Barnaby Pung4 months ago
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh gives some insight into what exactly privilege is and how it is manifest in ways that provide inherent or implied power by virtue of birth traits. It is one of, if not the, first article of its kind written by a white individual. I often use it as a selection in critical thinking classes I teach. Most often my classes come tothe conclusion that while accurate in some respects, the discourse is a bit outdated (1988) and comes from the perspective of a college professor, so there is potential role bias as well. The conversation almost always turns to socioeconomic factors and in turn to discussions of social and cultural capital. Which begs the question of the role of socioeconomic status in the power and privilege dynamic.