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 31-40.
- I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.
I see them spammed nonstop in the mainstream media. In fact, their opinions are given much more weight as authentic truth than anything someone with white or male or cishet privilege could produce. All major (and minor) Western universities go out of their way to both produce and emphasize these perspectives.
- My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.
If by my culture you mean the mainstream American public opinion that is tailored by a few dozen media outlets, then I am made aware very frequently how problematic it is to not submit to the moral authority of other tribes’ experiences.
- I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.
Look if you are of a certain ethnicity and you eat food associated with that ethnicity you are going to have a specific body odor and people will correctly make the correlation. Deal with it. Oh and genetics has an influence on body type—so you can expect there to be racial and/or ethnic traits.
- I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
I will be told I have a White savior complex, no matter how hard I cuck. I need to just shut up and listen, and do what I am told to the letter in order to be a "good" ally, i.e. a politically domesticated White person. On the other hand, if I don’t worry about racism, I am racist because silence is consent and I am collectively and congenitally guilty for not speaking out against it.
- I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
Right, because I am literally ineligible for affirmative action programs, i.e. diversity hiring. Literally. As a White male I cannot be a diversity hire. No one would suspect I was hired for diversity purposes any more than they would suspect I am actually two chimps in a human costume. This doesn’t sound like an unearned privilege, it sounds like an undeserved penalty—that I am ineligible by birth for certain positions in the workplace. It’s on people of color to fight this “privilege,” not me.
- If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.
I mean, there is an angry White male stereotype… and if you aren’t a kale-munching Democrat numale you are probably going to get people accusing you of it.
- I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.
Don’t even get me started on how every profession semi-skilled or higher has some kind of racial or ethnic umbrella organization or association, except for whitey. Working-class Whites get nothing—and the liberal theory is that we don’t need any kind of ethnocentric networking because apparently deracinated elite WASPs are going to hand us jobs for being White.
- I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.
A better question would be to ask how much affirmative action you will get—zero if you are not part of a protected class. You can pick any industry or bureaucracy in the country and game their affirmative action program if you are eligible, and should they commit the odious transgression of not having one, make a big a stink about it until they cave. Because if anyone has the nerve to say that an x can't do y in the current year, it will be an international incident.
- I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
This is true. But this is an earned stereotype as result of collective good behavior, which requires maintenance by individuals belonging to the in-group. Different cultures value time and the very concept of time differently; read about the folkways of the Puritan colonists if you don’t believe me, or the Mexican concept of the siesta. This is literally a thing—different peoples perceive and use time differently.
- I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
Yes. We make the best tenants, guests, and customers. This is another earned stereotype. Sorry about that! We will try to be more of a nuisance from now on to level the playing field, since other groups seem to not care about collectively doing a better job.
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.