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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege:Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"

The author being a white female and sharing many the same thoughts as I helped me to connect to this text a lot. She talked about how racism still includes white individuals. It was kind of an eye opening read for me, the things she talked about never really crossed my mind. Like racism to me was when people were mean to other people based on different skin color or sex, but I have never really experienced it myself. Weirdly like she said I never really considered myself to be privileged though, even though after reading this I guess I kind of am. I do not have to live my life wondering if anyone is going to be mean to me simply because of my skin color, or have to fear that I won't be able to get something based on it either. Kind of sad that even today there still are people that have to worry about things like that.  The buying a house example really hit me, I plan on getting my own place in a year or so and I never would have thought of having to worry about if my neighbors are going to judge me based on skin or sex. Yet there are people everyday buying houses that have to worry about that. This just kept making me think about how you never really know what another person’s life is like until you can actually walk in their shoes. It's just weird, I thought I understood racism yet simply reading a 6 page article to figure out that there is a lot more to it and it's been right under my nose the whole time.

In class: 
Never understand what it’s like to be someone until you walk in their shoes.
·         Forget about the everyday little things they have to go through
Why is it that whites are so privileged in a way yet most of us don’t see it or choose not to see it?

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