Today, #WhitePrivilege is often described through the lens of Peggy McIntosh’s groundbreaking essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Originally published in 1988, the essay helps readers recognize white privilege by making its effects personal and tangible. For many, white privilege was an invisible force that white people needed to recognize. It was being able to walk into a store and find that the main displays of shampoo and panty hose were catered toward your hair type and skin tone. It was being able to turn on the television and see people of your race widely represented. It was being able to move through life without being racially profiled or unfairly stereotyped. All true.
This idea of white privilege as unseen, unconscious advantages took hold. It became easy for people to interpret McIntosh’s version of white privilege—fairly or not—as mostly a matter of cosmetics and inconvenience.
Those interpretations overshadow the origins of white privilege, as well as its present-day ability to influence systemic decisions. They overshadow the fact that white privilege is both a legacy and a cause of racism. And they overshadow the words of many people of color, who for decades recognized white privilege as the result of conscious acts and refused to separate it from historic inequities.
In short, we’ve forgotten what white privilege really means—which is all of this, all at once. And if we stand behind the belief that recognizing white privilege is integral to the anti-bias work of white educators, we must offer a broader recognition.
Becoming aware of privilege should not be viewed as a burden or source of guilt, but rather, an opportunity to learn and be responsible so that we may work toward a more just and inclusive world. Check you (sic) privilege. Privilege: Unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.
There’s more at the link, and many, many more articles on the subject, but, put as basically as I can, white privilege means that there are unspoken and really undefined advantages is being visibly Caucasian in a predominantly white society. White people do not face quite as much suspicion as far as their motives and actions are concerned, and are simply more trusted. Jesse Jackson once said:
There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps . . . then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.
The mantra of the left these days is all about ‘checking your privilege,’ as a way for non-whites to try to get a leg up, and as a way for some whites to assuage their guilt.
One of the privileges of being white is a far lesser risk of being shot and killed. In the City of Brotherly Love, there have been 321 homicides so far this year. That’s a higher number than the entire year for 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Though blacks are only 41.5% of Philadelphia’s population, they made up 85% of the homicide victims in 2019.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and the other local media barely cover the murders anymore, because there are so many that they’re really not newsworthy anymore.
Unless, of course, the victim is a Cute Little White Girl.
On June 27, 2009, “party planner” Rian Thal was murdered in a drug robbery gone bad:
Rian Thal, 34, was a party girl.
Known as “the white girl,” the 5-foot-4 blonde threw parties in Society Hill and Northern Liberties which drew aspiring hip-hop rappers, pro athletes and the city’s top drug dealers, according to law enforcement sources.
Even star rapper Beanie Sigel showed up sometimes at parties around 2nd and Market streets, the sources said.
“She was not unfamiliar with drugs, money and rappers,” one investigator said. “She might have been questioned a lot of times.”
On Saturday, her lifestyle apparently caught up with her.
Thal and a male friend were shot several times and killed inside the Navona apartment building in the trendy Piazza at Schmidts complex, where she lived, in Northern Liberties
Investigators said they found four kilos of cocaine and more than $100,000 in her seventh-floor apartment.
Had Miss Thal been a black woman, or a black man, the murder would have had little attention. Because she was a Cute Little White Girl, her face was plastered all over the Philadelphia media, especially The Philadelphia Inquirer, a copy of which I bought every day to take to the plant, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a tabloid paper published by the same ownership as the Inquirer. The stories about Miss Thal’s death went on and on and on.
I guess that her white privilege was to have her picture splashed all over the Philadelphia media, not to mention the national news.
The editorial leadership of the Inquirer was solidly Democratic. Their editorials always had a liberal, though rarely hard left, slant. They’ve endorsed Democrats for time out of mind, including a silly “21-gun-salute,” twenty-one straight days of endorsements of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) in the 2004 presidential race.
Why do I bring this up? Because the liberals are at it again, this time over the arrest of Kathryn Patterson, 20, a student at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on several felony charges stemming from an arson during the Mostly Peaceful Protests® following the police shooting of Ricardo Muñoz. Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call, and were then charged by the knife-wielding Mr Muñoz.
