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White Privilege Apparent in Society and Conveyed
Through Film
  • Slide Show by Drew Adams

White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
  • Peggy McIntosh

White Privilege Outline
  • Peggy McIntosh Unpacking the Invisible
    Knapsack---Key Concepts (10 min)
  • White Privilege in Film (8 min)
  • White Privilege as apparent in America
    (5 min)
  • Review and Questions (2 min)

McIntosh White Privilege
  • I have come to see white privilege as an
    invisible package of unearned assets which I can
    count on cashing in on one day, but about which I
    was meant to remain oblivious.
    -McIntosh (71)

McIntosh White Privilege
  • Privilege is sometimes inherent and almost always
  • In most cases oppressiveness is unconscious and
  • Many silences and denials surrounding white
    privilege are key political tools
  • Great pressure to avoid but in order to face
    privilege one must give up the myth of

Advantages Associated With White Privilege
  • One can easily be in the company of members of
    the same race
  • When moving into a new house one can be somewhat
    sure neighbors will be pleasant
  • Most likely not get hassled by store security
  • See people of same race positively represented
  • Pride that your race created national heritage
  • Children will be taught of the existence of their
    race at every grade level
  • Easier to perform simple business aspects from
    white to white
  • Can find culturally traditional foods

Advantages Associated With White Privilege (2)
  • Skin color does not work against financially
    reliable appearance
  • Can protect children most of the time from people
    who may not like them
  • Able to see police as allies
  • Able to swear or wear second hand clothes without
    it being attributed to bad morals or poverty
  • Can speak in public without having race play an
    issue in audiences minds
  • Can do well in a situation without being
    considered a credit to my race
  • Never asked to speak on behalf of entire race
  • Can remain oblivious to other cultures without
    being looked upon harshly

Advantages Associated With White Privilege (3)
  • Can criticize government and society without
    being seen as a cultural outsider
  • Person in charge is generally of the same race
  • Generally do not get singled out because of race
    (traffic tickets or tax audits)
  • Can easily buy objects featuring own race
    (posters, greeting cards, dolls, etc.)
  • Generally do not feel isolated in organizations
  • Can feel free to take a job without it being
    suspect that it was only acquired do to
    affirmative action
  • Easily seek public accommodation without fear
  • Race will not work against legal or medical help
  • Do not have to worry about situations containing
    racial overtones

McIntosh White Privilege
  • I did not recognize myself as a racist because
    I was taught to see racism only in individual
    acts of meanness by members of my group, never in
    invisible systems conferring unsought racial
    dominance on my group from birth.
  • Keeping most people unaware that freedom of
    confident action is there for just a small number
    of people props up those in power and serves to
    keep power in the hands of the same groups that
    have most of it already.

McIntosh White Privilege American Freedom
  • Some of the power which whites come upon in
    society is thought of as being a freedom
    possessed by all Americanshowever it is still
    laced with unearned advantage and conferred

McIntosh White Privilege
  • Whiteness is not seen as a racial identity
  • Our daily lives are affected more by unearned
    power than any other silent condition.
  • More must be done in order to identify where
    lives are effected the most so that changes may
    slowly begin

McIntosh White Privilege
  • Disapproving of the systems wont be enough to
    change them. I was taught to think that racism
    could end if white individuals changed their
    attitudes. But a white skin in the United
    States opens many doors for whites whether or not
    we approve of the way dominance has been
    conferred on us.
  • --Peggy McIntosh (73)

McIntosh White Privilege
  • 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 which will allow them to
    be more like us.

White Privilege in America
  • White privilege, like any social phenomenon, is
    complex. In a white supremacist culture, all
    white people have privilege, whether or not they
    are overtly racist themselves. There are general
    patterns, but such privilege plays out
    differently depending on context and other
    aspects of ones identity.

White Privilege in America
  • When whites seek admission to a university,
    apply for a job, or hunt for an apartment, they
    don't look threatening. Almost all of the people
    evaluating people for those things are white.
    They see a reflection of themselves, and in a
    racist world that is an advantage. Even when
    whites voice critical opinions, they are given
  • --Robert Jensen

Guess Whos Coming to DinnerRacial Stereotypes
and White Privilege
Guess Whos Coming to DinnerRacial Issues and
  • In the film, it appears generally more acceptable
    for a white family to live in a large home
  • In the 1960s it is uncommon and a basis for
    stereotypes when a black man becomes a
    prestigious doctor
  • Generally judged on skin color not character

Guess Whos Coming to DinnerRacial Issues and
Stereotype (2)
  • Inter-racial marriages looked down upon by both
  • Whites generally say one thing about privilege
    and stereotypes, yet often act another way
  • Wide spread belief that inter-racial children
    would grow up without a race and live a rough
  • All blacks are grouped together, something one
    does effects the way another one is viewed

How Hollywood Portrays White Privilege
  • Movies can and do portray many varied views
    dealing with white privilege and stereotypes
  • Movies can reflect any and all stereotypes not
    necessarily that of society
  • Hollywood directors are predominantly white,
    therefore white privilege has a large effect on
    our views
  • Movies are one of the most commonplace sources
    for instilling unrecognized white privilege into

White Privilege in Film (2)
  • The way race in the movies is dealt with has
    changed drastically throughout the years

  • The numbers of minorities involved in the film
    industry has been on the rise for years
  • Filmmakers are now dealing with and embracing
    white privilege and stereotypes in a forward way

For example, in The Battle at Elderbusch Gulch
Indians are portrayed as
  • Hostile outsiders
  • Barbaric savages
  • Always shot from a distance
  • Portrayed so that audience feels no sympathy or
    compassion towards them

More Recent Filmsthat take a forward approach to
stereotyping and privilege
White Privilege is often viewed as a/an _______
  • unconscious /straightforward/ conscious

The comparison of white privilege to unpacking a
knapsack simply means whites are equipped with
  • hate/ assets/ fear/ disadvantage

White Privilege Is Greater Depending on Other
Factors Such As Sex and Social Status True or
White Privilege in Society is _______
  1. Earned through years of struggle
  2. Inherited at birth and dependent upon parents
  3. Granted by society for social status

Whites purposefully use their status to
discriminate upon minorities and place them lower
in society.
  • T/F?

Will All Members of Society Ever Truly Be on an
Equal Playing Field and If So Is It a Question of
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