Posts tagged privilege
Posts tagged privilege
This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.
Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
- It’s Not My Fault I Was Born White: Basics of White Privilege x
- Racial Divide x
- Endless Examples of White Privilege x
- You Cannot Know What It’s Like To Be A Racial Minority x
- Intersectional Feminism x
- White Privilege Does Not Mean White People Have Perfect Lives x
- White Privilege and White Supremacy: A Presentation x
- You Will Never Experience Racism x
- Understanding White Privilege x
- White Privilege and Double Standards x
- Systematic White Ignorance x
- The Invisibility of White Privilege x
- The Luxury of White Privilege x
- White Privilege: The Harry Potter Analogy x
- Privilege Denial Bingo x
- Privilege and Cost x
- Check Your Privilege 101 x
- Whiteness x
- Whiteness is Not A Culture x
- White Privilege and Racism x
- Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk About Race x
- When White Anti Racists Talk About ~Their Struggle~ x
- White Privilege As A System x
On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:
- Are White People Racially Oppressed x
- White People, the new Racial Minority x
- People Don’t Value Pale Skin!! x
- There Is No Such Thing As Reverse Racism x
- Racism vs. Not Racism x
- But White People Are Discriminated Against In Foreign Countries x
- The Myth of Reverse Racism: Why Cracker is Not N**** x
- Satire: A Step Wise Guide on Being Reverse Racist x
- Racism Against White People vs. Racism Against POCs x
On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:
- The Basics x
- Identifying Appropriation x
- But When We Wear It … x
- Why Can’t I Wear It (Hipster Headdresses) x
- Not Yours x
- If You Take The Bindi x
- White People Do It Better x
- Multiculturalism and Appropriation x
- Cultural Appropriation and Portrayals In Print Media x
- Diminishing the Cultural Significance of the Bindi x
- The Cultural Appropriation Bingo x
- Why We’re Fed Up of Your Responses x
- Identities Are Not Costumes x
- Hinduism And Appropriation x
- Religion and Privilege x
- Bindis Are Cool x
- Exotic India x
- What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation x
- Racism, Bindis and Ganesh Tattoos x
- BUT YOU’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH! x
- Cultural Appropriation Trolls x
- Guide to Being An Appropriating Douchefuck x
- New Age ~Culture Mixing~ x
- In case you’re tired of the prose, here’s poetry x
- Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bindi x
- Appropriating and Sharing x
- Our Culture is A Punchline Until It’s a Trend x
- Homage Or Insult x
- Tattoos and Appropriation x
- Bollywood is Not Synonymous With Indian x
- College Party Costumes and Stereotypes x
- Dotheads x
- Bindis and Racist Humour x
- Hindu Iconography x
- Misuse of Hindu Iconography x
- Your Appreciation Doesn’t Help Us x
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
- Unoriginal Arguments Refuted x
- Quick Checklist: You Might Be Racist If x
- Your Opinion Isn’t Necessary x
- I’m Not Responsible For My Ancestors x
- The Kumbayah Myth x
- Proud to Be White x
- Good White Person x
- We Don’t Hate White People x
- Brutality of Colonialism And Why You Can’t Tell Us To Forget the Past x
- People Who Claim Not To See Race Are More Likely to Be Racist x
- All Races are Beautiful Said the White Girl x
- Race Blindness Is A Luxury x
- Well, You’re Racist For Calling Me Racist x
- I’ve Read About Its Significance, I Know What It Means
- Angry Because Someone Called You Racist x
- We’re Not All Like That x
- People Only Care About This Trivial Shit On The Internet x
- I Can’t Apologize for Being Born White, It’s Not My Fault x
- Why Can’t You Tell Me What I’m Doing Wrong x
- It’s Easy to Be Color Blind When You’re White x
- A Diagrammatic Guide To White Tears x
- Conversations I’m Sick Of Having With White People x
- Why Do You Hate White People x
- I’m Trying To Be Cultured x
- Sisyphean Conundrum x
- What is Your Problem x
- We Are All Human, We All Bleed Red x
- It’s Just A Bindi x
- How Not To Respond To Accusations of Racism x
- I’m Italian And 0.009% Native American x
- What White People Think Racism Means: A Venn Diagram x
- White Guilt x
- White Pride!!!111!!! x
- I Like *Insert Foreign Country* I Want To Live There x
- You Have So Much Hate, Fighting Fire With Fire Won’t Help x
- BooHoo, Don’t Call Me Racist x
- Not Everything Ended With Your Ancestors x
- The Racist Reaction x
- I Don’t See Why That Is Racist x
- Crummy Apologies x
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
In a memorable scene from the 1998 film Pleasantville (in which two 1998 teen-agers are transported into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV show), the father of the TV-perfect Parker family returns from work and says the magic words “Honey, I’m home!”, expecting them to conjure up a smiling wife, adorable children, and dinner on the table.
