Perhaps a better way to explain privilege is that no matter what color you are, you cannot control how people (institutions, and systems)are going to treat you. If your skin is white, everyone more likely to trust you and give you the benefit of the doubt in most situations.You can trust that most ofthe things you do will never be questioned. What’s more it won’t even occur to others to question you.
But if your skin is brown, people are inclined to distrust you (after decades of brainwashing by media images which tell them they shouldn’t.)
That is privilege. You cannot “opt out” of how others are going to treat you.
I also like Tim Wise’s description, that some of us are in the Advanced Class on Racial issues, and that others are still in the remedial, trying to hold a discussion that they haven’t studied for (yet think they know all about.)