Among schoolgoys, there is a rather vindictive prank one can do to a classmate who has left his backpack or bookbag unattended, known as skinning. The bag is emptied of its contents, turned inside out, and then zipped back up with all of its contents inside.
In 1988, Peggy McIntosh published one of the seminal works in the far-left dominated academic field which has come to be called “Whiteness Studies” in a number of circles. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” is an excerpt taken from a working paper produced by the women’s studies department of Wellesley College, and lists 50 “daily effects of white privilege” in the first-person perspective of the author from her experiences. Though McIntosh tried to cover herself by claiming her examples shouldn’t be generalized, her work is obviously not read that way in the identity politics dominated Obama years. If even some of these privileges existed in the 1980s, you would be hard pressed to find them now. A sacred text of the anti-white/third worldist/regressive left, Invisible Knapsack could use a good skinning. Here is a critical assessment of privileges 21-30.
- I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
This complaint has frankly never made any sense to me. In the United States, non-whites are largely encouraged to be as tribally collectivist as possible and participate in organizations on the basis of their race and ethnicity, especially when it comes to grievance-mongering, rent-seeking, or demanding additional privileges in schools, workplaces, government, etc. Groups like La Raza, or the Congressional Black Caucus come to mind, to name just two. Many politically active people of color wear their tribal affiliations on their sleeves, and they like doing it. Why is it then considered so odious for members of their out-group, i.e. White people, to treat them as ambassadors of their in-group? I thought you were extremely proud to be X? You don’t like being asked about X by Y though? Huh.
- I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
Not really, considering how many of them are being let into our cities and the labor market penalty that monoglot natives are being saddled with. And even if that weren’t the case, the charge that privilege excuses us from learning other languages and customs seems very… odd. A good amount of the world’s people of any race or ethnicity are going to live and die in the same countries they were born into, and spend most if not all of their lives there too. The average White person is not a well-off bourgeois cosmopolitan world-traveller. It’s a much bigger “privilege” than McIntosh realizes to be well-versed in multiple foreign cultures, to say nothing of their languages. Being a “global citizen” requires nothing of people of color beyond existing, but for Whites it means being well-to-do, liberal, and travelled. Moreover it is virtually impossible to fully overcome obliviousness to the “language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority” because that’s billions of people with thousands of ethnic cultures, tens of thousands of regional cultures, hundreds of thousands of subcultures… Is anyone else held to this standard or just White people?
That aside, I get that McIntosh might be insinuating it is unfair that the in rest of the world one has to acquire knowledge of Western language and customs in order to succeed internationally as opposed to just domestically, However, the privilege of being a born a Westerner who doesn’t need to learn foreign customs, should we assume such a privilege exists, is obviously more expansive than just a White one, given that the US is 40% non-white. And if Americans are stereotyped as unworldly and uncultured, it would seem a lot of people being accused of having this particular White privilege of ignorance are therefore non-white.
- I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
Well, if I do personally, it will be chalked up to toxic masculinity, racism, privilege, and all other kinds of postmodern social shaming terminology, and other forms of psychological terrorism will be lobbed at me. No establishment channels are going to hold me aloft as the voice of the people or anything like that. I would be shouted down as a bigot and emblematic of everything wrong with society. I will probably be compared to terrorists, nazis, and the mentally-ill. If that’s not being a cultural outsider then I don’t know what is.
- I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.
Depends where you live or work, what industry you are in, etc. I mean come on, this is obvious stuff here. And fun fact: I have never once had a White male supervisor or dealt with a White human resources officer.
- If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
Here’s an idea, obey the rules of the road and pay your taxes. It will improve your group’s reputation. The less issues the authorities find themselves having with your group, the better you will be treated over time, because there will no longer be any reason to profile. And in practice, a lot of officials and law enforcement probably go out of their way to look for White troublemakers since they have a bureaucratic imperative to try to “balance” the crime statistics, lest they have the justice department breathing down their necks for "racial profiling," "disparate impact," etc.
- I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
I miss the 1980s. Or I would if I had been alive for them.
- I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.
This just makes no sense. If you feel that neurotic from attending an organization’s meetings, you should probably just quit. But let’s assume I did join some kind of normie organization. I assure you my uncucked opinions would be isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared, if I voiced them. And even if I don’t, having to deal with cucked people is very stressful and infuriating if you take them too seriously.
- I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine. Was this true in the 1980s? Was it not an employment death sentence to criticize diversity hires? YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! AH, DAMN YOU! GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!!
- I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.
I am pretty sure everyone would publically agree—the only consent that matters under occupation, frankly—that it is important to promote diversity in the workforce. After all, only a racist would be opposed to there being less White people. Oh and some totally unbiased studies were done confirming exactly what the elite opinion is regarding diversification of corporate leadership, higher education, etc., so it must be good. Regardless of one’s race, promoting diversification can only be met with praise.
- If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.
See 23. for the psychological terrorism and social stigmatizing that will be hurled at me if I speak out about racial issues in a way that isn’t mainline liberalism. I won’t be put on the interview circuit, asked to write a book, hired by a major publication—I will be put on a list. Unless of course I toe the party line. And that line is to "shut up and listen" to wise Latinas and noble savages.
The next time you see someone spouting anti-white nonsense about privilege, combine rhetoric with hatefacts and shut it down.
Also published at Atlantic Centurion.