This time, though, it doesn’t work. No wife, no kids, no food. Confused, he repeats the invocation, as if he must have said it wrong. After searching the house, he wanders out into the rain and plaintively questions this strangely malfunctioning Universe: “Where’s my dinner?”
Privileged distress. I’m not bringing this up just to discuss old movies. As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims of change. The world used to fit them like a glove, but it no longer does. Increasingly, they find themselves in unfamiliar situations that feel unfair or even unsafe. Their concerns used to take center stage, but now they must compete with the formerly invisible concerns of others.
That doesn’t mean, “Your argument is automatically invalid because you’re white/male/able-bodied/whatever.”
It means, “There’s an aspect to this argument you are incapable of understanding because you are white/male/able-bodied/whatever, and you should accept that and review your argument with that in mind.”
Now the only problem is getting people to recognize the fact that privilege does in fact exist.
So, this is only marginally relevant, but the other day I read a paper written by someone who clearly knew about the meaning of the word “privilege” in these contexts, and the other vocabulary, but the audience of the paper was business people, and not a necessarily social justice-minded crowd.
The author used “target group” and “non-target group” with “non-target” being the privileged group to explain the concept. I sometimes find, especially but not exclusively when I’m talking to people that see themselves on the short end of the socioeconomic stick, that “privilege” is a really, really loaded word that they just can’t make fit their circumstances.
I’m not suggesting anything here beyond maybe considering the possibility of adjusting our vocabulary when we’re dealing with people who don’t spend time reading social justice commentary on a regular basis.
Agreed. I find that most people think privilege means rich.
This whole thread is beautiful.
I’ve found that “lucky” works well with some people/in some contexts to describe privilege. My first exposure to the concept of privilege was being told by my grandmother that I was lucky to have been born with white skin - which in context sounded nothing like “oh how lucky! we’re both white!” and instead conveyed that it was only a matter of luck that I was going to basically have society “on my side” when it came to matters of race, and that I should be aware of that, and be aware that other people don’t have that.
I’ve mentioned “luck” as a substitute for privilege a few times before, in the context of people for whom privilege is a really loaded concept they can’t place themselves in, and people in the SJ community tend to take it badly, but think how “It’s such a privilege to be born white!” sounds outside of an SJ context. Luck can convey the same idea with out the heavy connotations of money and richness.
Did you know that I am more qualified to talk about the issues that severely marginalized people face than those particular people because I am friends with people within that group and I have read articles pertaining to those issues on the internet? It is true. You had better think long and hard before you try to tell me I am being insensitive. That is how the world works.
I can’t wait until someone reblogs this without realizing it’s sarcasm. That seem to be happening a lot on tumblr, lately.
This is a hugely important point, people.
This is going to get my ass handed to me, I just know it. I’m sorry, but no.
Definition of RACISM
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
As defined by Merriam Website. ANYONE can be racist, regardless of their own race, and to say that a person can’t be racist purely because of the color of their skin or what area of the world they come is a form of segregation all its own. If a bar run by Black people refuses to let people in because they’re not Black, that’s racist. If a restaurant run by Hispanics refuses to serve Asians because they’re Asian, that’s racist. If a White person hates a Black person because they’re Black, that’s racist. If a fucking Eskimo tells me my opinion isn’t worth shit purely because my skin is White, that’s fucking racism.
