I can accept, though not quite endorse, most of your points here, but I have a problem with part of the framework. Specifically, I believe I can easily say that I want what’s best for my children and not automatically be attaching an expectation that my privelege will suppress or exploit those who lack the same access to privilege. That is, I think you go too far when you decide what everyone means when they express a desire for equity and opportunity.
Morevoer, I am not sure what I am supposed to do with the meager advantages that my privilege has afforded me. As one of nine poor children who grew up in significant poverty, my pigmentation certainly helped me to access opportunity that was denied to others. Yet I have earned much of what I have attained and acquired. I paid my own way to college, many years ago, and have long since settled that debt.
Be honest, the whole discussion of privilege is nothing more than an acknowledgment that we are more affluent than most other countries, and since this is true, we can considers ways to divvy up opportunity more judiciously. I have no problem with that. Yet I find throughout the discussion a fallacy that most people who call themselves conservative are somehow callous and heartless toward those less fortunate. I think the figures on charitable giving suggest that conservative people have an instinct to lift others up. That they do so through the church and other social agencies does not make them bigots, in my opinion.
I am 55, white, and Catholic. I have had some advantages. What now? I volunteer. I donate to United Way, and church organizations. I support Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts. I help to administer various local campaigns for the needy in the various communities that intersect with my life. Acknowledging my privilege should change what? I have no White guilt. I am doing as best I can at any given moment in time. Some years I do better than others and give back to my undergraduate college. Should I refrain from such giving because the likelihood is that my donation will go to a white kid who is not living in abject poverty.
In simple terms, some altruistic people have benefited from privilege. So what?