Among schoolgoys, there is a rather vindictive prank one can do to a classmate who has left his backpack or bookbag unattended, known as skinning. The bag is emptied of its contents, turned inside out, and then zipped back up with all of its contents inside.
In 1988, Peggy McIntosh published one of the seminal works in the far-left dominated academic field which has come to be called “Whiteness Studies” in a number of circles. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” is an excerpt taken from a working paper produced by the women’s studies department of Wellesley College, and lists 50 “daily effects of white privilege” in the first-person perspective of the author from her experiences. Though McIntosh tried to cover herself by claiming her examples shouldn’t be generalized, her work is obviously not read that way in the identity politics dominated Obama years. If even some of these privileges existed in the 1980s, you would be hard pressed to find them now. A sacred text of the anti-white/third worldist/regressive left, Invisible Knapsack could use a good skinning. Here is a critical assessment of privileges 1-10.
- I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
This is going to be the first of many of these items which 1.) was more true in the 1980s than the 2010s, 2.) is a simple reflection of demographic majority and not inherent to being White, and 3.) has become increasingly tied to wealth in the United States, as it is generally more expensive to live in a White area than not. (Which doesn’t stop the small Asian population you are starting to find in >85% White suburbs). “Privileges” such as this one are also a question of agency since one can select what kinds of people they want to keep as company.
- I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.
Again, this costs money. Just being White does not mean you can physically separate yourself from low-trust non-whites (or low-trust Whites for that matter). You need money and the means of getting 90 minutes outside of your workplace and back each day. Also this assumes we are “taught” to mistrust (by who?) rather than learning to do so ourselves from experience, observations, and information (like FBI table 43!).