Separate but equal is never equal. We can never live in a world of equality if one group is held to different standards than another. Your skin could be the color of a rainbow for all I fucking care. We’re all people and we all bleed red. That’s enough for me, and it should be enough for everyone else too.
Here I present to you, my dearest followers, someone who obviously did not read and process what I wrote so proceeded to quote a dictionary definition as if her knowledge of how to use Merriam trumps everything when I clearly stated “the dictionary definition [of racism] is out-of-date and inadequate” and it is “more complex than a ‘hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.’” It would be deliciously cute or even clever if I had not seen this argument for the twenty time since I created this Venn diagram two days ago.
Seriously though, whenever a person of color does something that discriminates another person of color be an act of prejudice and horizontal oppression, not racism. Why would it not be racism? Because we lack the institutionalized power (or status or whatever you want to call it) to make it so. You cannot say something as basic as “we can never live in a world of equality if one group is held to different standards than another” because we live in society that values white folks (yes, including you) over people of color. That why it is so important to set status on who and who cannot be racist because you cannot fix our society’s damage without making white people (or men, cisgender people, straight folks in regards of sexism, cissexism and heterosexism) realizing your lot inherent privilege in the world.
But let’s be real here, not that I was already, your colorblindness—our skin could be the color of a rainbow for all I fucking care—does not help anyone because unfortunately we do live in a society that cares what the color of your skin is. You only fail to notice or turn a blind eye because you are the right skintone: white.
P.S. It is Inuit, Yupik or Aleut. Here are three examples of separate groups of indigenous people living in the Arctic. Do not use Eskimo.
I’ve seen this bit of news floating around for the past few days and was curious enough to look up the original article by Michael I. Norton and Samuel R. Somers. I’m posting some excerpts here since I know some of you will be interested. I took out the equations and data tables, but I can e-mail them to you if you can’t access the article and are interested. As well, emphasis is mine.
Despite the rush in some quarters to anoint contemporary American society as “postracial” in the wake of Barack Obama’s election as president, a flurry of legal and cultural disputes over the past decade has revealed a new race-related controversy gaining traction: an emerging belief in anti-White prejudice. Although legal challenges concerning so-called “reverse racism” date back as far as the 1970s (Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 1978), such claims have been at the core of an increasing number of high-profile Supreme Court cases in recent years, in domains such as equal access to education (Gratz v. Bollinger, 2003; Grutter v. Bollinger, 2003) and employment discrimination (Ricci v. DeStefano, 2009)….We suggest that these trends epitomize a more general mindset gaining traction among Whites in contemporary America: the notion that Whites have replaced Blacks as the primary victims of discrimination. This emerging perspective is particularly notable because by nearly any metric—from employment to police treatment, loan rates to education—statistics continue to indicate drastically poorer outcomes for Black than White Americans (e.g., Bertrand & Mullainathan, 2004; Knowles, Persico, & Todd, 2001; Krueger, Rothstein, & Turner, 2006; Munnell, Tootell, Browne, & McEneaney, 1996).
We propose that Whites’ belief about the increasing prevalence of anti-White bias reflects a view of racism as a zero-sum game, as evident in the comment above by Senator Sessions during a recent Supreme Court nomination hearing, which can be summed up as “less against you means more against me.” Indeed, previous research suggests that White Americans perceive increases in racial equality as threatening their dominant position in American society (Sidanius & Pratto, 1999), with Whites likely to perceive that actions taken to improve the welfare of minority groups must come at their expense (Eibach & Keegan, 2006). We expected Whites to view racism as a zero-sum game, such that decreases in perceived anti-Black racism over the past six decades would be associated with increases in perceived anti-White racism. Although previous research has not examined whether lower status groups view racism in zero-sum terms, we expected that Blacks might be less likely to perceive gains for Blacks as losses for Whites—perhaps due to a view that the permanent high status of Whites (Jost & Banaji, 1994; Jost, Banaji, & Nosek, 2004) causes the magnitude of racial disparity to be so great that gains by Blacks do little to affect Whites. Most important, we explored the novel prediction that these changes in Whites’ conceptions of racism would be extreme enough that many Whites would view anti-White bias as the bigger societal problem.
