White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
McIntosh argues that white people on a regular basis, unknowingly take advantage of their "white privilege" and way that they live their lives. The environment that taught them to be unmindful to their advantages, is in itself the problem. Reason being that the unconscious disregard that their whiteness is a race is in fact the very act that makes other people of different color feel oppressed. I found there to be an unspoken message or maybe it was just a realization I made, but there are so many things that minorities will never have the opportunity to fully experience or understand, simply because they are not white. Despite how hard they work, how much money they have, or even what person they marry, they will never have white privileges.
The main point that she discusses is that just being white gives you a mentality that blinds you to struggles that other races face from day to day.
In class I would like to bring up the 26 small details taken for granted by the privileged whites. Until you see it right in front of you, it's hard to recognize the struggles that others face. I believe that those of a dominant group don't often see the hidden privileges and shelter that they have.
I would say that I take advantage of the 26 listed points. Despite being Native American, I don't really notice my race (I wasn't really raised to notice it) but reading through this list and recognizing them was very strange.