White privelege is not having your teacher be astonished that your parents are still together and that you not only know your father, but live with him and see him everyday before and after he goes to work.
White privelege is not having people assume your mother is a single mom just trying to make it in the hood.
White privelege is not having to explain to your teacher that your parents live in the same home.
White privilege is criticizing Hispanic students for taking Spanish classes “because it’s an easy A” but praising white students for taking English classes “because they want to learn more about their language”.
Bonus white privilege points if the Spanish taught in the class is actually European Spanish.
White privilege is the news covering Serena Williams’ crip walk of a victory dance as a “stupid and insensitive celebration”, saying that it “ruined” her crowning moment because she did so “over the most lily-white place in the world”, and digging up the “ghetto black gang member” association because it works for you in trying to steal her joy. (source - FOXSports)
White privilege is whenever a person of color expresses part of their culture or heritage and you’re able to say that it makes you uncomfortable and expecting that PoC to abandon it completely or just not partake in it around you to cater to your needs and feelings.
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White Privilege is having the KKK meet in the center of town and having white people in city hall defend it because “it’s in the constitution” and they can assembly for a rally as long that they “don’t physically hurt citizens”. If a POC group want to meet in the center of town, they are suggested to meet in their “hood” to prevent ”political outrage and strife” among the mass when exercising the same right to assembly.
White privilege is explaining away Somali piracy as petty crime when it is actually a defense against THEIR governments dumping waste on the shores of fishermen whose family depends on the income from what they capture, which is nothing when all the fish have nuclear poisoning.
So we understand men get male privilege?
We understand straight folks get straight privilege?
We understand cisfolks get cis privilege?
We understand white folks get white privilege?
We understand colorism gives lighter skinned folks color privilege?
So can we step to Privilege 102 and understand most privileges aren’t always a binary? They’re a hierarchy or a spectrum based on how society views and treats you. And that can shift based on circumstances and situation. Is it possible to comprehend that the oppressions are not the same in type or necessarily degree?
Do we get how people can, and do USE THEIR PRIVILEGE against people who are lesser privileged on a given axis?
So what is it when Asian Americans cosign on antiblackness, anti-latino bullshit, anti-muslim bullshit?* What do you call that? (example: Michelle Malkin)
Does it mean Asian Am’s ain’t getting stepped on, ain’t catching shit? No. Just as much as White Women can be oppressed in some ways AND oppressing others at the same fucking time.
Do you want to end the system of injustice? Include your own privilege. Observe it, check it. Call out your communities when and where they inflict the privilege you share. Don’t be silent, don’t defend it, check it and stop it. Stop shitting on the people below, stop others from shitting on the people below in these hierarchies- that’s how you be an ally, and make a space for alliances to build.
But for fuck’s sake - if you can’t figure out how someone can be oppressed and privileged at the same time, you going to catch some really hard times when it comes to white women or gay white men, or men of color patriarchy or any of the other million fucking ways shit can intersect.
Either we all get free or no one gets free. Start by stepping off the necks you stand on. Get other folks to stop standing on people’s necks. Don’t demand the people you’re standing on to help you before you help them.
This concept is only difficult to people who are invested in trying to hold on to the oppressor’s promises that you’re worth more than “those people”.
*”What about dark skinned muslim Latino Asian Am folks?” Yes, they exist! If you are one, you fucking know what I mean about Asian Privilege, because you’re seeing the Asians who get it for fitting White conceptions of what Asians are supposed to be, and all the ways you’re not it. More importantly, you see how those folks often are the first to buy into, and support the system, and inflict their privilege on everyone else…