Monday, July 02, 2007

The White Privilage Package

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In that post supreme court decision conversation with the libertarian,
I neglected to mention to you all that his homie was there.

In fact, he is our mutual colleague.


During our conversation I mentioned my Why are N*ggas so Homophobic post? I explained how at the end of the day, Black Male sexuality and swag are tied to their notions of masculinity, so to have that taken/threatened by the idea of or via actual homosexual sex is a horrific violation of their masculinity.


Then the issue of Black Male Invisibility came up.

My colleague then asked , "Why do Black men feel invisible?"


I thought about it and was like, man, do I really wanna go INTO THIS SH*T. But I was like M, be responsive and responsible and answer the man's question.

I responded explaining how, by and large in this culture, Black Male representation in News, Television, movies and news papers typically turns on one or two stereotypes involving sex and violence. These would leave anyone feeling invisible because it fails to address the nuances of being a f*cking human being.

In turn.

I tripped off how good it must feel for him to THINK ABOUT ABSTRACTLY, what it must feel like to be Black.

And I immediately thought of white privilage and how the fact that this is some sh*t
that is abstract in his head is indicative of said privilege.


Then I found this online.

Peggy McIntosh breaks down the White Privilege Package:
I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was "meant" to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.


Some examples of said white privilege she lists are:

5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.

15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.


21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

25. 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.


35. 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.


AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE

20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.



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This post had me thinking?


Are there Black privileges?

Should I start corporate gender and race training workshops. Tie gender/racial understanding to the bottom line:)

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10 comments:

M.Z. said...

I responded explaining how, by and large in this culture, Black Male representation in News, Television, movies and news papers typically turns on one or two stereotypes involving sex and violence.
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So true, I was at work today and I was grilling my co-worker(playing around) in front of a customer and the first thing he says is "You guys aren't gonna fight, are you?"

It all happened so fast, it didn't even register until he left and my boy was like "cuz we're black?"

I've discussed white privilege with people of both races before but never thought of black privileges before. I'll get back to you on that.

M.Dot. said...

"You guys aren't gonna fight, are you?"

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The thing about it is that THEY never have to think about how fucked up that shit is until someone, someone who they trust and will listen to points it out.

lightdigga said...

1.) my colleagues assume i know all about hip hop and that i can dance even if i don't and/or can't

M.Dot. said...

JONZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy.

neo said...

Blacks ain't got no privileges.

I dare anyone to name such to me..

only privileges we got in my eyes are as follows:

1. Members of our race always having to ask for hand-outs (see: kids of africa in those give-to-the-kid ads on tv)

2. Have the privilege of being invaded each time and taught (told) what to do 'cos we can't run our countries by ourselves.

3. In America? Having the privilege of towing the line as soon as our existence makes another person feel threatened.

M.Dot. said...

3. In America? Having the privilege of towing the line as soon as our existence makes another person feel threatened.
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Allright Maclom.

Blood.Im texas bound next week:)

Texas Truth said...

Blood.Im texas bound next week:)

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Real talk? Where you gonna be?

And say, i don't know if you heard, but...

"Ya boy is back" (c) Jigga Man

http://eurweb.com/story/eur34771.cfm

M.Dot. said...

Real talk? Where you gonna be?
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N*gga.

In Yo Kitchen frying up Snapper and baking mac and cheese, YOUNGIN!

Don't start nothing and it won't be nuffin.

neo said...

Word? Where in TX? Fam that state is a BIG state...:-D

M.Dot. said...

F*ck wad.

Dallas.

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