Robert Stacy McCain noted just what you’d expect: the left are up in arms that Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth set a very high bail amount, $1,000,000, for Miss Patterson and most of fellow defendants. Perhaps the judge was aware of just what it costs to attend Franklin and Marshall — $75,801 per year, including room and board — and figured a lesser bail would be nothing at all to a poor little rich girl. The other defendants received the same bail, but surprise, surprise, surprise, all of the media attention is on the Cute Little White Girl.
“It’s self-evidently unconstitutional,” Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D-PA) said. “Whatever the merit of the underlying charges, what is absolutely indefensible is a million dollar bail for those charges.” The Honorable Mr Fetterman seems completely nonplussed at the fact that some of Governor Tom Wolf’s (D-PA) executive orders were ruled to be unconstitutional by a federal judge and that Governor Wolf wants to appeal that ruling.
The court ruled that the Governor’s orders banning large gatherings violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of peaceable assembly — something that I would characterize, to use Mr Fetterman’s words, as “self-evidently unconstitutional” — and violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses with his “stay at home” orders.
I guess that “self-evidently unconstitutional” depends upon whose ox is gored.
I am assuming here that Miss Patterson was the only Franklin and Marshall student arrested, because Barbara K. Altmann, President of the college, issued this statement:
Our community is hurting. We are all processing and trying to contextualize the death of Ricardo Muñoz in Lancaster city this past weekend. Regardless of the ultimate outcome of this investigation, we all mourn the loss of the life of Mr. Muñoz.
You are “processing and trying to contextualize the death of Ricardo Muñoz”? He was the originator of a domestic disturbance, was armed with a knife, and he charged police officers. That’s a really simply thing to understand.
For many, this is a reminder of the deeply challenged relationship between BIPOC and law enforcement. We are shaken as a campus and city. We find ourselves asking questions and trying to understand the moment. These are questions we all should grapple with.
BIPOC? “Black, Indigenous and People of Color,” yet another stupid acronym. Black students make up just 6.13% of the student body at F&M, and, as for Indigenous, American Indian or Alaska Native make up 0.0876%, while 0.0438% are Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders. Doing the math, with 2283 total students, that means there are two American Indian or Alaska Native students, and just one native Hawai’ian or Pacific Islander in the student body.
On a community-level, we are also processing the impact that the past few nights of activism have had on a member of our own family. As you are likely aware, F&M student Kat Patterson was arrested Sunday night at the protests. We have read the allegations against her, as reported in the LNP. We stand by our students’ constitutional right to protest. And affirm a presumption of innocence. Senior staff has been in close contact with the family and will continue to do so as we focus on her well-being. Thank you, students, for creating a GoFundMe page to assist Kat and her family; many of us in our community will be contributing.
Does Miss Patterson’s constitutional right to protest include arson, include breaking windows and causing other damage?
F&M’s senior staff will continue to work with students, faculty and professional staff, on campus and studying remotely, to support and encourage programs, courses and workshops on these social justice issues. We recognize that many are feeling unsafe, including within our own community. This must change. We encourage everyone to be part of this effort and support one another. We have all been heartened by the persistent and dedicated activism demonstrated by our community, especially by you – our students. Thank you for that. Together, we know we will persevere to a better tomorrow.
Why would “many” of the students be “feeling unsafe”? Mr Muñoz was shot when he attacked a policeman, and the policemen were there because of a 911 call over his actions:
Riots erupted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after #BlackLivesMatter activists lied about the police shooting of a criminal. Officials released police bodycam video that shows Ricardo Miguel Munoz, 27, charging a cop with a knife. Munoz had recently been released from prison on an aggravated assault charge for a 2019 incident in which he stabbed four people. Police were called to the scene for a domestic disturbance where Munoz was reportedly threatening his mother. As soon as the first cop arrived on the scene, Munoz came charging out of the house with a large knife. The officer retreated before firing his weapon. From the time Munoz came out the door until the officer shot, only four seconds elapsed. Clearly this shooting was justified.
All the students at Franklin and Marshall need to do is not charge the police while wielding a knife, and they won’t get shot by the police.
Apparently, in this time, college administrators don’t really care that some really bad guys are assaulting women. Whether Mr Muñoz winds up sainted by the left, as has been done with George Floyd, remains to be seen.
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