Post #10: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Peggy McIntosh - associate director of Wellesley College Center for Research on Women & Founder and Co-Director of the National SEED Project

Peggy McIntosh – associate director of Wellesley College Center for Research on Women & Founder and Co-Director of the National SEED Project

“Whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal, so that when we work to benefit others, this is seen as work that will allow them to be more like us.” – Elizabeth Minnich

So I’ve been saving this one. There are those among my followers (Facebook, Twitter, blog) who I think desperately need to read this. There are those who may have already. But I fear many are not ready. Their hearts and minds are not open enough.

Of course, that’s not all of you.

So I challenge my readers, whether the title (maybe especially if the title) offends you, concerns you, gives you that creeping feeling of guilt or denial or fear, please read this.

Digest it. Think about it. Apply the list to your life in general terms. We aren’t talking specifics here. We’re talking “I can pretty much be assured on a normal day . . .”

Maybe think about how this list doesn’t apply to some people, and why. How this affects them, their lives, how they see the world and colors their everyday interactions.

Think about it some more and maybe talk with others. Push down that tendency to get offended and feel attacked. Remind yourself, you’re not being attacked. You are being given a chance to grow.

For what good is life if we are unable to learn from those around us?

Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

To learn more about Peggy McIntosh here is her Wikipedia page.

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