical foundations and to impede our future. To build other races confidence and destroy our young white men’s completely. All this fueled by rich, entitled, white folks with self guilt over their own racism. Sad
WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US?
I work in education and also coach basketball. I am personally not surprised why there is so much self-hate among white kids, yet such confidence among minorities. I’ve seen it happening right in front of me. The demoralizing of whites, the boosting and elevating of minorities. It starts with History teachers. The kids are taught that white people stole, particularly Americans, everything we have ever gotten. Taught the very negative aspects of U.S. history with very little of the good added in. Snide remarks are common place while teaching and indoctrination is perpetrated by liberal teachers without accountability. Telling bald faced lies on some occasions to press their agenda with no one there to stop them even though they are breaking ed code law.
More terrifying is these teachers intertwine enough truth to make the lies seem truthful long term, so damaging and hard to UN-teach the lies. This is against the law by the way. A fact nobody seems to care about.
Add to that environment the school programs are pro everything except white Americans. Example? You can have Chinese club, African American club, Hispanic Clubs etc. Try having a ‘white club’-allowing all races to join mind you. “You’re racist!” is what you will hear. At camps youth programs etc. I watch black coaches tell the kids that blacks should be proud of themselves. Be strong proud black men. We applaud. If I said that to the white kids, it would be a situation. So I pull them aside and make sure they are getting equal confidence through our programs. These attitudes are re-enforced by the MSM. Whites receive the message of guilt and shame from all angles at all times.
White pride=racist, Self worth=entitlement, hard work= scorn, & success=white privilege.
Add to that the message of slavery in our history curriculum is used as a tool of self guilt against white students. Not as a reminder of the depravity of the human condition and the depths of evil all men can succumb to, but taught as uniquely white evil. No mention that it was the whites who fought and died to end slavery (650k). Even if mentioned the history is twisted, “whites didn’t want to die”. But we did die, because we weren’t cowards, and we did what was right and expected of us.
American kids are just not getting a factual and honest well rounded education. It is good to know the bad in our history, for sure, but we must know the good in our history as well.
One truth, Approximately 10% of slaves shipped to the Americas made it to North America. The rest were worked to death in South America. Perspective matters. The greatest evils in slavery didn’t happen in the United States of America.
LET GO OF YOUR GUILT – THE ROAD AHEAD
Let me tell you right now. If you are white, you have nothing to feel guilty about, you have no reason to be ashamed. In truth, you have been lied to. Just as sure as CNN is #FakeNews, so is the history that we have been being taught the last 40 years, and so is the lie that is touted everywhere called, “White Privilege”. How do we stop this lie from spreading any further? Bottom line, education…
The communist liberals took over academia in the 70’s. It’s time to pay attention to these “educators” and what they are teaching our kids. They are set on destroying the American patriarchal structure and ushering us into some fantasy NWO utopia. Sadly, they are succeeding.
It’s time parents who are patriots stop this madness. It is time to take back our schools.
Face the reality, white people are being discriminated against in America. If you point out this fact you are ridiculed and shamed as if you don’t have a right to stand up for yourself and against this discrimination. In schools & jobs we are denied opportunities.
Whites are being targeted for simply being born as God intended. More and more whites, myself included, are painfully becoming aware of what the future is becoming for our great race. A great peoples history being wiped out for no reason other than the fact the NWO is festering in the swamp and using the anti-white feminist movement against our own country. This woman and her fake logic is key in this movement. The harm she has done is major. We must undo it now before it’s too late.
Having spent my life living in poorer areas and surrounded by minorities i care for and interact with, I personally am deeply saddened and feel betrayed by this racism and discrimination against whites. The recent violence against us is even more shocking.
You see, I grew up in a time when we were past all this racist nonsense. It seems the Liberal movement has no political gas without racism and other divides. So they revived it and are becoming militant about it.I say we stop it now. I say we restore the peace that was there before the liberal movement decided to use the politics of division and hatred to tear us apart. Be a voice against this insanity. When you encounter these lies, confront them. Apply logic to them and do not allow them to continue to be purported to have validity. They are lies, evil lies that do no good for America, it’s citizens and its unity under the constitution. They only cause harm and stop us from uniting under our individual liberties and the goals of a prosperous collective future.
Essentially that essay in 1988 is the foundation of the whole “white privilege” movement. A racist, sexist, man hating, entitled, rich white woman, influenced two generations to believe her false logic. Her work must be undone, and it will. America is diverse, it is unique, it is amazing. America was built (the majority), by white men, Christians, who were flawed yes, but they were great men who respected other cultures and people. Their history, our American history, will not be erased and rewritten by those who hate themselves and their country. God willing.
“Without unity, the constitution is just a piece of paper” – Abraham Lincoln
Until next time, blessings to you and yours,
Peggy McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley Collage Center for Research on Women. This essay is excerpted from Workin
g Paper 189. “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies”
(1988), by Peggy McIntosh; available for $4.00 from the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley MA 02181.
The working paper contains a longer list of privileges. This excerpted essay is reprinted from the Winter 1990 issue of Independent