Privilege, particularly white or male privilege, is hard to see for those of you who were born with access to power and resources. It is very visible for those to whom privilege was not granted. Furthermore, the subject is extremely difficult to talk about because many white people don’t feel powerful or as if they have privileges others do not. It is sort of like asking fish to notice water or birds to discuss air. For those who have privileges based on race or gender or class or physical ability or sexual orientation, or age, it just is- it’s normal.
You can wear and act however you’d like without being labeled a thug, low life, gangster, etc.
White privilege allows you to speak on any particular subject without being the sole representative for your entire race.
You have the privilege of escaping violent stereotypes associated with your race.
You have the privilege of playing the colorblind card and wiping the slate clean of centuries of extreme racism.
White privilege means no one questions why you got that really great job; it’s assumed you were just highly qualified.
White privilege means not having to worry about your hair, skin color, or cultural accessories as the reason you didn’t get a job.
White privilege means you don’t have to worry about being monitored in a store just because the hue of your skin is a bit darker than most.
Having white privilege means people will never label you a terrorist.
White privilege means not being affected by negative stereotypes that have been perpetuated and ingrained so much into American society that people believe them to be fact.
If you benefit from white privilege, you’ll never be told to “get over slavery.” However, we all have to remember 9/11 because white people died.
Benefitting from white privilege means you can walk the Earth unaware of your color.
You can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
White privilege is being able to make Ebola jokes because it was killing African people, but no! Do NOT make jokes about cancer, that one kills whites.
White privilege is never having to hear “you’re pretty for a black/dark-skinned girl.” Oh, I didn’t know we were all supposed to be ugly.
And these are just a few. We just want you to acknowledge your privilege.
There are different kinds of privilege. I, as a black woman, never have to experience ableism, homophobia, islamophobia and so on. I can acknowledge my own privilege.
Edit: Not taking credit for the list, I copied them from websites, they are from a variety of websites.