…the three-way interaction between respondent race, target race, and decade was highly significant….Black respondents perceived decreases in anti-Black bias over time and relatively nonexistent anti-White bias, but White respondents perceived anti-Black bias as declining even more quickly and anti-White bias as increasing sharply—particularly in recent years. Indeed, we observed a complete reversal over time in White respondents’ views of racism. Whereas Blacks saw greater anti-Black bias in every decade…this gap reversed in the 2000s for Whites: They perceived more anti-White bias than anti-Black bias….By the 2000s, some 11% of Whites gave anti-White bias the maximum rating on our scale in comparison with only 2% of Whites who did so for anti-Black bias.
In contrast to these results for respondent race, there is no comparable significant reversal when examining these ratings across different respondent age brackets or education levels: …the differences in perceptions between White and Black respondents are not driven by other demographic differences between the two groups.
They note that both groups had similar perceptions of racism in the 1950s, which suggests that contemporary differences may be “due to recent changes in how bias is conceptualized.”
Interestingly, Whites are much more likely than Blacks to perceive racism as a zero-sum game:
White respondents were more likely to see decreases in bias against Blacks as related to increases in bias against Whites—consistent with a zero-sum view of racism among Whites—whereas Blacks were less likely to see the two as linked. Of course, our results are correlational in nature, and as such, they do not necessarily reveal that Whites believe that decreases in anti-Black bias cause increases in anti-White bias; future research should explore the causal nature of the robust link we observe.
This may be because Blacks are aware that “the permanent high status of Whites (Jost & Banaji, 1994; Jost, Banaji, & Nosek, 2004) causes the magnitude of racial disparity to be so great that gains by Blacks do little to affect Whites.”
Norton and Somers conclude that their findings may influence future social science research and (more alarmingly) public policy debates:
In 2003, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that, “we expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary” (Grutter v. Bollinger, 2003). In contrast to popular notions of a postracial America after Barack Obama’s 2008 election, our data suggest that many Whites believe that the moment O’Connor foresaw has already passed, and that the pendulum has now swung beyond equality in the direction of anti-White discrimination. Although a number of previous surveys have explored differences in White and Black Americans’ perceptions of progress toward racial equality (e.g., Hochschild, 1995; Kluegel & Smith, 1986; Sigelman & Welch, 1991), as well as Whites’ desire to explain away disparities in racial outcomes (e.g., Esses & Hodson, 2006; Federico & Sidanius, 2002; Lowery, Knowles, & Unzueta, 2007), our data are the first to demonstrate that not only do Whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do Blacks, but Whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality—at their expense.
Although our data do not speak directly to the mechanisms underlying Whites’ view of racism as a zero-sum game, it is likely that this belief has both practical and symbolic components. On the practical side, affirmative action policies designed to increase minority representation may focus Whites’ attention on the impact of quota-like procedures on their own access to education and employment, in effect threatening their resources (Haley & Sidanius, 2006). On the symbolic side, Whites may fear that minorities’ imposition of their cultural values represent an attack on White cultural values and norms, as evidenced by Whites’ resentment of norms of political correctness (Norton, Sommers, Apfelbaum, Pura, & Ariely, 2006) and the belief of many Whites in a “War on Christmas” (Gibson, 2005). In sum, our findings situate specific claims of persecution by White Americans in a broader belief in a new, generalized anti-White bias.
I just need a minute to bask in wonderment, at the sight of someone still using these arguments in 2011. I suppose it’s heartwarming to see some young people still appreciate the classics!
The reason white Americans don’t have designated pageants/channels/scholarships/months is because pretty much ever pageant/channel/scholarship/month that is not geared toward black Americans is ultimately geared toward white Americans. White privilege is so well-integrated into society, it’s only noticed when it isn’t there.
^^^ Every month is white history month. Seriously. Society caters to people with lighter skin.
Thanks for the lulz, OP.