Summary of “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Peggy McIntosh’s article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” brings up the various advantages  every white person gets without even realizing it. Basically she shows that racism is a part of everyday life and lists 26 situations in which white people have a privilege that is not easily thought of when one thinks about racism.  It is different than where African-Americans and Whites had different bathrooms.  One of the best examples in this article was the example given about “flesh colored” band-aids. Band-aids are something everyone uses from childhood. When ever a white person puts a band-aid they surely think nothing of how it blends into their skin tone perfectly.  It has to be difficult for African Americans to put on a band-aid and wonder if they are a “normal” color.  I think everyone who reads this article can relate to it regardless of race and it is really eye opening to think of these simple privileges that whites get in everyday life that are not very recognizable.

You can read the article for yourself here


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