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originally posted by: Indrasweb
As far as I can tell it is the notion that being born white allows you to have an easier and better life relative to those in similar social standing who are non-white, simply by virtue of being born with 'white skin'. A notion that is demonstrably false by any number of obvious examples and standards and ludicrously reductive, but is oh so alluring to a simple minded subset of professional victims and enablers, hell-bent (perhaps unwittingly) on maintaining the status quo.
Hope that helps
White privilege refers to the collection of benefits that white people receive in a racially structured society in which they are at the top of the racial hierarchy.
Made famous by scholar and activist Peggy McIntosh in 1988, the concept includes everything from whiteness being equated with being normal and native to the U.S. to being represented in the media, being trusted, and easily finding makeup products for one's skin tone.
While some might view some of these privileges as trivial, it's important to recognize that no form of privilege comes without its counterpart: oppression.
originally posted by: Kharron
To me, white privilege means being born into a world that's already been long primed or conditioned to the rule of those of fairer skin. For centuries, the light skinned Europeans ruled over the majority of this planet. Not only was Europe under their rule and their religion, but the Americas, Africa, Australia and large parts of Asia. Many countries in South America and in Africa still speak French, Spanish, English or Portuguese as their main language. Many Indians are still fluent in English from young age and Indian food is everywhere in Britain.
This does not mean that a white person is automatically placed in a higher position, but we are all conditioned to accept it when it happens. Throughout the centuries the white folks have established themselves in government, trade, manufacturing and so on. Those businesses and money are passed down, which means those who have had an advantage for centuries naturally start with an advantage. This is no conspiracy, it's just the way money and ownership works.
Do I like it? No. But I do understand why it is so, and I understand it will still take much, much longer until it is overcome and real equality is attained. It took centuries to get here, it may take just as long to unwind it, fully.