Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 1 of 5


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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!).

  1. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.

Again, this is a money thing. For many of our people, aligning affordability and desirability is becoming increasingly difficult in the United States. The quest for “a nice neighborhood” and “good schools” is a latent desire for a vanishing America. Furthermore it is considered morally wrong to move away from diversity—which is what a large number of Whites like doing—so we have the privilege of having to disguise our motives with those dog whistles. White flight is a scorned phenomenon, one that the Obama administration has aggressively tried to neutralize through the Dept. of  Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which applies affirmative action to housing and urban planning. So again, a White person needs a lot of money rather than a lack of melanin if he wants to both live somewhere affordable and demographically desirable. For many this would involve living beyond their means just to give their children an upbringing that comes to close to their own. Political connections wouldn’t hurt either. Because you better believe if an area is deemed “too segregated” and only political enemies of HUD live there—conservative Whites—that the government will try to have it culturally enriched.

  1. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.

Depends on the neighborhood. White person moving into a White neighborhood, sure why not? White person moving into a non-white neighborhood, evil gentrification. We must preserve the character of our neighborho—wait what? Oh, only “diverse” people are allowed to do that.

  1. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

Were I a White woman, there are certainly many areas I would not want to go shopping by myself, especially in any major American urban environment. Remember the viral video last year of a woman walking around New York being sexually harassed by entirely men of color? A female jogger was found recently in the city strangled to death in a park with her clothes pulled off. Where was her privilege?

  1. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

Man, the 1980s must have been nice. In the 2010s, I can expect to see people of my race criticized for being represented at all, let alone widely represented. In fact, I can expect to see people celebrate the replacement of actors of Whiteness or of White roles with non-white ones, e.g. the widely-acclaimed Hamilton musical, diversity in comics, etc. Meanwhile the 2016 movie Gods of Egypt was widely condemned as racist for casting White people as North African deities.

  1. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

You mean a White supremacist capitalist patriarchy where literally all material wealth was derived  from slavery? Skyscrapers made of cotton? Yeah I know all about our original sin and that sort of stuff, and why we need to stand aside and be replaced for the good of the world. In my educational experience, I don’t think I was ever assigned a US history textbook which didn’t bend over backwards to give non-white identity groups their own subsections in each chapter. The takeaway is that my people made our civilization oppressive and those who challenged us are the real heroes. Harriet Tubman is more important than Andrew Jackson.

  1. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

You mean taught that their race is a social construct and that any differences they might notice among the others are due to their own implicit biases and privilege? Yeah if I had kids I would mortified to send them through our education system, which will indoctrinate them in the ideology of third worldism.

  1. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.

I am sure you had no trouble finding a (((publisher))) for anti-white literature. In fact, I am sure you received mostly support from your colleagues in academia, and were you to publish this in the current year, it would get widespread favorable coverage in the liberal clickbait press, i.e. the press in general.

  1. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.

I mean yeah if I do the whole opening my mouth and using my vocal cords thing someone is bound to hear me. But if I am the only White person in a group and not the leader, all other things equal I am probably not going to be given much weight. In fact, if I do find myself in some kind of decision-making group in which I am the only member of my race and therefore a racial minority, I would unironically be told to check my privilege, i.e. to shut up.

The next time you see someone spouting anti-white nonsense about privilege, combine rhetoric with hatefacts and shut it down.

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10 Responses to Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 1 of 5

  1. Bar Tar says:

    I live in one of the last oases of Whiteness in a foaming sea of black, brown, and yellow. I can see the shoreline receding in real-time. If I have children at the same age as my father, I don’t think there will be any dry land left anywhere; certainly this particular island will be submerged under many fathoms of seawater.

    My hope lies with the retiring of the old white men from an America gone by, the men who run this country’s electric grid, municipal water, and other critical infrastructure. When they leave, there will be nobody to replace them—literally, there are no replacements. The retiring of the last working-class generation with intelligence, skills, and wives will bring about the end of this charade.

    America: The Brazilification.

    Pretty soon we won’t even be able to build swimming pools.


  2. I went through this cycle of first being really angry at the concept of white privilege, then over a long gradual process of being redpilled coming to realize that it actually does exist, just not the way leftists think it does.

    Specifically, the leftist narrative that disparities in economic success, educational attainment, incarceration rates (the polite way of saying crime rates) and so on is a result of /discriminatory/ institutions and social norms/practices is basically incorrect in my view. Societies like the U.S. and France with modern capitalist and democratic institutions basically give the different ethnic/religious/cultural groups in their countries the same opportunities, and the reasons some groups like the Chinese succeed and some like African-Americans don’t are explicable by the internal characteristics (race, culture) of those groups. It is indeed really, really annoying when leftists, willfully or not, are incapable of realizing this fairly obvious point.

    However, IMO leftists *are* correct to observe that these differences exist, and that they have a pretty big impact on the way society works and the day to day lives of members of its various groups fit into the social fabric. (Though they fail to perceive the existence of /white/ subgroups like Jews or the Scots-Irish!) It isn’t white people’s fault, but black people genuinely /are/ much likelier to commit/be victims of a crime, perform poorly in school, and be less successful in the labor market than whites, etc., along with less substantive smaller signals of social exclusion. That probably sucks for black people, TBH. (And don’t forget that some blacks, like David Clarke Jr. and Thomas Sowell, realize that leftism is Bad For The Negroes and that the route to success is to copy the people who are successful, not to whine about them.)

    The real huWhite Privilege is having ancestors who underwent natural selection with fortunate industrial age byproducts and growing up in a community where you’re socialized to have values congenial to modern society. I don’t understand why we /shouldn’t/ feel privileged, in a good way, to be members of the world’s most accomplished race through an accident of birth.

    (Also this isn’t exactly relevant to OP, but in the exchange we had in an earlier post I was going to clarify what I meant about third worldism, but by the time I got around to drafting a reply the post was getting old so I figured I’d desist. I won’t bore anyone with another verbose effortcomment here, but in short my view is that third worldism conflates two different, often mutually exclusive ideologies, liberalism and leftism, because they’re both enemies of the right.)

    And I just realized after all that I actually quite liked and agreed with the thrust of this post, so, uh, keep up the good work.

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  3. Rifleman III says:

    Reblogged this on .


  4. Al says:

    This is off topic, but you (LM) need to (respectfully – or someone with a voice needs to) do an article that covers / comments on the recent NYT publication of a full page ad that advocates for racial segregation in Israel. The ad is available in PDF form at the website of the org that paid for it.

    Mondoweiss has a recent story on it, if you need a reference for what I’m speaking about. It’s the biggest story that isn’t being covered on the alt-right that I can see, especially in light of the run up to the US election when every other story in the NYT is commentary on the evils of US residents who are voting for the guy who is for border control, or a lamentation on the death of ‘liberal-conservatism’ via the vomit of David Brooks and his ilk.

    We’re reaching peak naked Jewish supremacism, it may seem.


  5. lingane says:

    Dear Mr Murray, my question could appears quite of stupid (and no related to this article, but comments on “what’s the alt-right” are closed) but, metapolitically speaking, don’t you agree than countryball/polandball fashion is, deeply, an alt-right culture ? IMO, people loving history, flags, stereotypes, and nationally-divided-world are, consciently or not, nationalists.

    (forgive my bad english, plox)


  6. lingane says:

    politics is quite simply, after all. The entire problem resume in ONE number :


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