White Privilege in Reality-Reading Response 1
January 18, 2012 § 8 Comments
If you take a moment and just look around our WOST 380 class, it shows white privilege in reality. Look at it, the born opportunity, the first choice, the easier path, and the “norm” of America’s society. You might just see it as Purdue being a predominantly white institution, but I see it as an open atmosphere of white privilege, with a few speckles of color.
McIntosh states that whites aren’t taught to recognize the fact that they have white privilege. To test this theory I asked four of my fellow peers, two whites and two Blacks, if they thought Purdue was diverse. The two whites said yes they did for reasons such as “two Asians in my lab group” or “3 Blacks on my floor.” The other two girls came to reason that Purdue wasn’t diverse because it was a predominantly white institution and “a few international kids don’t make things different, everywhere you go its all white people.” The perspectives of the girls were very opposite and it seemed that the statement McIntosh said was true. The white girls were oblivious to the fact that it was a predominantly white institution, but noticed maybe one or two people that were different than them. The Black girls saw Purdue as a whole and recognized the fact that it was predominantly white and had little diversity.
I agree that it will take a lot of efforts and realization in order to “redesign social systems and change racism.” The white privilege would have to be brought to light and other races will have to be sure to stand for equality so that justice is truly done.
-i am open to opinions an comments. no offense, non taken.