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    Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?[W: 356]

    "White privilege (or white skin privilege) refers to what some individuals perceive as advantages that white people enjoy in certain societies beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc). The controversial term connotes both obvious and less obvious unspoken advantages that white individuals may not recognize they have. These include cultural affirmations of one's own worth; greater presumed social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one's own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal. It can be compared and/or combined with the concept of male privilege. Does this still exist? If so, should it be corrected and fought against?
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Are you kidding? If anything, I'm at a DISadvantage today as a white male.

    Revoke Affirmative Action and actually judge men by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. And quit giving women everything they want.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Just like how the joker often varies in the way it's illustrated in a standard deck of playing cards, the "white privilege" is just the standard race card presented in another fashion.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Are you kidding? If anything, I'm at a DISadvantage today as a white male.

    Revoke Affirmative Action and actually judge men by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. And quit giving women everything they want.
    Who's going to be doing that judging ?

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by oncewas View Post
    Who's going to be doing that judging ?
    Someone who doesn't give you "points" for being black or a woman.

    I mean, I'm not trying for a civil service job, but it'd be nice if I could beat out a black woman who gets it just by being a black woman.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Someone that happens to be white may come from a wealthier background which helped them out (assuming their parents paid for college or something), but I don't think white privilege exists. If anything being white has only hurt me.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    The term "white privilege" is a racist one. Its only motive is to make white people feel guilty about being white. To hate themselves for being white. To expect people to take on the burden of guilt for actions and deeds that most not only had no part in, but quite probably were fellow victims is appalling.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Yes, white privilege exists just as upper class privilege, male privilege and Christian privilege exist in the United States. Relative to race, the white "race" is the dominant one in the United States. It currently and historically dominates nearly every power-holding aspect of society from government to business to media. Because of that dominance, white people (in general) have advantages that non-white people do not. Examples of advantage would be the fact that whites encounter less racism when applying for jobs or housing; the fact that whites have had a historical "head start" in terms of wealth and education aquisition; and so on.

    The interesting thing about white privilege (and many other types of privilege as well) is that it includes the luxury of being able to not see that privilege. For example, you're hear a lot of white people say things like, "Are you kidding? If anything, I'm at a DISadvantage today as a white male." They truly believe that because they evaluate "privilege" and things like on a surface level. By "surface level", I mean that they believe privilege has to be labeled things like "Affirmative Action" or "Black History Month." They don't realize that such things are labeled because the default in society is "white." (Therein lies the privilege.)

    In sum, yes, white privilege is an undeniable reality. In nearly every society, certain groups within the population are "privileged". In some countries, privilege is determined by race, in others it is determined by religion and in others it's determined by ethnicity or something else entirely or a combination of several. White privilege is, again, undeniable. Any adult who denies that it exists in the United States is ignorant, and likely willfully so.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graffias View Post
    "White privilege (or white skin privilege) refers to what some individuals perceive as advantages that white people enjoy in certain societies beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc). The controversial term connotes both obvious and less obvious unspoken advantages that white individuals may not recognize they have. These include cultural affirmations of one's own worth; greater presumed social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one's own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal. It can be compared and/or combined with the concept of male privilege. Does this still exist? If so, should it be corrected and fought against?
    "White privilege" connotes advantages and special treatment based on one's skin being white. I don't think it's that simple. A person of color with the same education, general appearance, command of language, work ethic, etc., as another person who is white? I think they actually have an advantage in our society.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    I think white women privilege exists; not so much white men privilege.

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