Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OldPArtner, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. OldPArtner

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    1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

    2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.

    3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person's voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race.

    12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can cut my hair.

    13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.

    14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.

    15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.

    16. I can be pretty sure that my children's teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others' attitudes toward their race.

    17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.

    18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.

    19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.

    20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.

    21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

    22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world's majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

    23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.

    24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the "person in charge", I will be facing a person of my race.

    25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race.

    26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children's magazines featuring people of my race.

    27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.

    28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.

    29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.

    30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.

    31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.

    32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.

    33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.

    34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.

    35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.

    36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.

    37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.

    38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.

    39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

    40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.

    41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.

    42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.

    43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.

    44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.

    45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race.

    46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in "flesh" color and have them more or less match my skin.

    47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.

    48. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.

    49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.

    50. I will feel welcomed and "normal" in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.

    White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
     
  2. slurper_la

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    WTF???????/
     
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    It's obvious what it is. Barack Obama was elected by former minorities who wish to have their lives paid for and who wish to take without giving, and by young people who have no idea how things work. A smart liar elected by stuipd people can lead to no good.
    It is now very, very bad to be white.
    Here's a detailed description of what has happened:

    Dailymotion - Yuri Bezmenov, a video from onmyway02. bezmenov, KGB, yuri, soviet, marxism
     
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    Now that is plain stupid!

    Do you mean that the overwhelming 2/3's of American voters...a majority
    who voted for Obama....were minorities? Hogwash. Those whom voted
    were from all walks of life, social and financial standing, all color, and all
    ages. I am white and a Southerner and not a minority, and I am honored
    to have voted for him. He was the right person for the job...unlike McCain who would have only been a divisive leader and prolonged our problems.

    I have no idea what will happen, but I think the USA is going to finally be
    on the right road.

    For those whom think that it is now very bad to be white, well that just
    shows your color bias.....and you probably will always think that way no matter what. To me, that is very sad.

    That's my 2 cents...
     
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    Wow! In the space of one November night there was an exponential reproduction of minorities such that they are now "former minorities" with the mentality of Anna Nicole Smith.:eek:
     
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    and they call gays drama queens...........
     
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    Economic depression always brings out the worst in people. :frown1::mad:

    One of the most accurate and funny things Chris Rock has ever said is: "There is nothing a white man with a nickel hates more than a black man with a dime." :rolleyes:
     
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    Ok this pissed me off until I read Peggy McIntosh's article; these statements on their own are misleading without having read the text.
     
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    :261:I don't get it:shrug:
     
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    Follow the link at the end of the list. All will be revealed.
     
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    thanx ... will have to check it out later
     
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    Workin' up a good pot of mad!
    I enjoyed reading the full article . I have only seen this checklist previously.
     
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    Earned strength, unearned power. Thoughtful and revealing.
     
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    As long as whites like you try to speak for whites like me it is a bad day in America.
     
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    That video, now nearly a quarter century old, was nonsense when it was made.
    When Bezmenov was speaking, Gorbachev had already called for "a new way of thinking."
    Tectonic political plates were already shifting in the Warsaw Pact.
    The collapse of the Soviet Union was only a few years away.
    The vid would have been laughable in 1992.
    It is now preserved in amber, relevant only as a fossil of Old Thinking, and not in any way pertinent to this thread.
     
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    ah, status and its perpetuation

    old nut to those of us who read in history, anthropology, political science, et al
     
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    Sometimes I believe that its important for somebody to step up and take responsibility and say things that no one else wants to say.

    As a white male, I can't suggest that I understand what it is like to be an African American in the U.S. But our Constitution provides me with the right to speak my mind. I work for an organization that is owned by a black man. He's 63, I'm 36. He doesn't give a damn if people call him black or African American. His son is my age, and we are the best of friends. He doesn't give a damn if I call him black or African American; we are friends. I don't see him as black or what the fuck ever, I see him as a person. I think it is ridiculous to make a big deal about this, and so does he.

    If Barack Obama had a problem with this, he would not be our President-elect. I suggest that if you want to proliferate the race issue, you will continue to wade in a cesspool in which you will find no sympathy. Stop wallowing in victimization and take responsibility and make something of yourself. If Obama doesn't demonstrate the opportunities available to any ethnicity, then there is no opportunity for you.

    Take some responsibility and stop being a victim. That song has been played out and its over.
     
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    What I'm being is called a "guilty white liberal" (I mean not 100% white but still).
     
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